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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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  • Dominic, Lord Addington, in action on the pitch
    Article: Jul 21, 2016

    Excerpt from a speech given by Dominic Addington, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Special Educational Needs, captain of the Commons and Lords Rugby and Football team, and a West Berkshire resident.

    14th July 2016.

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    The fact is that if someone has a hidden disability - I am thinking primarily about dyslexia but it could be many other hidden disabilities: dyscalculia, autism, you name it - they can have a problem engaging properly with the state. It is very difficult to access the benefits that the state can offer. We always think of ...

  • Judith Bunting, Parliamentary Spokesperson, NWB Liberal Democrats
    Article: Jul 12, 2016

    Theresa May is the second female leader of the Conservative Party and in 48 hours will become Britain's second ever female Prime Minister. That is something people across the political spectrum should welcome.

    In terms of her policy outlook, however, Liberal Democrats have serious concerns that stem from May's time at the Home Office and some of the deeply illiberal policies she implemented and pursued.

  • Summer Extravaganza
    Article: Jul 11, 2016

    We would love to see all members, friends and supporters at this year's Summer Party, details below. RSVP.

  • Article: Jul 7, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats have launched a campaign to safeguard student access to the Erasmus Scheme. Brexit now puts the exchange scheme at risk.

    The Erasmus Programme is a European Union student exchange programme established in 1987. Millions of British people have benefitted from the scheme over the last thirty years, and over 100,000 were due to take part in the next few years.

  • Lib Dem 15000
    Article: Jul 7, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats have their highest membership for a decade after attracting 15,000 new members to the liberal movement since the referendum result.

    This followed Tim Farron's announcement that the party would fight the next general election as the only UK-wide party committed to protecting Britain's relationship with Europe.

  • Tom Brake
    Article: Jul 6, 2016

    Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs spokesperson Tom Brake has tabled a bill that would give European citizens residing in the UK the right to stay in the country if we leave the European Union.

    The move follows Tim Farron's demands that the government offer assurances that those Europeans who have made their roots in the UK would not have to leave in the event of Brexit.

  • Lib Dems Iraq
    Article: Jul 6, 2016

    "Blair was fixated in joining Bush in going to war in Iraq regardless of the evidence, the legality or the serious potential consequences.

    "Daesh has arisen from the complete absence of any post conflict planning by the government.

    "Charles Kennedy's judgement has been vindicated in every respect. I hope those in the Labour and Conservative parties who were so forceful in their criticism of him and the Liberal Democrats at the time are equally forceful in their acknowledgements today that he was right. An absence of scrutiny by the Conservative party opened the door for Blair and the Labour Government to pursue a counter-strategic, ill-resourced campaign.

  • Bunting, Post EU article, NWN 30th June 2016
    Article: Jul 3, 2016
    By Judith Bunting in Newbury Weekly News

    This article was written for the Newbury Weekly News in days following the EU Referendum of 23rd June 2016. Full text appears below:

    The EU referendum result and current uncertainties anger me in many different ways. I am angry with Boris, Nigel and their 'Leave' cronies for running a duplicitous campaign, angry at their abdication of responsibility since the result was announced, angry at the Conservatives who have steadfastly ignored the appalling effect cuts to national and local services are having on people's lives. Last year I heard economists warning that if the gap between rich and poor continued to rise then revolution would be the result. Last Thursday we saw revolution in action.

  • Meri O'Connell
    Article: Jul 1, 2016

    Recently re-elected Reading Councillor Meri O'Connell, the Parliamentary Candidate for the Lib Dems in Reading West in 2015 gave this response to the EU Referendum on Sunday 26th as the dust began to settle.

    As we all reel from the aftermath of the referendum result it's worth noting that the majority of West Berkshire and Reading residents voted to remain, reflecting the outward looking values that make us such great places to live and work in. I know many people share the same sorrow that I feel at us voting to leave, but what has also struck me is how many people who voted to leave who are now regretting their vote.

  • Article: Jun 28, 2016

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron spoke to the Press Association about the Brexit vote as he travelled to Brussels.

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