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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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  • Elephants
    Article: Feb 27, 2015

    China has this week temporarily banned the import of ivory carvings in a victory for the fight against poaching. Most trade in ivory is illegal under int

    ernational law, but exemptions for ivory carvings have been used as a loophole by smugglers to sell ivory from poached elephants in China.

    The move comes after an open letter was sent by charity Action for Elephants UK calling on Chinese President Xi Jinping to end the ivory trade, co-signed by Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder who is campaigning for the EU to step up the fightagainst wildlife crime.

  • Chicken
    Article: Feb 26, 2015

    Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder is calling on the European Commission to set EU limits for campylobacter levels in poultry meat, in wake of results published today showing that three-quarters of fresh chickens sold in the UK are contaminated with the food poisoning bacterium.

    A study by the European Food and Safety Authority has estimated that cases of the potentially life-threatening illness could be cut by between 50% and 90% if EU limits on campylobacter, similar to those already in place for salmonella, were put in place.

  • Catherine bearder
    Article: Feb 24, 2015

    The European Parliament's Environment Committee has voted to radically overhaul the EU's carbon market by 2018. The reform would see a mechanism introduced to tackle the growing surplus in emission allowances that has led to a dramatic fall in the EU's carbon price in recent years.

    Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder said: "These crucial reforms will permanently plug the hole in the EU's carbon market and boost long-term green investment.

  • Humphrey Feeds
    Article: Feb 24, 2015

    Euro MP, Catherine Bearder, visited Humphrey Feeds in Twyford along with parliamentary candidate, Jackie Porter, to discuss European Commission proposals to implement changes to the organic farming industry.

    Local farmer, Martin Humphrey voiced his concerns about the changes that could lead to a drop in organic production across the EU.

  • Rabbit
    Article: Feb 23, 2015

    Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder is calling on the EU to outlaw battery caged rabbits, following an investigation by Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) which found millions of rabbits being kept in horrendous conditions across Europe.

    Approximately 330 million rabbits are reared for meat every year in the EU, making them the second most farmed species in the EU. The vast majority of these rabbits are factory farmed in small wire cages that severely limit movement, causing high levels of injury, stress and disease.

  • Judith Bunting with Albert Tillen at The Red House in Newbury
    Article: Feb 19, 2015

    This seems like the ideal time to share my favourite list - Liberal Democrat policies included in our 2010 Manifesto which have been delivered by our team in Government.

    The list includes some of the most socially democratic policies this country has seen for a generation - achievements which, for all the obvious reasons, do not get the press they deserve.

  • Eastbourne fishing plans
    Article: Feb 18, 2015

    Fishermen in Eastbourne met with Catherine Bearder MEP and Stephen Lloyd MP to discuss EU funding for their developments in Sovereign Harbour.

    Catherine has been a long-term supporter of the Eastbourne fishermen since she was first elected in 2009 advising them on EU funding for development of their site but also standing up for them in Parliament to get the best deal for small-scale fishermen.

  • Chicken
    Article: Feb 18, 2015

    Which's annual report on food hygiene enforcement in the UK showed a number of South East councils to be among the worst in Britain.

    The report shows a number of councils in the South East are failing in their duty to police food hygiene standards including Thanet and Medway in Kent which are in the worst10 and 20 percent of councils respectively and Elmbridge and Crawley which are in the worst 30 percent.

  • Steve Lambert Aylesbury
    Article: Feb 15, 2015

    Aylesbury Liberal Democrats are delighted to announce that Steven Lambert has been selected as the Parliamentary Candidate for Aylesbury at the May 2015 General Election.

    Steve Lambert said, "I am delighted to be selected once again as the Parliamentary Candidate for Aylesbury. In 2010 I stood for the first time and came second to Tory MP David Lidington. My campaign now, as then, will focus on local issues. The needs of residents in Aylesbury, Wendover, Aston Clinton and Stokenchurch are my top priority. They deserve better and the only way we are going to deliver a stronger economy and a fairer society, with opportunity for all, is by having me as the Liberal Democrat MP for the Aylesbury Constituency.

  • Jeff Brooks and Judith Bunting with Norman Lamb, MP
    Article: Feb 15, 2015

    LOCAL NEWS: It was a pleasure to meet up, last week, with our Care Minister, Norman Lamb MP, Lib Dem, North Norfolk, (see photo, above, with Jeff Brooks, Cllr West Thatcham​). I am pleased to support the changes he is bringing into the care system, including the extension of care services to everyone whose need qualifies as 'substantial' as opposed to just 'critical'. This is a really positive change - especially in a place like West Berkshire, where we want our increasingly ageing population to stay healthy, successful and engaged in society.

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