Gerald Vernon-Jackson is your Liberal Democrat candidate for Portsmouth South. Gerald is the Leader of Portsmouth City Council (Liberal Democrat). He has led the city through turbulent times but also where the city made real progress.
He successfully worked to stop the last Labour Government pulling the Royal Navy out of Portsmouth, when this was threatened in 2008. He campaigned to keep the aircraft carrier programme from being scrapped by the current Government. This sees the new Queen Elizabeth class carriers based in Portsmouth and the future of the Navy in Portsmouth guaranteed for the next 40 years, securing thousands of jobs in the dockyard.
Gerald also pushed through a £1.6 million loan from the City Council to the Portsmouth Supporters Trust to enable them to buy Portsmouth Football Club and stop it going into liquidation.
After four years as Opposition Leader, Gerald was re-elected Leader of Portsmouth City Council in May 2018 and leads the Lib Dem Group of 17 city councillors, who are currently running a minority administration.