After a difficult year when in-person campaigning was not allowed until lockdown ended, and after an election carried out under Covid restrictions, Southampton Labour Group wish to thank the people of Southampton who came out to vote.
We would also like to thank those volunteers who campaigned for us or who stood as candidates for election. Most of all, we thank our former colleagues, hard working councillors who lost their seats, and wish them well.
Labour Group Leader Councillor Christopher Hammond said: ‘We’re obviously disappointed, but respect the result after these elections Chris Hammond Leader of the Southampton City Council Opposition Party
This was an election like no other. Carried out under the shadow of Covid restrictions and at a difficult time for the country. We’d like to thank everyone in Southampton who took part in the democratic process and for the voters who placed their support in our vision to build back local.
‘We leave the new Conservative administration with a rejuvenated council and a credible plan of investment for the city. Labour Councillors will put pressure on the new administration not to destroy what has been built over the last decade in partnership with the people of Southampton. Now is not the time to wheel out the failed approaches of yesterday for the problems of today. ’
‘As we come out of the pandemic, we will spend the next year fighting for the City that we all love and are proud of. We will continue to fight for a greener, fairer and healthier Southampton for all our citizens.’
National Situation 2020-21
Southampton is a city which has faced adversity many times. Our strength is that we have always come together to overcome the odds.
The Conservatives were too slow to introduce lockdown, too slow to protect our care homes and too slow to provide key workers with protective equipment. Because of this, our country has the worst excess death rate in Europe, and we are on course for the deepest recession in 300 years.
The Government told us to do ‘whatever it takes’. So your Labour Councillors stepped in to help the most vulnerable in our city, putting your health above all else and working in partnership with others to beat the virus. None of that is cheap, we’ve spent £39 million to keep you safe.
The Government has broken its promise to stand behind local authorities over the cost of COVID. Rishi Sunak did nothing to bridge the gap in THEIR December Spending Review, which forces a disgraceful return to more council cuts to OUR local services.
The current challenge is to build back a local economy that protects jobs, retrains for new opportunities and supports local businesses. We believe in putting the needs of local people first in this recovery, not wasting taxpayers’ money on private companies that don’t deliver.
Five years ago, we introduced a bold plan for tackling pollution. We’ve already made a difference, but there is still more to do. Our Green City Charter inspires others to follow the Council’s lead in addressing the climate crisis. We recognise that responding to the COVID-19 crisis and climate breakdown are not separate. Our response to one, affects the success to the other.
Whilst facing these challenges, we have not neglected the basics. Despite savage government cuts, we have continued to invest in cleaning our streets, collecting your bins and repairing roads and pavements.
We all have a renewed appreciation of Southampton’s parks and play spaces.
Labour Councillors will continue to protect and improve them for everyone to enjoy.
Southampton is a city to be proud of. We will protect our heritage and build towards a future that is healthier, fairer and greener.