Local MP opens new facilities as part of final preparations for new carriers

The Illustrious complex, part of a series of infrastructure improvements at HM Naval Base was officially opened this weekend by local Member of Parliament, Stephen Morgan.

The complex, alongside the jetty which will be the home to the new HMS Queen Elizabeth and latterly HMS Prince of Wales, is a new facility supporting management personnel and providing a range of amenities including catering, changing facilities and offices.

The visit also included a briefing and tour for the city MP by the Commander of the HM Naval Base, Commodore Jeremy Rigby as the Naval Base makes the final preparations for the arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth next week.

Stephen Morgan MP said:

“Having a walkabout the Naval Base reminded me of the sheer scale of effort and coordination gone in to bringing HMS Queen Elizabeth to her home berth, our great city of Portsmouth. 

It was a privilege to open the final part of the Base’s carrier preparations. Following lots dredging of the Harbour and channel, and significant capital works, none of this is of any value without the teams who do all the hard work.

The Illustrious complex is a significant investment in the Base’s workforce which is critical to keeping our carriers operational.

With the new carriers enabling a rebirth in our nation’s naval aviation capabilities so too have we seen the most significant update in infrastructure in the Royal Navy’s history”.

Thousands in Pompey set to lose under government pension changes


Over a million people in the South East will lose out by £10,000 each under Government’s plans for state pension age change.

New analysis by the House of Commons Library has revealed that 7.6 million people will lose out by nearly £10,000 each under the government’s plans to bring forward changes to the state pension age. 1,066,000 people will lose out in the South East.

The change will affect all men and women currently between the age of 39 and 47, who will be forced to work a year longer before they can access their state pension entitlement. Read the rest of this entry »

Campaigning for better tower block safety.

Claire UdyClaire Udy, party member from Charles Dickens ward was out in Buckland this afternoon talking to residents about local issues and gathering signatures on our petition calling on Portsmouth City Council to install sprinklers in its high rise tower blocks.

Claire says:

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Stephen joins armed forces scheme

FullSizeRender-25 (1)Portsmouth South’s new Member of Parliament, Stephen Morgan, has joined the Parliamentary Armed Forces scheme.

The programme gives MPs and peers direct experience of the British armed forces and aims to improve the quality of the debate on military issues in Parliament.

MPs complete 15 days of service in order to graduate with a requirement to complete a range of activities including shadowing frontline personnel, visits to bases and key sites and meetings undertaken during parliamentary recess. Read the rest of this entry »

Residents right to ask questions on proposed sea defences

southsea-seafrontPortsmouth’s Conservatives have gone on the attack after local people have asked questions about the proposed sea defences planned for Southsea seafront. Read the rest of this entry »


policeResponding to the crime statistics released today which revealed the largest rise in recorded crime in a decade, including an 18% jump in violent crime, Portsmouth South’s Member of Parliament, Stephen Morgan has warned that police officer cuts were “leaving our communities exposed”.
The overall figures released show that police numbers have fallen for the seventh consecutive year despite the promises made to protect both frontline policing and the budget in real terms.

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£10Portsmouth South’s Member of Parliament Stephen Morgan joined the Bank of England’s Chief Cashier, Victoria Cleland, in Parliament on 19 July to find out more about the new £10 note featuring the world-renowned author Jane Austen.

Stephen Morgan tested the new tactile feature on the £10 note which helps blind and vision impaired users identify their value – a first for Bank of England banknotes. The tactile feature is a series of raised dots in the top left-hand corner and has been developed in conjunction with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB). This is in addition to the elements already incorporated in Bank of England banknotes for vision impaired people; the tiered sizing, bold numerals, raised print and differing colour palettes. Read the rest of this entry »