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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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  • ppc's
    Article: Oct 31, 2014

    Liberal Democrats from across South Central Region are meeting at our Regional Conference today (Sat 1st November) at the Thornden Hall Performing Arts Centre, Thornden School, Winchester, Chandler's Ford, SO53 2DW.

    Keynote speakers include Catherine Bearder MEP, Vince Cable MP and Mike Thornton MP.

    Members can register on the day for £25 or just £10 for studentsfirst time attendees/claimants. Registration opens at 9am.

  • Ben Nicholls
    Article: Oct 31, 2014

    Nurseries, child minders and other early years providers in Hampshire are set to receive a cash injection of £676,579 to help three and four-year-olds from disadvantaged families.

    Children from low-income families often fall behind their better off classmates before they even start school. But from April 2015, the Early Years Pupil Premium - which has been introduced by the Liberal Democrats and backed by groups like Barnados, 4Children and the Child Poverty Action Group - will mean extra money to make sure every child gets a fair start.

  • Catherine
    Article: Oct 31, 2014

    The award is to recognise the contribution local leaders make in advancing the liberal cause and was introduced by the Liberal Democrats' party grouping, ALDE, in the European Parliament.

    David Tutt was nominated by South East Euro-MP, Catherine Bearder, for his enormous contribution to the local community by attracting investment into the town, including £100 million from Legal & General.

  • Clive Jones market
    Article: Oct 29, 2014

    Clive Jones, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate for Wokingham has met with Wokingham market stall holders.

    These traders are at the heart of Wokingham's market town along with the traders who make a living from the shops, cafes, hairdressers, pubs etc. They should be looked after.

    Market traders have been in Wokingham for over 800 years. As you enter the town you see signs that say, " Wokingham, Historic Market Town".

    "This is how it should stay", says Clive Jones.

    "Conservative plans for the town centre will seriously damage Wokingham's Market Town image. Look at the early stages of their regeneration plans. The refurbished buildings opposite the market and Town Hall are awful. Its 1960's architecture. Definitely not in keeping with an Historic Market Town. A complete lack of imagination." says Clive Jones.

    Our market traders need some support and some vision from Wokingham Borough Council.

    Firstly they should have cheap parking for their trade vehicles. (see note 1)

    Secondly, they need to have improved and up to date light and power sources. (see note 2)

    Thirdly, space needs to be created for more stalls. More stalls will encourage more shoppers to use the Town Centre improving the viability of the Town. (see note 3)

    Fourthly, something must be done about the uneven walkways and pavements around the Town Hall. (see note 4)

    "If the Council don't support these hard working traders they will disappear in the next few years and go to other market towns such as Richmond where there is a better understanding of the needs of local businesses. At the same time there needs to be support through local business rates for the owners of our small local shops". says Clive Jones.


    Contact for more information. Clive Jones, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Wokingham. 07720275212.

    Note 1. Currently the traders park in Cockpit path car park which is owned by Wokingham Borough Council. They pay £3 to park for 6 hours. They arrive at 06.30am and have to move at 12.30pm. When they do this they have to get someone to look after their stall. Other councils give traders a pass that costs the same but lasts for 12 hours meaning they don't have move during the day. Surely Wokingham could do the same.

    Cutting the number of car park spaces in Peach place to build more flats will damage the viability of the Town centre. Shoppers need to have somewhere to park.

    Note 2. There are 3 power sources around the Town Hall. Running several cables from them overloads them. Other more business friendly councils up and down the country have introduced power supply's that are right by each stall. This enables the stall holder who has a key to access them when they open in the morning and close them when they finish at night. This gives better lighting throughout the day helping to improve the ambiance of the area and hopefully sales as well.

    Note 3.There needs to be more space to encourage more stall holders. The last set of plans produced by the Tories showed that Denmark Street was being narrowed. The pavement was being widened on the side of the road where WH Smith is. Trees were planned for the other side of the road by the Town Hall. If the pavement was widened on the Town Hall side of the road more market stalls could be put there improving the viability of the market and the Town centre. A very simple idea but beyond our Conservative councillors.

    Note 4. Currently the walkways by the Town Hall and the pavements are uneven, these need to be levelled. More stalls could then occupy the same space helping to improve the viability of the town Centre.

    These changes will not cost very much. Certainly less than the Tories £95million.

  • Document: Oct 29, 2014
    1.7 MiB drawing or desktop publishing document
  • Dan Rogerson visits Newbury constituency
    Article: Oct 29, 2014

    Dan Rogerson, Minister for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs


    Hamstead Marshall, West Berkshire

    Thursday 6th November 2014

    Tickets: £15 to include light supper and a glass of wine.

    Venue: The Organic Research Centre, Elm Farm, Hamstead Marshall, Berkshire RG20 0HR

    Contact: Please contact Ceinwen Lally to reserve a ticket.

  • Article: Oct 29, 2014

    By pandering to UKIP, Tory waverers and rebellious backbench MPs, David Cameron is alienating the very allies in Europe who are the key to achieving substantial EU reform.

    The new European Commission is committed to cutting red tape, boosting trade and expanding the single market to create new jobs, all of which are central aims of the UK. But threatening the principle of freedom of movement, a cherished right enjoyed by millions of Europeans including 2.2 million British citizens who live elsewhere in the EU, only serves to undermine the UK's position in the eyes of its EU partners.

  • Article: Oct 28, 2014

    Oxford's Lib Dems ready to fight Tories on abolishing ECHR (European Court of Human Rights)

    Lib Dem parliamentary candidates for Oxford West and Abingdon, Layla Moran, and Oxford East, Mark Mann, have vocalised their dismay at Tory plans to scrap the ECHR.

    David Cameron has announced plans to scrap the Human Rights Act and pull out of the ECHR in a bid to win Eurosceptic voters who associate the ECHR with the EU.

  • Catherine Bearder
    Article: Oct 22, 2014

    Conservative MEPs today confirmed they would abstain in a European Parliament vote to approve the new European Commission, which includes the UK's new EU Commissioner and Conservative Peer Lord Jonathan Hill.

    Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder commented:

    "There was a real cross-party effort to build support for Lord Hill amongst MEPs so he could become EU Commissioner for financial services, a sector vital for the UK economy.

  • Jenner Institute Malaria Lab
    Article: Oct 21, 2014

    The European Commission has announced that it intends to rapidly mobilise funds from the Horizon 2020 research fund to help fund clinical trials searching for an Ebola vaccine such as the one taking place at the Jenner Institute, Oxford University.

    The Commission is working with the World Health Organisation and the European Medicines agency in order to define the most useful research to spend the funds on.

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