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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.

Recent updates

  • Article: Jun 17, 2015

    A report today showed sickness rates at Portsmouth City Council have risen from 7.88 days a year to 8.73 days per year over the last year. The largest increase in the reasons for people taking time off work is stress.

    Portsmouth's Lib Dem Leader Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson is very concerned by this. "Nearly 35,000 days of work by council employees were lost last year costing local tax payers millions of pounds. The rise in sickness rates is disappointing when the council has just reduced the target for the number of days lost to 7 per employee. This comes at also comes at a time when the City Council is trying to save an extra £13 million a year."

    Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on Portsmouth City Council, is available on 07976 949272.

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    Article: Jun 16, 2015

    South Central and South East Regions held a Leadership Hustings on Friday, 12 June, in the Garden Court, Highfield Campus, Southampton University.

    A packed hall of more than 210 Party members heard the two leadership contenders make speeches and answer members questions in their bid to become the next leader of the Liberal Democrats. Tim Farron and Norman Lamb have both vowed to revive their party - which was decimated in last month's General Election.

  • Article: Jun 5, 2015

    On Friday a meeting at Portsmouth City Council is set to announce the naming rights to the Spinnaker Tower are being sold.

    "This work started under the Lib Dem administration of the City Council and we welcome the news that this work looks as if it has come to a successful conclusion," said Portsmouth Lib Dem Leader Gerald Vernon-Jackson.

  • hra
    Article: May 27, 2015

    The Liberal Democrat leadership candidates Tim Farron and Norman Lamb have joined forces to launch the party's campaign to protect the Human Rights Act.

    Before the election, the Liberal Democrats warned that if the Conservatives won a majority they would scrap the Human Rights Act.

    Now the Conservatives have set out plans to abolish the Human Rights Act in the first 100 days of this Parliament.

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    Article: May 21, 2015

    The Greenham Control Tower Restoration project has been selected by Waitrose Newbury as one of their three Community Matters projects for the month of May.

    At the end of the month, each of the three community projects will receive a share of £1000, the share being based on the number of green tokens that each project receives.

  • Winning Team
    Article: May 20, 2015

    South Central Regional Liberal Democrats have organised a meeting for members in Woodley to review the General Election and plan the way ahead. All local parties in the region have been asked to ensure they are represented at the meeting.

    In light of a record number of new members joining the party since the General Election the invitation has been extended to all new members who wish to help our fightback. We would be delighted to have your ideas and views. A warm welcome awaits.

  • Judith Bunting at the TVAA stall at Brimpton Airshow
    Article: May 5, 2015

    The Liberal Democrats will use £2.5 million from a fine imposed on a bank for rigging the Libor rate to investment in The Thames Valley air ambulance service.

    This money could be used to buy an additional helicopter, provide 24/7 emergency, or upgrade helipads at hospitals - although it is up to local groups how they spend the cash.

  • ben help to rent
    Article: May 2, 2015

    The Liberal Democrats have announced plans for a new Help to Rent scheme targeting support at young working adults who still live with their parents but want to move out and rent their own place.

    Research shows that around two million young working adults - sometimes dubbed the 'boomerang generation' or 'clipped wing generation' - still live with their parents despite being in paid work.

  • Article: May 2, 2015

    The Conservatives have claimed to have "matched" the Lib Dem £8bn spending commitment on the NHS.

    "Let me be clear. This commitment from the Tories is completely unfunded, so it is no commitment at all

    "Unlike the Lib Dems, the Conservatives have not set out at all how they will finance the extra spending, so this announcement is nothing more than a lazy attempt to grab a headline". says Clive Jones, Liberal democrat candidate for Wokingham.

    The NHS is a crucial issue in this election and the Liberal Democrats remain the only party to have a fully funded commitment to deliver the extra £8bn in spending that the NHS itself says it needs.

    Here's how the Lib Dems will fund our £8bn NHS spending commitment:

    -The additional £1.7bn that the Liberal Democrats successfully secured in the Autumn Statement for 2015/16 will be maintained.

    -In addition to this funding, we will invest a further £1bn in real terms in 2016/17 (£250m of which we secured in this year's budget). This will be paid for by restricting reliefs on Capital Gains Tax and scrapping the Conservative shares for rights scheme.

    -Once we have finished the job of tackling the deficit in 2017/18, we will increase health spending in line with growth in the economy. We are the only party that will increase health spending in line with growth in the economy at this point, because the Conservatives will still be cutting public spending and Labour won't have balanced the books.​

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