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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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  • trafficking
    Article: Mar 30, 2015

    The government has announced the Modern Slavery Bill is set to become law after being accelerated through parliament.

    Human trafficking campaigner and South East Euro-MP Catherine Bearder has heralded the passage of historic legislation to protect victims of modern slavery.

    The MEP has worked with a number of charities to raise the issue of trafficking up the agenda and has made calls for an anti-trafficking Commissioner, and for victims of trafficking to be protected.

  • Campaign Launch 2015 - Supporters and members with Judith and Baroness Sal Brinton
    Article: Mar 29, 2015


    Friday 27th March, Baroness Brinton, Lib Dem National President joined local members and supporters to celebrate Newbury and West Berks Liberal Democrat's Parliamentary Campaign and launch our Council Manifesto for 2015.

    The event, at Newbury Town Hall, was celebrated with LD diamonds, balloons and strings of Yellow Bunting run up by the 'Bunting Crew' for supporters to hang from our windows throughout the campaign (see photo). We have a lot to celebrate.

    Baroness Brinton said: "In government, our party has achieved many positive and beneficial things for people across the UK, which would not have happened with a single party Conservative majority government."

    Launching the Council Manifesto, Cllr Jeff Brooks said: "We are committed to providing a Council that listens to our residents, that respects your opinions and that works relentlessly to provide you with better services that put you, our customers, at the heart of our plans and efforts. Even in a time of austerity we can and should be ambitious for our district and our services."

    Judith said: "As I go door to door, I am hearing that people are really ready for Liberal Democrat leadership in our area again. Just yesterday, a man in Thatcham told me: "Ten years is enough. I don't like political monopoly. When they think they can take you for granted, politicians stop listening."

    "The values of openness, compassion and tolerance that maintained Lib Dem representation in parliament for Newbury and West Berkshire for so many years are still alive and well. I hope everyone will come out and support our campaign."

    Sal Brinton went on: "Judith is an outstanding local campaigner who will be an excellent MP. Like all our Lib Dem MPs, she will stand up for a fairer society and the needs of everyone in Newbury, Thatcham, Hungerford and the outlying parishes."

    If you would like to join the team in action for May 2015 we would love to see you. Please email Judith at judith.bunting@wbld.org.uk

    For more photos from Friday evening see: https://www.facebook.com/JudithBuntingforNewbury

    To follow Judith on Twitter, go to @JudithBuntingLD

  • Gerald_HCA
    Article: Mar 27, 2015

    Gerald Vernon-Jackson has this week shown Keith House, a member of the board of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), around the grounds of St James' Hospital.

    The Homes and Communities Agency have shown some willingness to work with local people and the council to help secure St James' and protect it from over development.

  • Article: Mar 27, 2015

    Yesterday evening, Gerald Vernon-Jackson was officially adopted as the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Portsmouth South at a rally of over a hundred activists and members in the Victory Suite at Fratton Park.

    Also, at the same rally, this year's Lib Dem council candidates were officially adopted as well as Darren Sanders as the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Portsmouth North.

  • Article: Mar 27, 2015

    The Liberal Democrat candidate for Maidenhead, Tony Hill, against all odds, triumphed in the first vote of the 2015 election season. Faced with an audience of students and nearly one third of questions on issues of trust, promises, and fees, he succeeded in debate in fighting off the Conservatives, Labour, UKIP and Green party.

  • Catherine bearder
    Article: Mar 27, 2015

    Winchester and Oxfordshire are failing to meet EU environmental standards that protect local rivers from being contaminated by sewage, it was announced yesterday.

    The EU Commission is taking the UK to court for breaching EU standards on treating waste water in 18 towns including Winchester.

    The Winchester Wastewater Treatment Works at Morestead Road were found to be in breach of the rules despite undergoing a £9m upgrade that was completed last year, as well as the Islip Wastewater Treatment Works.

  • nhs_meredith
    Article: Mar 27, 2015

    Local campaigners say that the planned closure of kitchens at five of Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust's hospitals could starve the local economy of more than £3 million a year [1]. The Trust plans to close kitchens at its hospitals in Chipping Norton, Didcot, Wallingford, Wantage and Witney and replace them with pre-prepared 'ready meals' delivered from miles away [2].

  • Article: Mar 27, 2015


    Oxfordshire CCG has been successful in bid to the Department of Health for money to improve access to GPs surgeries in Oxfordshire. The bid, worth £5m (of which £4.5 is revenue funding and the rest capital funding) is part of a the ' Right time, Right place, Right care' initiative.

    Layla Moran, PPC for Oxford West and Abingdon said "Good quality GP care is crucial to the wellbeing of families in Oxfordshire. I recently sent out over 20,000 NHS surveys to homes in our area and access to GP services was raised a concern of residents and I took these concerns to our minister Norman Lamb MP. So I am delighted this money, fought for by Liberal Democrats in locally and in government, has been granted"

    "Even in times of austerity we need to make the NHS a priority" says Layla.

    " That is why I am proud that The Liberal Democrats at the only Party committed to filling the predicted £8bn funding gap predicted by the NHS in the next Parliament."

  • Article: Mar 26, 2015

    Catherine Bearder this week presented a letter co-signed by 32 fellow liberal MEPs from 16 differnet countries, laying out the issues with new EU VAT rules for sole traders.

    Since then, Vice President Frans Timmermans has said he will look carefully at these rules and will consider a change in them to lessen the burden for small businesses.

  • smell
    Article: Mar 25, 2015

    Local community campaigners have begun a new project to finally identify the 'Romsey Pong' blighting our market town.

    The now-notorious smell appears to have stumped experts, and concerns are rife that it will affect tourism to the town in summer months.

    Ben Nicholls, Lib Dem PPC for Romsey, has spoken to the Environment Agency, adding his voice to the many Romsonians calling for decisive action. "What began as a mildly unpleasant mystery has rapidly become a blight on our beautiful town," Ben said. "The potential health and economic risks to the area are now causing real concern. EA staff have reassured me they are working hard to bring about the swift solution we all want."

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