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A post-election message from James Read, Chair of Southampton Liberal Democrats

May 4, 2018 7:30 PM
By Southampton Liberal Democrats

I'd like to thank the thousands of people across Southampton who put their trust in us and supported their local Liberal Democrat candidate. We have regained third place across the city, and regained second place in Portswood.

We had our most energetic and committed slate of candidates for years, all of whom attended the election count, and fully supported our city-wide campaign throughout this last year. I'd like to thank them, and our army of members and supporters who were so active all across our city.

This was our best campaign for over a decade and I'm proud of all of our energy, positivity, and commitment to the areas we seek to represent. I'm proud to be part of this fantastic team.

Nationally, our performance was much more heartening - strengthening our positions on councils in Hull, Gosport, Liverpool and others, and winning control of Richmond and Kingston. We have won seats in Remain and Leave voting areas up and down the country and, as our leader Vince Cable says, we have shown that we can win anywhere.

Our Southampton team will continue to work hard, and hold the Labour administration, and councillors of all parties, to account. We will continue to work hard all year round and I am confident that this hard work will find its reward.

Despite not being elected, your local Lib Dem campaigners will continue to assist and represent you. Please get in touch with us if there are any issues in your local area that you would like us to address.

James Read
Chair of Southampton Liberal Democrats