Councillor Chris Hammond is the new Leader of Southampton Labour
Southampton Council’s Labour Group chose Councillor Christopher Hammond to lead the Labour Group and the city, and re-elected Cllr Jacqui Rayment as Deputy Leader tonight.
The vote to formally elect the Leader of the Council will take place on Wednesday 16th May.
Chris has been a Councillor since 2013, when he won in a by-election, re-elected in 2016 and was re-elected again last week for the ward of Woolston in the Southampton Itchen constituency.
He has served in the Cabinet since 2015, most recently as Cabinet Member for Sustainable Living, where he has delivered significant progress on a number of fronts, most notably the Clean Air Strategy.
Chris brings a range of private and public sector work experience, most recently as a Project Manager for Nationwide Building Society.
Chris commented ‘I am absolutely delighted and humbled to be elected as the Group’s new Leader. Simon Letts will be a hard act to follow. I am determined to build on the great achievements we have made to date as a Labour Administration to further transform the Council and make a positive difference for the people of Southampton’.
Councillor Chris Hammond is the new Leader of Southampton Labour Southampton Council’s Labour Group chose Councillor Christopher Hammond to lead the Labour Group and the city, and re-elected Cllr Jacqui...
Southampton sticks with Labour
Yesterday’s local elections produced no overall change for Southampton, leaving Labour still in majority control of the Council with 25 out of 48 seats.
Southampton Labour Party thank the people of this great city for entrusting the important task of running the Council in these elections.
We congratulate all our successful candidates, and also thank the dedicated Councillors and candidates who did not get elected as well as those who retired this year.
A special thankyou to former Councillor Simon Letts, who ably led the Council for the last five years through many challenges. His leadership has significantly benefited the city’s economic performance and his work to repair damaged industrial relations has been a critical building block in ensuring the council has a sustainable future.
We were elected to deliver an exciting and broad-ranging manifesto.
Investing in our infrastructure, particularly roads and pavements, improving air quality, investing in more housing including new Council housing, a focus on growing the economy, increasing apprenticeship opportunities, improving the quality of social care are just some of the priorities of this Administration.
Despite large Tory cuts to our budgets we have consistently sought to protect frontline services and try different approaches so we still have the services that people rely upon. We are one of the few Councils that have retained all their Sure Start Services, we have restructured the library service to keep all the libraries open by working with other community groups, we have sought new partnerships to offset the tough financial climate.
The Southampton Labour team looks forward to implementing this manifesto and delivering further improvements for the people of Southampton.
Southampton sticks with Labour Yesterday’s local elections produced no overall change for Southampton, leaving Labour still in majority control of the Council with 25 out of 48 seats. Southampton...
Door knocking and the Labour party go hand in hand as naturally as rain and the British summer.
But what is door knocking, and why is it such a big deal to us?
Simply put, door knocking is when groups of Labour Party supporters (or any party’s supporters) go up and down a targeted road knocking on people’s doors to have a conversation with them about what matters to them, and what their concerns are or might be. Southampton Labour Party are very active door knockers and usually have something happening most weekends.
One of the regular responses we get from residents when we knock on their door is ‘what are you guys doing here? You only come around at elections?’ We find that we often give people a nice surprise when we come around in the winter or early in the spring, as it helps dispel the myth that we only care about reminding people to vote in May.
We come around and talk to people as we want to hear what you have to say! If there are issues with your roads, your bins, or access to your GP, then we may not always be able to help straight away but we want to hear about it so that we can feed it back to the council services. Our session almost always includes local councillors, often for that area, who will then have a direct line to many of the services at the Council. We also do this as we are aware of a lot of the bad press that Politician’s – usually unfairly - get for being ‘out of touch’. We want to dispel this and say ‘hello, this is who I am, I am standing out here in the cold to listen to you’. We won’t deny that door knocking gives us valuable data about voting preferences so that we can target our resources effectively, but the main reason we do this is that we genuinely care what people think.
