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Welcome to the website of Southend Liberal Democrats

Campaigning for Southend and district, all year round.

Meet your Lib Dem Councillors on the second Saturday of the month at Leigh Community Centre between 9 and 10.45 am.

For any information please contact us via the e-mail address above or via our Contact Us page.

You can join the Liberal Democrats via the Join Us page. Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to be kept up to date on all local and national Liberal Democrat matters.




Click here to download the full Southend manifesto.


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Recent updates

  • Article: Jun 2, 2019


    The Labour, Independent and Liberal Democrat groups on Southend-on-Sea Borough Council have reached an agreement to form a joint administration, and give the borough the stable leadership that it needs.

    Following the Appointments Council on 16 May, where the Conservative minority administration lost every contested position and it was made clear that Cllr Tony Cox cannot command a stable majority, and the Independent Group calling an extraordinary meeting of the Council, negotiations between the three groups continued. The result is an agreement to work together for the good of Southend, to provide the bold and radical change in direction that residents voted for at the local elections.

  • Article: Jun 1, 2019
    By Wera Hobhouse, Lib Dem MP for Bath

    We can do more to protect the mental health of new mothers.

    This Global Day of Parents, let's make that happen.

    Wera Hobouse.

    Today is Global Day of Parents - a day proclaimed by the UN to honour parents throughout the world. The birth of a child is a life-changing event. For many mothers, this will be the happiest time of their lives, but this is never the whole story. New mothers can often experience mental health problems before and after birth, cope with the trauma of pregnancy and birth, and struggle with societal expectations of motherhood.

    On International Women's Day in March, I presented my second Private Members Bill to Parliament. This bill seeks to enshrine a mother's right to mental health checks into legislation - demanding that all mothers in the UK be given a six-week post-natal mental health check.

    Research from the National Childbirth Institute shows that 60% of new mothers feel unable to talk to a health professional about their emotional state.

    Research from the National Childbirth Institute shows that 60% of new mothers feel unable to talk to a health professional about their emotional state. Some said they were embarrassed, ashamed, or worried that medical staff would think they couldn't look after their own baby. And 22% of new mothers were never asked about their emotional wellbeing at all.

    Since 2004, the six-week baby check has been included as a mandatory requirement in the General Medical Services (GMS) contract. Yet the mother's mental health and wellbeing check was omitted from the contract - despite being advised by NICE guidelines. This has led to a postcode lottery, where some women receive a thorough mental health check while others can find check-ups rushed or even skipped.

    With around one in five women experiencing a mental health problem during pregnancy or in the year after birth, it is vital that we ensure mothers are supported. Not only is this important for the future health of the mother, but by ensuring appropriate and early mental health support is provided for mothers the impact of mental illness on babies and young children can be reduced or removed completely.

    The wider conversation around parity of esteem argues that without mental health, the physical health of a person suffers.

    The Conservative Government has said it is committed to supporting mental health services for people across the country. However, their lack of action calls this claim into doubt - mental health services cannot exist in a vacuum and support must be threaded through our health service.

    The Liberal Democrats have long championed improving mental health support. The wider conversation around parity of esteem argues that without mental health, the physical health of a person suffers. This is plainly obvious in the case of a mother and her new-born child.

    Motherhood and birth have too long been the remit of myth and common misconception. This Global Day of Parents we need honest conversations with mothers about what they should expect and how they may be feeling. To allow mental health to be side-lined is a dereliction of duty of care to new mothers and their babies.

  • Article: May 31, 2019

    We're in the middle of a huge surge in membership! Find out more now πŸŽ‰

    11,000. Yep, that's 5 digits.

    That's how many people have joined the Liberal Democrats since the start of May. 🀯

    To put that in perspective, that's enough people to fill:

    πŸ”Ά Almost 86 double-decker buses 🚌

    πŸ”Ά Blackpool Tower ballroom - 5 and a half times πŸ’ƒπŸ»

    πŸ”Ά Wimbledon's No.1 Court 🎾

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    And in fact, by the time you're reading this, it could well be 12,000 - we'd had 600 new signups by lunchtime today alone!

