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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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  • Open Your Eyes
    Article: Sep 30, 2014

    The National Crime Agency have released a report today (30/9) which shows that the number of people trafficked to be exploited in the UK has grown to more than 2,700.

    Commenting on the report, Liberal Democrat MEP and anti-trafficking campaigner, Catherine Bearder, said that this reminds us all to be aware of the signs of trafficking and exploitation and to open our eyes.

  • Judith Bunting meets A level physics students at Trinity School
    Article: Sep 29, 2014

    Ambition

    The Royal Society recently published their vision for Science and Maths Education in the UK. The report - focusses on the need to raise the general level of mathematical and scientific knowledge among school leavers. "A focus on 'teaching to the test'", the report says, "Results in a narrow curriculum that impoverishes young people's breadth and balance of learning."

  • Article: Sep 29, 2014

    Karmenu Vella, the candidate to be the EU's next Environment Commissioner, was faced with tough questions from MEPs today over what he will do to address the massacre of wild birds in his country of Malta, while TV presenter and environmental campaigner Chris Packham said EU rules on the protection of birds must be "defended at all costs."

  • Judith Bunting, Parliamentary Candidate, with David Rendel and Cllr Owen Jeffrey.
    Article: Sep 27, 2014
    Conservative controlled West Berkshire Council rejected calls for a cross-party working group to look into ways of increasing the supply of affordable housing at the Council meeting last Thursday.

    "I am shocked at how little the Conservative Council in West Berks seems to care about our young people," said Judith Bunting, Parliamentary Candidate for Newbury and West Berks. "Given how slowly things move around here, the negotiationing power of the Conservative Council regarding affordable housing seems terribly weak."

    Councillor Alan Macro, Liberal Democrat spokesman for Housing and Planning, pointed out that there were 2,100 people on West Berkshire's housing waiting list and that less than 90 affordable homes were being built in the district each year. He gave several examples of other councils and housing associations that were using innovative ways to increase the number of affordable homes being built. He said "not all these examples would be suitable for West Berkshire. However, we owe it to the families in housing need to look at all possibilities". However, the Conservative administration rejected the offer.

    After the Council meeting, a disappointed Councillor Macro compared West Berkshire Council's attitude with that of Reading Borough Council's plans to build 1,000 council homes over 30 years. He said, "Though they have been criticised for not doing enough, Reading have shown that a positive attitude towards what can be done. Conservatives on West Berkshire Council simply don't seem to care about all those families on the waiting list."

    Alan Macro went on, "We need more homes for young people in our area. They criticise the developers of the Parkway Housing - but what have they been doing since 2008. Where are the affordable homes that were promised?"

    Judith Bunting said, "The situation at Parkway is shocking. The situation at Taceham House in Thatcham, also, is extraordinary. Taceham House has been empty for 6 years. The Conservatives finally decided to sell it to Sovereign Housing, last year. They could have made a decision years ago. Do they have no idea about the problems going on out there?"

    http://judithbunting.co.uk/2014/07/27/the-lib-dem-view-of-housing/

  • West Berkshire Councillor, Alan Macro
    Article: Sep 27, 2014

    Councillor Alan Macro, Liberal Democrat spokesman for Housing and Planning on West Berkshire Council, strongly criticised a report on protected employment land at the Council meeting last Thursday. The report was in response to a Liberal Democrat motion submitted to the Council last December.

    Councillor Macro pointed out that the report itself says housing and employment needs are inextricably linked.

  • Article: Sep 26, 2014
    By Layla Moran

    Oxfordshire County Council urged to reconsider substance misuse cuts

    Liberal Democrats Layla Moran, PPC for Oxford West and Abingdon and Mark Mann, PPC for Oxford East, have called on Oxfordshire County Council to reconsider their plans to cut the housing support budget substance abuse victims.

    Their call has received the backing of the government minister responsible for drug and crime strategy, Norman Baker.

  • Lib Dem team at West Way
    Article: Sep 26, 2014
    The Liberal Democrats are calling on the Conservative administration of the Vale of White Horse District Council to pull out of the deal to redevelop West Way on the basis of the current plans.
    "Having seen the inadequate response by the developers to the objections raised in the latest consultation on the West Way redevelopment project and the Vale's response to the latest consultation on the new Local Plan, we are firmly AGAINST the Doric/Vale of White Horse District Council property deal as a matter of principle," said Layla Moran, Lib Dem Parliamentary candidate for Oxford West & Abingdon.
  • Freelancers' petition attracts 7,000 signatures
    Article: Sep 25, 2014

    New freelancers' movement delivers manifesto and 7000 signatures to European Parliament.

    Catherine Bearder MEP met with members of the European Freelancers' Movement today, who handed over supporters' signatures and delivered a Manifesto raising a strong voice in support of independent and self-employed workers.

  • Layla Moran and Lib Dem councillors at West Way protest
    Article: Sep 25, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for Oxford West and Abingdon, Layla Moran says that the developers of the proposed West Way redevelopment are out of touch.

    In an email from Doric, the developers, Ms Moran was told that the regeneration would be beneficial as an independent report by Savills has shown house prices would rise as a result.

  • Open Your Eyes
    Article: Sep 25, 2014

    Operation Archimedes, the EU's biggest-ever coordinated crackdown on organised crime, has led to 1027 people arrested and 30 child trafficking victims being saved.

    Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder said "This is tremendous work by a whole team of people, we should be very proud of the work they have done and very happy that vulnerable children are now safe tonight."

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