Door knocking and the Labour party go hand in hand as naturally as rain and the British summer. But what is door knocking, and why is it such a big... Read more
If anything good came from the 2017 snap general election, it was the mass mobilisation of young people to the Labour cause. No one saw it coming, especially a prominent section of the older, Tory-leaning generation who had been too busy dismissing us as avocado-munching millennials to realise how politically engaged we were. In the wake of this, the Labour Party has to be able to make the transition from simply mobilising young people at rallies and on social media, to organising and educating at all levels, from grassroots CLPs and University Labour Societies through to the Young Labour National Committee.
Young, working-class people across the country are united in their struggle against Tory austerity, increasing tuition fees, extortionate rents, unpaid internships, and insecure jobs in the gig economy. In Southampton & Romsey we have the added complication of living in the South East where everything is more expensive, from houses to beer. This is all well and good for those in well-paid, secure work, who can afford the benefits of living in the South East, but for young people working in supermarkets or as Deliveroo riders, it just presents another barrier. With two universities in the city bringing in a large, transient population of young people needing somewhere to live, the rent issue, in particular, is a prominent one here in Southampton. Ridiculous agency fees, high rents, absent landlords and substandard living conditions are a blight on young people who are just starting out on their own and make saving up for something better almost impossible.
But it’s not all doom and gloom. In the fight for equal rights and a more progressive society, young people are always at the forefront. With social media, young people are talking to and learning from people all around the world, living vastly different lives to our own. To truly transform the lives of the many we need to embrace both class politics and identity politics that transcends borders, and in a city like Southampton with its diverse population, international links, and strong Labour tradition, we are in a real position to do just that, with young people leading the way. When a Labour government comes to power it will be our young members, as well as young trade unionists and social justice activists, who are driving the radical social and economic transformation this country needs.
If anything good came from the 2017 snap general election, it was the mass mobilisation of young people to the Labour cause. No one saw it coming, especially a prominent...
Do you own an electric vehicle in #southampton, or are you considering getting one? As part of your Labour run councils clean air strategy, 30 new electric vehicle...
Construction will begin next week alongside some newly planted Trees
Green Wall Construction will begin next week alongside some newly planted Trees As part of our Clean Air Strategy, Your Labour-run Council are trialling a ‘Green Wall’ on the Western...
Our Labour councillor for Bargate, Sarah Bogle, has written this great article about the upcoming anniversary of women gaining the vote. It is so important that we exercise our right to vote.....
Tuesday 6th February is the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, which historically gave (some) women the vote for the first time, 8.5 million women over 30 and who owned property.
Equality of voting age (at 21) with men did not come till a decade later, but this was a significant step forward after many years of campaigning and protest.
2018 was also the year that women first got the right to stand for the UK Parliament, and 100 years on, we now have 208 women MPs 32% of the total.
Local government should be more representative, but we still have a way to go. Southampton has just 12 female Councillors out of the 48, just 25% of the total, Labour has 9 of them, and hopefully there will be more after this year’s local elections on 3rd May, partly thanks to Labour’s policy of all women shortlists (AWS).
I was first elected as a Councillor in Bargate on a 15% turnout, at which point I was delighted to be elected but quite upset at the level of voter engagement. Turnout has increased, but this has been partly because many of our more transient population are not registering in the first place, because of the new individual voter registration system.
It is strange to think that women were prepared to die for this right to vote not that long ago, and many countries, that right is still not established. Now, significant numbers do not even register to vote, and many never use their vote, particularly in local elections. I hope the focus on this important centenary this year will inspire more people, and particularly women to use their vote.
Our Labour councillor for Bargate, Sarah Bogle, has written this great article about the upcoming anniversary of women gaining the vote. It is so important that we exercise our right...
We enjoyed celebrating International Women's day yesterday at #Southampton Civic Centre.
Some of our councilors and members met up with other women and organised a 'flag raising event', to celebrate all the amazing achievements of women over the last 100 years.
