• Gerald Vernon-Jackson takes on new role

    Big congratulations are due to my ward colleague Gerald Vernon-Jackson who will soon be made leader of Liberal Democrat councillors across England and Wales. Gerald has earned a strong reputation for working hard to protect and improve our public services here in Milton and across Portsmouth.

    Gerald will now be given the job of representing over 4,400 Lib Dem Councillors at the Local Government Association. He will replace Liverpool councillor, Richard Kemp. Gerald said,“Richard Kemp has been incredible for the Lib Dems. I’ll make sure ministers and the party leadership know Lib Dem councillors’ views from across the country.”

    This really is excellent news for Gerald and Portsmouth, as the city is setting the benchmark for other Liberal Democrat Councils across the country. I think it was very telling that only two months ago Portsmouth bucked the national trend, with Portsmouth’s Lib Dems winning nine out of fourteen seats up for election. The message I was getting, talking to people on doorsteps, was that we are doing a good job despite difficult times!