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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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  • Money
    Article: Apr 17, 2014

    The Investment Management Association (IMA), which represents the investment management sector and the investments of millions of pensioners and savers, has warned that losing access to EU markets could cause job losses and cost the UK Exchequer millions of pounds of tax revenue.

    Speaking to Antony Hook, Liberal Democrat European election candidate for the South East, an IMA spokesperson said:

  • Article: Apr 17, 2014

    MEPs today voted Parliament's position on an EU proposal that aims to establish EU-wide investment funds which only invest in assets with a long-term focus.

    Following the vote Sharon Bowles, Chair of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee said:

    "It is a well-known fact that since the financial crisis, project finance through banks has been restricted. This proposal is therefore very encouraging as it presents an alternative source of funding across the EU with a specific focus on the long-term."

  • Article: Apr 17, 2014

    Today MEPs voted through new rules on the ability of consumers and businesses to claim damages when harmed by an infringement of competition law. This followed a tough negotiation with Council, key issues of which related to disclosure of evidence and the binding effect of national decisions in other member states.

  • Plastic bags
    Article: Apr 17, 2014

    This week the European Parliament voted in favour of dramatically cutting plastic bag use across Europe by 80% in 5 years.

    Figures from the European Commission show that more than 100 billion carrier bags are used every year within the EU, working out at an average of 200 per person. 8 billion of these end up as litter, many of them in Europe's seas including the English Channel and North Sea.

  • River
    Article: Apr 16, 2014

    Local Euro-MP, Catherine Bearder, has today welcomed news that the European Parliament has backed proposals to tackle the spread of non-native animals and plants throughout the EU.

    Mrs Bearder has worked to raise this issue up the agenda and was instrumental in the new report.

    It is estimated that over the past 20 years more than 12,000 invasive species have been recorded in Europe, costing nearly £10 billion annually in damage to local ecosystems. In the UK, where there are an estimated 2,000 invasive species, the bill is thought to total at least £1.7bn a year.

  • Money
    Article: Apr 16, 2014

    Yesterday the European Parliament voted in favour of requiring large companies to provide greater information on their impact on society, such as the environmental and social impacts their operations have.

    The new rules will require the largest companies in the EU (around 6,000 in total) to disclose this information with their management reports.

  • Jean Fooks - new
    Article: Apr 16, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Cllr Jean Fooks proposed that the Oxfordshire Health and Wellbeing Board should include air quality as a key health indicator. At the Oxfordshire County Council meeting on Tuesday April 1st, Cllr Fooks said that the joint Health Scrutiny Committee should consider air quality and its effects on health as soon as possible. Cllr Fooks thinks future transport planning should recognise the risks to health from traffic, and to that end, the County Council should aim to reduce traffic by promoting public transport, cycling and walking and the use of electric or biomethane gas-fuelled or other low-pollution vehicles.

  • Article: Apr 15, 2014

    The European Parliament has today voted by an overwhelming majority in favour of an EU proposal to develop key information documents for investment products known as PRIPS*.

    Commenting on today's vote Sharon Bowles MEP, who chairs the parliamentary committee responsible for shaping the proposals, said:

  • Article: Apr 15, 2014

    This evening the European Parliament will vote on the revised Markets in Financial Instruments legislation, so-called MiFID2, which now consists of a regulation and a directive.

    MiFID, in its original form and as now revised, is a comprehensive piece of securities and markets legislation that is envied by the US as being all in one place, with a single rule-maker. It is of particular importance to the UK as the centre of capital market activity for the EU and globally.

  • Cyclist Jane Oseman keeps a wary eye on a large lorry at the Green Long Eaton
    Article: Apr 15, 2014

    Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder has welcomed a European Parliament vote to improve lorry safety through tougher design standards today, with 604 MEPs voting in favour.

    Under changes pushed for by Liberal Democrat MEPs, the design of lorry cabs are set to be changed to reduce the number of blind spots under the front windscreen and the side of the vehicle. The new designs would also include safer cab fronts to reduce damage caused by impacts with cyclists and pedestrians. It is thought the proposal and could help prevent dozens of fatal accidents each year.

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