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Paul Gray for Havant

Wednesday 10 May 2017

Paul Gray has been selected as the Liberal Democrat Candidate for Havant in the upcoming General Election.

Paul said: "Having grown-up on Hayling, and having returned to the island some ten years ago, it is an honour and a privilege to offer my services to the people of my home town and the wider Havant area. I returned to our constituency after university in Manchester and a career in London.

My extensive management experience, gained in both the public and private sectors, would enable me to ensure Havant constituents are fiercely defended against any attempts to force yet more cuts to public services. Ultimately, I got involved in politics because I dearly love our neighbourhood, the people in it and care deeply about the issues which affect us all. I joined the Liberal Democrats as they echo my passionate vision for an open, tolerant, and united community.

Most recently I was involved with the successful relaunch of the Hayling Ferry service and the Save the Tip campaigns (which are happening all over our constituency). I also volunteer for the Queen Alexandra Hospital supporting our local nurses.

Primarily, I want our local area to be represented by someone who grew up here, knows the issues that are most important to local people, and calls this place home. This is in contrast to a career politician dropped into our constituency by Conservative HQ as if we were just a pin on their map."

On Friday 7th April Havant Liberal Democrats officially launched their 2017 HCC election campaign.

At the Campaign Launch Party, held in Emsworth, candidates were joined by party members and supporters. Paul Gray, Chair of the Campaign Committee and candidate for the Hayling Island division, opened the evening reflecting on the lows and highs of the previous 12 months.

Despite the disappointing results at last year's Havant Borough Council elections and the outcome of the EU Referendum there have been plenty of positives for the Liberal Democrats. Membership of the party both nationally and locally has seen a large increase; national membership recently exceeded 87,000 - the highest it's been this Century. Since 6th May 2016 the Liberal Democrats have a net gain of 33 District and County seats at by-elections across the country, far more than any other party.

From a local perspective there is a really positive vibe amongst party activists, buoyed by support from our friends and colleagues from Portsmouth who have been a tremendous help. Philippa Gray, standing in North West Havant, urged everyone to keep up the momentum locally: it's time for change at HCC and with your help we can deliver it.

Your local Lib Dem candidates on May 4 are:

  • North West Havant: Philippa Gray
  • Emsworth & St. Faith's: Crispin Ward
  • Hayling Island: Paul Gray
  • North East Havant: Faith Ponsonby
  • Purbrook & Stakes South: Ann Bazley
  • Waterloo & Stakes North: Catherine Billam
  • Cowplain & Hart Plain: Fiona Drinan

We need your help please.

There are many ways of getting involved in our campaign:

Share the Vibe

Tell your friends, neighbours, visitors and those passing your property about all the great things happening with the Liberal Democrats (e.g. by-election wins across the country, our stance on Brexit and the increase in membership to over 87,000 the highest this century). There’s nothing more powerful than a word-of-mouth endorsement from someone you trust. You could also put a poster in your window or put up a stake board outside your property.

Social Media

We are very active on Facebook and Twitter and we expect this to pick up as election day approaches. The more ‘likes’ and re-tweets our posts get the better. Also, keep our accounts copied in on your own social media posts so that we can share those too!

Financial Donation

Make a financial donation to the campaign – if you’d like to make a donation to the Havant Liberal Democrats election campaign you can do so from the Join / Help page on our website. Alternatively, if you’d rather write a cheque or send cash please contact Keith Gulliver and he’ll send you details on how to do that.

We have lift off! Now let's get to our destination!

Great British Spring Clean

Tuesday 7 March 2017

Members of Havant Liberal Democrats took part in the Great British Spring Clean on Sunday 5th March organised by Keep Britain Tidy.

The team, with equipment provided by Havant Borough Council, cleared litter along the beach and foreshore looking over Langstone Harbour.

It was a productive morning with the team clearing various items of litter from the beach including: soft drink bottles, plastic bags, beer cans, straws, food and confectionery wrappers, tobacco pouches, cigarette packets, fishing wire, glass and other miscellaneous discarded items.

"We were very happy to play a small part in this national event by removing litter from what is a beautiful stretch of coastline." said Keith Gulliver, Chair of Havant Liberal Democrats.

This was one of of over 2,600 clean-up events which took place across the UK over the whole weekend. For more information view the hashtag #GBSpringclean on Twitter.

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Happy New Year!

Saturday 14 January 2017

Local Lib Dem campaigner Philippa Gray wishes everyone a Happy New Year.

Philippa says “I hope everyone has had a wonderful and relaxing Christmas.

As we enter the year ahead we face a great many challenges in our local community, but, with your help, I think we can not just survive but prosper.

For too long, too much of our community spirit has been eroded by the same old politics by the same old politicians.

Let's make 2017 different. Let's make 2017 the year we stand up, as a community, for real change to our local area.


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