It is important to celebrate what has happened,but also to appreciate that there is still more work to do.
We enjoyed celebrating International Women's day yesterday at #Southampton Civic Centre. Some of our councilors and members met up with other women and organised a 'flag raising event', to celebrate all the...
SOUTHAMPTON CITY COUNCIL PROUDLY LEADS THE WAY IN COMBATING MENTAL ILLNESS
Southampton’s Labour-run council have taken the bold step of signing the ‘Employers Pledge’, at an informative and moving signing event in the Mayor’s Parlour at the Civic Centre on Thursday 1st February. It was attended by local press, mental health organisations, and individuals who work within the mental health sector.
Signing the pledge has committed Southampton City Council to take specific steps, including following a clear action plan, to address mental health discrimination in the workplace. To do this they will work closely with the organisation ‘Time to Change’, who also promote #timetotalk day, which was, very fittingly, on the same day.
The attendees heard the moving story of Jonny Benjamin and his struggle with mental health issues that led him so close to taking his own life. Also the story of Neil Laybourn, who met him on Westminster Bridge that day and tried to help. The two then lost contact that day and were only reunited years later after an incredible marketing campaign that went viral.
Karen Shaw, from the ‘Time to change’ organisation, was also present to give more interesting insight into the organisation that is now working with 25 employers, including large construction companies and football clubs. It seeks to ensure that the stigma around mental health is removed, and that a bad mental health day can be as openly discussed, and that someone can receive as much support from an employer, for a mental health issue as for any other form of injury or any physical disability. One part of the story that appeared really interesting and poignant was that Jonny “Thought I was the only person going through this”. Neil’s memory of the day was that “it all started with a conversation that I didn’t really know how to have”. Yet the two connected and have become great friends since, and are committed and passionate about doing some tangible work to remove mental health stigma and to help people be more open about it. After all, 1 in 6 employees, at any one time, may experience mental health challenges. This is clearly an important issue that needs to be tackled.
After some moving discussion, good questions, and clear engagement by all, the employer's pledge was proudly signed by the Council leader, Simon Letts. ‘Time to change’ were aware of about 25 new organisations signing up on that day. The message of the day was very clear and was put very simply by the council’s champion for mental health; Paul Lewzey, that “It’s OK to talk about mental health
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Do you love cycling? If so do you know about this group?
Underpinning the ‘Clean Air Launch’ in Southampton on Wednesday 7th February was also a meet of the Southampton Cycling Forum, which meet several times during the year to discuss the key issues that cyclists face within the City. Chaired by the Labour Councillor for Peartree, Eamonn Keogh, its aim is that, by bringing together the interested parties, including the City Council and developers, more people will ride in Southampton and do so in more safety. An obviously noble cause that will also help combat Southampton’s air pollution challenges. It is attended by a passionate group of people that have great knowledge of Southampton’s cycle ways and the challenges that cyclists face as Southampton grows and prospers.
Representatives of the City Council were there to give updates on current development plans and were happy to take away suggestions on how future development projects could better support cyclists. There was also some good discussion around challenging perceptions that the car should be the priority in today’s day and age. Southampton, Europe’s most wooded city, already has significant green spaces and many cycle ways, but it is obvious that there is great interest in making Southampton even more cycle-friendly, to further prioritise cycling and walking, and to encourage people out of their cars.
The group is open to anyone in the City who has a passion to see more and improved cycle ways in Southampton, and all abilities and ages are welcome. Ideas and feedback on current issues are most welcome and this will be feedback to the Council.
To ask to join the group, please email: Councillor.E.Keogh@southampton.gov.uk
You can read about what has been discussed at previous meetings here: https://myjourneysouthampton.com/news/minutes-southampton-cycle-forum-october-2017
Information on Cycling in Southampton Here:
Do you love cycling? If so do you know about this group? Underpinning the ‘Clean Air Launch’ in Southampton on Wednesday 7th February was also a meet of the Southampton...