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You did so much throughout our general election campaign, and in Southampton Itchen you brought us within only 31 votes of winning back the seat for Labour.

Ours is a people powered movement, and together we made such progress, stopping the Conservative government in its tracks. Now is the time to keep on fighting – and you can be part of that fight by coming to our campaign rally in Southampton Itchen at midday on Saturday 15th July. 

The Tories no longer have a mandate for their vicious austerity agenda. By coming along, you will be making a statement – we are the many, they are the few, and we want a fairer Britain.

Attendance is by registration only and full details will be sent to you by the afternoon of Friday 14th July.

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Jeremy Corbyn to visit Southampton

You did so much throughout our general election campaign, and in Southampton Itchen you brought us within only 31 votes of winning back the seat for Labour. Ours is a...

Labour Councilor Darren Paffey, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, reacted to the strong performance of Southampton schools for year six SATs results:

“It’s great to see such strong improvement across the provisional SATs data, so congratulations to pupils for their achievements, and to teachers and parents for their hard work and support.

There are some really promising results, showing that Southampton schools achieve favorably in comparison with national performance, and indeed in some areas we outperform those national averages which is very good news.

At the same time, we recognise that these tests are one snapshot of pupils’ achievements, and there are many other ways that teachers are working hard to help get the best outcomes for our city’s children, so I want to recognise all the progress that’s happening, in addition to SATs.

Our mission to drive continuous improvement in our schools continues and we’re ambitious to improve even more in the coming year.”

 

 

Interim SAT results indicate strong performance for Southampton students

Labour Councilor Darren Paffey, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, reacted to the strong performance of Southampton schools for year six SATs results: “It’s great to see such strong improvement...

Campaigning will restart as normal tomorrow, with the first door knocking session taking place in Test at 10.30am.

Campaigning to restart tomorrow (Thursday 25 May)

Campaigning will restart as normal tomorrow, with the first door knocking session taking place in Test at 10.30am.

Please note that all campaigning remains suspended for the remainder of Wednesday 24th May, including leafleting.  As soon as this changes we will update this page, and also our Twitter feed which is @soton_labour.

Campaigning remains suspended

Please note that all campaigning remains suspended for the remainder of Wednesday 24th May, including leafleting.  As soon as this changes we will update this page, and also our Twitter...

All campaigning remains suspended for Wednesday 24th May.  This will remain the case until further notice, at which point we will update this page.

Campaigning remains suspended

All campaigning remains suspended for Wednesday 24th May.  This will remain the case until further notice, at which point we will update this page.

“It’s a real privilege to have been selected as Labour’s candidate in Romsey and Southampton North.  In 2015 we doubled the previous number of votes cast for Labour.  Now I’m ready to once again speak up for a Labour alternative of a fairer, better future for the people of Romsey and Southampton North, instead of the Tories’ privilege for the few and austerity for the rest of us.

I came here to study in 2000, and I’m now a university lecturer in Southampton, where I live with my wife and two young children. My passion for education comes from my own experience as the first person in my family to go to university.

As a local councillor in Southampton, I’ve worked hard to speak up for local people and help to make our communities even better places to live, learn, and work.  I led the creation of the Fairness Commission that recommended actions to narrow the gap between the richest and poorest in our city, and I developed an Apprenticeship Action Plan to create hundreds more training opportunities for local young people. As Cabinet Member for Education, I have recently lobbied government so that they will stop making damaging real-terms cuts to the city’s schools – the first cuts since before the last Labour government was elected in 1997.

The choice on 8th June is clearer than ever: a strong Labour voice for Romsey and Southampton North, or a Tory who will carry on propping up Theresa May’s agenda, driving through vicious welfare cuts to the most vulnerable, privatising the NHS, dismantling our education system, and rewarding a privileged few at the expense of everyone else.

 

It’s time to stop this.

 

Vote Labour for a better, fairer future for all of us.”

 

Cllr Darren Paffey on being selected as our candidate for Romsey & Southampton North

“It’s a real privilege to have been selected as Labour’s candidate in Romsey and Southampton North.  In 2015 we doubled the previous number of votes cast for Labour.  Now I’m...

“I am delighted to have been chosen by the Labour Party to stand as a candidate in Southampton: the city I have called home since 1981. As Leader of the council for the last four years, I have worked tirelessly to improve our city despite the cuts imposed by the Tory government. 

