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South Central Region

Welcome to the web site of South Central Region Liberal Democrats.

South Central Region covers the counties of Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, and this site contains information about the Liberal Democrats across the region.

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  • Thornton RBL
    Article: Dec 20, 2014

    The Royal British Legion has thanked Mike Thornton, MP for Eastleigh, for taking the time to meet with Legion Area Manager, James France.

    The Royal British Legion is the country's leading welfare provider for the Armed Forces community, and last week local MP Mike Thornton attended an event in the Houses of Parliament dedicated to showcasing the Legion's work throughout the South region. Mike used the opportunity to discuss with James France the changing face of Armed Forces welfare provision in the local community, and to understand more about the most pressing issues facing our Armed Forces.

  • Mike Thornton Classroom
    Article: Dec 20, 2014

    Local MP Mike Thornton visited Norwood Primary School in Eastleigh and read 'The Gruffalo's Child' to local children on Friday.

    The MP, who also read a selection of his favourite poems, was impressed by the love of reading displayed by the children and asked them to read at home with friends and family.

  • flooding
    Article: Dec 19, 2014

    The River Thames Scheme is designed to protect 15,000 homes on the flood plain from Datchet to Teddington from risk of further flooding.

    In his Autumn Statement Chancellor George Osborne announced an extra £60 million of funding for the £302 million River Thames Scheme.

    The total amount left for councils to provide was £142 million, however the Thames regional Flood and Coastal Committee have already pledged £29 million and Surrey County Council have added a further £1.5 million. Deducting these and the extra £60 million brings local government contribution to an estimated £51.4 million.

  • Catherine on Hastings Fishing Boat
    Article: Dec 17, 2014

    South East MEP Catherine Bearder has welcomed a deal reached in Brussels last night that will lead to more sustainable fishing across South East coastal towns.

    Fishermen can now rely on quotas based on concrete scientific advice that will ensure the long-term survival of the fishing industry.

    Mrs Bearder commented:

  • Catherine bearder
    Article: Dec 16, 2014

    Vice-President Frans Timmermans today confirmed that the European Commission intends to withdraw and modify EU proposals to increase recycling and curb air pollution as part of its 2015 Work Programme.

    Mr Timmermans said the current recycling proposal would be withdrawn and be replaced by a "broader and more ambitious" approach in 2015. Meanwhile the Clean Air Package would be modified as part of the EU's 2030 Energy and Climate Package to overcome supposed disagreements between national governments and the European Parliament.

  • With Mel Pierson, Plant Manager at Swindon's Dorcan Sorting Office
    Article: Dec 16, 2014

    Recently, Plant Manager at Royal Mail's Swindon sorting office, invited Judith Bunting to visit and see how their operation is gearing up for Christmas. As parliamentary candidate for the Newbury and West Berkshire Lib Dems, Judith was keen to see where the constituency's cards and parcels are being handled.

  • Peanuts
    Article: Dec 15, 2014

    Restaurants, takeaways and ready-meals will all be required to show allergy information on their menus under a new EU law which came into force this week (Saturday 13th December).

    Customers must now be informed if their food contains any of 14 ingredients that cause severe allergies including nuts, milk, celery, gluten, soya and wheat.

  • Griffon Vulture
    Article: Dec 15, 2014

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has confirmed that diclofenac, an anti-inflammatory livestock drug, poses a threat to vultures and eagles in Europe.

    Birds that consume carcasses of animals treated with diclofenac risk death by kidney failure. The drug has been linked to a dramatic 95% decline in vulture populations on the Indian subcontinent, where it was subsequently banned.

  • Children suffer mental health issues
    Article: Dec 12, 2014
    By Judith Bunting

    West Berkshire Council is threatening to cut a further £168,000 from specialist services provided for young people. Children across West Berks are already suffering after this year's cut to mental health services of £40,000.

    Please sign our petition to stop the cuts.

    The proposed cuts are to Mental Health Services for vulnerable children and adolescents, and also to speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and physiotherapy for children who have a Statement of Special Educational Needs. In total about 450 children and young people access CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) and approximately 600 children access support therapies:
    http://info.westberks.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=30058

  • daVID TUTT
    Article: Dec 12, 2014

    The award is to recognise the contribution local leaders make in advancing the liberal cause and was introduced by the Liberal Democrats' European party grouping, ALDE.

    David Tutt was nominated by Eastbourne's Euro-MP, Catherine Bearder, for his enormous contribution to the local community by attracting investment into the town, including £100 million from Legal & General.

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