2023 Local Election Manifesto
Our vision for a fairer Portsmouth
All our residents deserve the chance to live rewarding and meaningful lives. They should be able to share in the benefits a thriving economy brings, feel safe in vibrant communities and be given support when they need it.
Too many Portsmouth people have been left behind and seen profits go to just a few. That has to change. We want a better life for everyone, so it’s time those benefits were spread around.
We’ll build community wealth by boosting wages, supporting small businesses and not-for-profits and ensuring land is developed for everyone’s benefit, not just property developers.
Parts of Portsmouth have flourished while others have been neglected. We need green, safe, vibrant communities in every part of our city and we want residents to have a greater say in how our city is run.
After years of austerity, many of the services people used to rely on have either been lost or are struggling to survive on drastically reduced budgets. This needs to be put right, so we will put tackling poverty and discrimination at the top of the agenda, ensure vulnerable people are protected, support young people and families, and make sports, arts and leisure accessible for all.
We’ve talked to the people of Portsmouth, residents, community organisations, workers and listened to their views and ideas for our city. Our manifesto has grown out of this consultation and we’re extremely grateful to everyone who has been involved.
Lots of residents tell us they are frustrated with the ‘Punch and Judy’ style of local politics in Portsmouth and feel their voices aren’t heard. We want to improve local democracy by: engaging residents in meaningful consultation about the big issues facing our city; devolving power and resources down to the local level; and moving to all out elections every 4 years to encourage long term strategic policy instead of just fighting the next election.
We are the only party locally to pledge to work towards a 50:50 gender split among candidates as part of our commitment to ensuring women’s voices are better represented on the council. With just 12 of the 42 councillors on Portsmouth City Council being women and just three women standing for the Tories and four standing for the Lib Dems we’re proud to have shown our commitment to equal representation.
We want a fairer Portsmouth for all and together we can build it.
2023 Local Election Pledges
A family city
A safer city
A fairer city
Pride in Pompey
A better council
Our Key Pledges
- Provide support during the cost of living crisis, including a hardship fund for those most in need and cheaper bus travel for everyone, all year round
- Invest in measures to reduce pollution, increase road safety and make it easier to walk, cycle and scoot – with School Streets, Play Streets, Low Traffic Neighbourhoods, traffic calming measures and 20mph Zones
- Continue to oppose the AQUIND interconnector, any Lib Dem environmentally destructive plans for Tipner West and Southern Water sewage discharges
- Implement the real Living Wage for outsourced council workers, expand the real Living Wage across the city and make Portsmouth a Living Wage city
- Improve access to GPs and NHS dentists by working with local stakeholders to increase surgeries, back the University of Portsmouth’s bid for a medical school and support plans for a Women’s Health Hub
- Build more homes that are genuinely affordable for local people, tackle rogue landlords through better regulation for renters
- Support residents and businesses to regenerate high streets, empower communities to lease empty shops for independent businesses and pop up galleries
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