Under my leadership your Labour Council has helped bring over 8000 jobs to the city and ensured local people get a good chance of getting them. We also have exciting plans to design and build the next generation of council homes for rent, employing Southampton workers. In addition we have kept open all our Sure Start centres and Libraries, unlike nearby Tory councils, and have invested heavily in the city's roads - with forty more major resurfacing jobs promised for next year.

We have also worked closely with the NHS to develop new solutions to Social care, opening our first ‘Extra Care’ housing earlier this year, with further schemes to follow.”

Find out more about Simon Letts here

Cllr Simon Letts on being selected as our candidate for Itchen

“I am delighted to have been chosen by the Labour Party to stand as a candidate in Southampton: the city I have called home since 1981. As Leader of the...

In the final Prime Minister’s Questions of the Parliament, Alan Whitehead, Labour MP for Southampton Test, challenged the Government’s cuts to per pupil funding in Southampton schools.

 

According to figures from the House of Commons Library, current Government policies mean that school funding in Southampton has fallen by £475 per pupil (10.2%) in real terms since 2010-2011 – a drop in funding equivalent to the loss of 359 teachers in schools across the city by 2020.

 

Speaking today in the House of Commons, Alan Whitehead MP asked Theresa May what immediate action she proposes to address this crisis.

 

Alan Whitehead, MP for Southampton Test, said:

 

Schools in Southampton are already suffering from this catastrophic pupil funding regime. I’ve heard of one school in the city where parents are volunteering to clean school toilets because the cleaning budget has been cut to try to protect teaching jobs in the school. Action to deal with this crisis is needed now, not waffle about reviewing funding formulas for the future.

Local MP Alan Whitehead takes Prime Minister to task on funding cuts to Southampton schools

In the final Prime Minister’s Questions of the Parliament, Alan Whitehead, Labour MP for Southampton Test, challenged the Government’s cuts to per pupil funding in Southampton schools.   According to...

I welcome the Prime Minister’s decision to give the British people the chance to vote for a government that will put the interests of the majority first.

Labour will be offering the country an effective alternative to a government that has failed to rebuild the economy, delivered falling living standards and damaging cuts to our schools and NHS.

In the last couple of weeks, Labour has set out policies that offer a clear and credible choice for the country. We look forward to showing how Labour will stand up for the people of Britain.

Jeremy Corbyn's official statement in response to the general election announcement

I welcome the Prime Minister’s decision to give the British people the chance to vote for a government that will put the interests of the majority first. Labour will be...

Southampton residents, organisations and businesses are encouraged to turn off their lights for one hour from 8.30pm and as part of the tenth Earth Hour, aimed at shining a light on climate action.
 
Labour Cllr Dave Shields, Cabinet Member for Health and Sustainable Living, said:

 “Earth Hour 2017 is a great way to raise awareness of the impact of climate change and as a city, we are proud to play an important role in tackling this global issue. The time to act is now, every flick of a switch is a reminder that what we do today will define what we have tomorrow.

“Everyone from individuals to community groups to schools or businesses can get behind WWF’s Earth Hour 2017 which reminds us that together we can create the sustainable future we desire, and our children deserve.”


To make a stand for climate change, the Labour-led council will be switching off the lights at the Civic Centre and Clock Tower and will minimise access to One Guildhall Square to avoid setting off the motion lighting. The 02 Guildhall’s lights will turned off with the entrance lighting dimmed to allow just enough visibility for safe access.  

We are also working with Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSE) and their subsidiary, Mayflower Control whose innovative Central Management System will enable switching off approximately fifteen thousand street lamps on traffic routes in Southampton’s residential areas.  

There are many events taking place across the city to support Earth Hour 2017, including a candlelit gathering organised by Transition Southampton where residents are invited to bring along a candle in a lantern or jar and group together in the shape of a heart in Guildhall Square from 8pm for photos that will be uploaded to the Earth Hour website.

Earth Hour started as a single-city event in Sydney in 2007 and support has grown significantly over the last ten years with over 170 counties expected to take part this year. Earth Hour takes place for one hour on Saturday 25 March from 8.30pm local time.

Switch off the lights for Earth Hour

Southampton residents, organisations and businesses are encouraged to turn off their lights for one hour from 8.30pm and as part of the tenth Earth Hour, aimed at shining a light...

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