    We've been fighting to give you the final say on Brexit for almost 3 years now - and we're winning. More and more people are becoming Lib Dem voters, supporters and members - many for the first time. We are the party of Remain.

    There's never been a better time to be a Liberal Democrat - so why not join us too?

    Our message is clear - we want to stop Brexit. Every vote, every new supporter, every new member is another step towards that. There's never been a better time to be a Liberal Democrat - so why not join us too?

    And if you do, you don't just become part of the biggest, most united Remain party, getting a say on our policy and direction. If you join by 7th June you'll get a vote on choosing who'll succeed Sir Vince Cable as Lib Dem leader. It's a really exciting time to get involved!

    Membership starts at just Β£1 a month and it only takes 5 minutes to get signed up. Become part of the biggest liberal, pro-EU family in the UK. Become a Liberal Democrat today.

  • Event: Jul 13, 2019 9:00 AM - 10:45 AM
    Leigh Community Centre, 71-73 Elm Road, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex SS9 1SP

    Meet your Lib Dem Councillors on the second Saturday of the month at Leigh Community Centre between 9 and 10.45 am.

  • Article: May 27, 2019
    By Jo Swinson MP

    The Liberal Democrats, the Greens, the SNP, Change UK and Plaid Cymru won 40% of the vote compared to 35% for the Brexit Party and UKIP.

    Clearly, there is no mandate for Nigel Farage's terrifying vision of crashing out of the EU with no deal. But there is real danger ahead. Farage has reinserted himself back into our politics. And the Conservative Party looks likely to elect a new leader who will seek to emulate him by steering a course towards a no deal crash-out.

  • Article: May 23, 2019

    The opinion polls all tell the same story: the Liberal Democrats are the biggest and strongest Remain party in the East of England. Use your vote today to support the Lib Dems and stop the Brexit Party gaining a further seat.

  • Article: May 23, 2019

    Remember how it felt watching the Lib Dem gains roll in after the local elections on Thursday 2nd May? Let's make another night to remember by electing Liberal Democrat MEPs to the European Parliament today. Visit www.libdems.org.uk/events to find out where you can help, or contact your local team.

  • Article: May 22, 2019

    Over the last three weeks our fantastic team of Liberal Democrat candidates have been out and about across the East of England, talking to voters. Marie Goldman was up early one morning to speak to voters at Chelmsford station. She found many former Labour voters say they will back the Liberal Democrats this time.

  • Article: May 22, 2019
    By Greg Foster

    Perhaps not the one you were thinking of - but the ex-head of the Civil Service Gus O'Donnell is one of a big list of big names from across the political spectrum who are backing the Liberal Democrats tomorrow. Read their endorsements: πŸ”ΆπŸ”Ά

    1. Lord Heseltine, Tory peer

    The former Deputy PM endorsed us in the Sunday Times.

    2. Andrew MacKinlay, former Labour MP

    Andrew was MP for Thurrock for 18 years and a Labour member for 52. But he endorsed us on Monday, slamming Labour's refusal to oppose this Brexit shambles.

    3. Gus O'Donnell, former civil servant

    Gus, former head of the civil service and cross-bench peer, wrote for the Times to endorse us. He was very clear - we're the biggest, strongest party of Remain and if you want to stop Brexit you need to vote Lib Dem.

    Dick Newby@RichardNewby3

    Delighted that Lord (Gus) O'Donnell joining Tory Peers Lords Heseltine and Cooper in voting @libdems tomorrow. GOD has devoted his life to public service and knows stopping is in our national interest
    Cameron peer is latest Tory to back Lib Dems https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/cameron-peer-lord-cooper-is-latest-tory-to-back-lib-dems-dqwjg5lfm?shareToken=ead1da2d844a2e67a8cb5d1c6326b785 …

    Cameron peer Lord Cooper is latest Tory to back Lib Dems

    David Cameron's former director of strategy faces suspension from the Conservative Party whip for declaring today that he will vote for the Liberal Democrats in the European elections. With the...

