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  • Reckless no-deal Brexit ()
    Article: Jun 28, 2020

    Grim reading when considered alongside the impact of coronavirus on society.

    Just these few reasons (and there are many more) here should be enough to warrant asking for an extension to the transistion period.

    So if it happens the question that needs asking -

    If a no-deal Brexit doesn't benefit Britain - Who does it benefits and why is it being pushed at the expense of the populace?

  • Diana Maddock
    Article: Jun 27, 2020

    It is with great sadness that Liberal Democrats has learned of the death of Baroness Diana Maddock last night.

    Diana was a Liberal then Liberal Democrat councillor for Portswood from 1984 to 1993, when she won the Christchurch by-election to become an MP. In 1997, she was elevated to the House of Lords as Baroness Maddock of Christchurch and she served as Party President from 1998 to 2000.

    'A tireless campaigner, Diana was an outstanding councillor, dedicated to improving our neighbourhoods and enhancing the lives of her constituents. She won her 1988 re-election under the banner "It's Diana Again' as we didn't know from day to day what the name of the newly-merged Liberal/SDP party would be! Much of the later success of the Lib Dems in Southampton was down to her inspiration. Her name still resonates with residents of Portswood where her political career was launched. Her later career is the stuff of Lib Dem history. She will be sorely missed.' (Adrian Vinson, City Alderman and former Portswood councillor)

  • Ed Davey
    Article: Jun 26, 2020

    On the anniversary of the referendum, liberals must not lose hope, but instead rise to the challenges that lie ahead.

    Liberal Democrats will remain the pro-European, internationalist party we have always been. Our voice, and our liberal values are needed now more than ever.


  • Daisy Cooper MP
    Article: Jun 26, 2020
    By Liberal Democrats

    Responding to the latest Government statistics on COVID-19 in Prison and Probation Service in England and Wales, Liberal Democrat Justice Spokesperson Daisy Cooper said:

    "With more than 500 prisoners testing positive for coronavirus, but only 175 being released early, it is clear the Government aren't taking seriously the spread of the virus in our prisons. They have completely failed to end overcrowding in prisons, allowing them to become a crucible for the disease.

    "Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Liberal Democrats have been clear it is impossible to practice safe social distancing in prisons whilst they remain so overcrowded.

    "Ministers need to release all low-risk prisoners serving short sentences and suspend any new short sentences to alleviate the severe overcrowding. Otherwise the Government will continue to not only fail prisoners, but prisons staff, and their communities."


  • Job Centre
    Article: Jun 26, 2020

    There are difficultly times ahead, with rising unemployment levels on the horizon as new figures suggest the number of local job vacancies is plummeting due to the coronavirus crisis. new figures suggest.

    It is likely the government will attempt to hide the impact of the current status quo of a no-deal Brexit within the devastating impact that coronavirus is having on the economy as both start to impact the local economy and lives.

  • Armed Forces
    Article: Jun 26, 2020

    Thank you to all our forces personnel, based in and around Salisbury plain. Thank you for all you do and the invaluable help you've been throughout the #covid19 pandemic.

    Initially, there were 20,000 UK Armed Forces personnel stood at readiness for the Covid Support force (CSF), with up to 4,000 committed on most days.

  • Businesses reopening gradually
    Article: Jun 24, 2020
    Its great that our pubs, cafes and other businesses are getting ready to open their doors again from Saturday, July 4, but many are still waiting for clear instructions to reopen incl. leisure centres and gyms.
    #BusinessWest, the region's chamber of commerce, cautiously welcomed the relaxing of the two meter rule - but stressed that more support would be needed to aid struggling firms.
  • Article: Jun 24, 2020

    Nominations for the next leader of the Liberal Democrats have opened today, the Party has confirmed.

    Candidates must be an MP and be proposed by at least 10% of other members of the Parliamentary Party in the House of Commons. They must also be supported by at least 200 individual members from 20 local parties.

    In order to vote in the contest, you must be a Party member at the close of nominations on the 9th July. The ballot will then open on the 30th July and close on the 26th August, after which the Party will announce the next leader.

    Liberal Democrat Party President Mark Pack said:

    "The sad state of our Government today shows how desperately the country needs a vision of an outward-looking, caring country that celebrates diversity and benefits from high-quality public services.

    "With Liberal Democrat membership at record levels, I ur ge everyone else who shares our values to join us in the coming days and vote in the leadership election."

  • Tim Farron
    Article: Jun 23, 2020
    By Tim Farron

    Responding to last night's announcement from the Government that people who have been permanently self-isolating during this crisis will no longer need to shield from August, local MP Tim Farron said: "Many people who have been shielding across the United Kingdom since March had told me that they feel like they had been completely forgotten about by the Government.

  • Article: Jun 23, 2020
    By Ellen Nicholson

    In a letter addressed to the local MP, Andrew Murrison, Liberal Democrat spokesperson Ellen Nicholson for South West Wiltshire said: "as the Prime Minister continues to refuse to rethink his position on accepting an extension to the transition period, it is time the facts were laid bare about what this will mean for our country."

    The intervention coincides with the fourth anniversary of the EU referendum result this week, the 23rd of June. Despite concerns, the Government formally rejected the option to extend the transition period earlier this month.

    Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:

    "Even before coronavirus, the Government had a tight timetable for the Brexit talks. As the Prime Minister continues to oppose extending the transition period, he must at least be honest about what this means for our country.

    "By reviewing the impact assessments done last Autumn, as well as undertaking an economic assessment, the Government can be transparent with the public about the consequence of refusing to extend the transition period."

    Liberal Democrat spokesperson Ellen Nicholson for South West Wiltshire added:

    "Boris Johnson's refusal to even consider requesting an extension to the Brexit transition as we face a global health and economic crisis shows he is putting his Brexit ideology before the UK's national interest.

    "The pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on jobs, businesses and the wider UK economy. Tackling the coronavirus crisis must be the Conservative Government's priority, and people have a right to know to what extent a no deal puts this at risk.

    "In the interests of everyone living across South West Wiltshire, the Liberal Democrats are urging Andrew Murrison to join us in calling for this review."