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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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  • living waters
    Article: Jan 28, 2015

    Catherine Bearder visited Southampton along with Mike Thornton, MP for Eastleigh, to meet the organisers of two exciting maritime projects underway in the city.

    Catherine first met Dr Clive Bennett from Southampton University, who is developing plans for a 'Living Waters Aquarium' in the city on council land by the city walls and the West Quay shopping centre.

  • Catherine on Hastings Fishing Boat
    Article: Jan 26, 2015

    South East MEP Catherine Bearder has pushed for small-scale fishermen to be exempt from a new EU ban on driftnets in a vote this week in the European Parliament.

    Driftnets are a type of fishing gear that trawls the surface of the ocean and which, when used on a large-scale, can have damaging effects on the environment, but which are also used occasionally by many small-scale fishermen.

  • Article: Jan 23, 2015

    Health bosses in The South East have been urged to back a campaign aimed at dramatically reducing the number of suicides across the NHS.

    Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Portsmouth South Gerald Vernon-Jackson has called on local NHS trusts to commit to an ambition for 'zero suicides' in their care.

  • thornton nhs
    Article: Jan 22, 2015

    Mike Thornton has stepped up his ongoing battle on the future of health services.

    The Eastleigh MP, whose wife used to be a nurse and midwife at Winchester Hospital, has tabled a motion in Parliament calling on the Government to "ensure that a patient can see their GP within a week".

    Where patients suffer from managed, chronic conditions, Mike's motion calls for them to be able to "schedule future regular appointments at the end of their current appointment."

  • jenny woods
    Article: Jan 22, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Reading East, Dr Jenny Woods, this week condemned the knee-jerk response from the Tories, who are demanding to bring back the twice-defeated Snooper's Charter and ban online encryption in response to the terrible events at the Charlie Hebdo offices.

    Jenny, who has successfully campaigned for many years against intrusive state surveillance of everyone's communications, pointed out that there are already laws in place allowing the security services to monitor suspected terrorists, such as those who carried out the attacks, without needing to spy on innocent citizens.

  • jackie phone
    Article: Jan 22, 2015

    Jackie Porter celebrates as Hampshire County Council's customer 0845 calls are changed to cheaper 0300 numbers.

    "This is good news for us all," says Jackie, "and something I have pressurised the Council to do for a while now.The 0300 numbers are much fairer for residents and should be cheaper for us all."

  • voting
    Article: Jan 22, 2015

    Local Lib Dems have welcomed the extra funding secured by Lib Dem Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to make sure everyone in our area has the chance to have their say at the ballot box. Thanks to the Lib Dems Reading Borough Council has been awarded an extra £15,000 to carry out work to ensure people are registered to vote.


    I am coming across a lot of confusion from residents that I talk to on the doorstep - particularly when they are trying to register for a postal vote. So we welcome Lib Dems in Government finding this money and we will be asking the council what they plan to do to make sure more people register to get on the electoral roll."

    Everyone entitled to vote must now register individually rather than - as in the past - being listed on a form filled in by one member of a household. The Electoral Commission said 80% of those on the electoral register would automatically move onto the new system. But about 10 million people will need to re-register. There are also six million people in the UK who are entitled to vote but are not currently registered. In future, they will be able to register online.

  • Kennet Radio
    Article: Jan 22, 2015

    Kennet Radio, the community radio station for Newbury and Thatcham, is set to benefit from a package of changes to community radio funding rules announced today by the government.


    The changes will help Kennet Radio, and the 217 other community radio stations in the UK, to thrive and continue to provide a valued radio service to their local communities.

  • Article: Jan 22, 2015

    Local MP Mike Thornton is leading on the campaign to help save the lives of more people with oesophageal cancer in Eastleigh and across the UK.

    Mike has this week welcomed members of the Oesophageal Cancer Westminster Campaign (OCWC) for their first ever AGM in Westminster. The campaign was launched last year, following Mike's meeting with Tim Underwood consultant and oesophageal cancer specialist at Southampton General Hospital.

  • ben_Hanukkah
    Article: Jan 20, 2015

    Politicians and religious leaders in the Romsey area have welcomed this week's proposal for continued Holocaust education funding.

    The Holocaust Education Trust's 'Lessons from Auschwitz' project, which was set to end this year, would continue to receive funding under any Government including Liberal Democrats. The project has so far enabled 25,000 British students and teachers to visit Auschtwitz-Birkenau. It also involves seminars with Holocaust survivors.

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