    4. Julie Girling, independent MEP

    Writing for her blog, Julie said that we're the only party with the infrastructure to send MEPs to Brussels who'll make a difference. She agrees - a vote for the Lib Dems is the most effective way to win a People's Vote.

    5. Matthew Parris, former MP and columnist

    Speaking on Newsnight, he condemned the Tories' unceremoniously chucking of Michael Heseltine. Then, he endorsed us and urged Remainers to do the same:

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    6. Michael Cashman, Labour peer

    Lord Cashman's endorsement was succinct, so we'll let him do the talking for us:

    Michael Cashman@mcashmanCBE

    I think I've just resigned from the Labour party by declaring that I will support the Liberal Democrats in the European elections.

    BONUS: Labour's lead MEP candidate in the South East

    We're not sure it was perhaps as deliberate as the ones above, but Labour's lead candidate in the South East had this to say in a hustings - "if you want to stop Brexit, vote with your heart, vote Liberal Democrat"...

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    Even Labour's own MEP candidates are admitting the truth: if you want to stop Brexit, vote your heart and vote Liberal Democrat this Thursday.
    Vote for the strongest party of Remain > http://www.libdems.org.uk/stop-brexit

    The trend is clear - people from across the political spectrum are getting behind us. Vote to stop Brexit - vote Lib Dem tomorrow:
  • Article: May 22, 2019
    By Wera Hobhouse

    Fracking harms our communities and plunges our planet further into a climate crisis. Lib Dems are fighting to ban it across Europe πŸŒπŸƒ

    Throughout our history, the Liberal Democrats have lead the way on green issues. The 1979 Liberal/SDP manifesto called for a "war on waste and pollution" and highlighted "the need to reserve the natural environment for future generations."

    Forty years later, our 2019 European manifesto is no less radical. Just last week, Vince Cable announced our commitment to campaign for an EU-wide ban on fracking.

    The Lib Dems know that for real change, we need to work together. Without working with our friends across Europe, we have no chance of effectively tackling our climate crisis.

    We're the party that can take on the Brexiteers, the populists, the climate science deniers.

    That's why we're fighting to stop Brexit. Without a seat at the table, Britain won't be able to push for the radical, large-scale, progressive change the EU needs to embrace if we're going to properly address this climate emergency.

    Alongside the fracking ban, we're calling on the EU to:

    • Adopt a net zero greenhouse gas emissions target by 2050
    • Increase their standards of and investment in energy efficiency
    • Implement an EU-wide action plan on deforestation
    • Take immediate action to tackle the use of plastics
    • So much more… you can read our full manifesto here.

    We know it's ambitious. That's why we need the whole EU to pull together - Britain cannot go it alone if we're going to protect our planet for future generations. When we Stop Brexit, we'll remain part of the strongest international team against climate change.

    Wera Hobhouse MP πŸ”Ά@Wera_Hobhouse

    The @LibDems have just overtaken Labour in a poll for the .

    The choice has never been clearer. If you support , then . We are the only credible choice to .
    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/lib-dems-leapfrog-labour-as-tories-trail-in-euro-polls-pnclfvm7d …

    Lib Dems leapfrog Labour as Tories trail in Euro polls

    The Liberal Democrats have overtaken Labour while the Tories are pushed to fifth place, according to a poll for The Times before the European elections. The Lib Dems appear to be picking up support...

    273 people are talking about this

    With Lib Dem MEPs in the European Parliament, we'll be able to call for real, meaningful change in EU environmental policy. As well as being the largest Remain party in the country, we're also the party with the strongest record on green issues and solid, radical, evidence-based environmental policy. We're the party that can take on the Brexiteers, the populists, the climate science deniers.

Join the Lib Dems