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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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  • 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.

  • Article: Oct 19, 2014

    Afraid we missed the date off the article about Dan Rogerson's visit to the constituency.

    He will be with us on Thursday 6th November, at the Elm Farm Research Centre in Hampstead Marshall. These question and answer sessions are usually great fun. Do book your tickets with Ceninwen Lally, soon: ceinwen@lallys.plus.com Tel: 01635 580730

  • Judith Bunting, Parliamentary Candidate speaking with Dan Rogerson MP
    Article: Oct 19, 2014

    Dan Rogerson, MP in conversation with Judith Bunting

    This is our chance to meet and quiz the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State responsible for: Rural affairs, sustainable communities, rural broadband, inland waterways, forestry, flooding and much, much more.

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

  • Cycle For Freedom and OXCAT in Oxford
    Article: Oct 17, 2014

    Local charities dedicated to fighting human trafficking in Oxford took their message to the streets today. Oxford Community Against Trafficking (OXCAT) and Just Love were helped by the Cycle For Freedom team who stopped off in the city as part of their five-day tour of the country.

    The cycling team joined local activists in a flash mob through the town centre with a line of 100 people walking to the beat of a drum with their hands bound together before setting off on the final leg of their journey to London.

  • Nigel Farage
    Article: Oct 16, 2014

    UKIP's group in the European Parliament, the EFDD, has collapsed following the departure of a Latvian MEP Iveta Grigule.

    Parliamentary groups must have over 25 MEPs from at least seven different countries, and Ms Grigule's departure means the EFDD now only represent six countries. The loss of group status will mean less funding and less speaking time for UKIP MEPs, especially for former group leader Nigel Farage.

  • Judith Bunting, Parliamentary Candidate, Speaking in the Age Ready Britain debate, 7th October 2014 (BBC - coverage of Lib Dem party conference, October 2014)
    Article: Oct 16, 2014

    This article is based on the speech I gave at the Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference, 7th October 2014

    I would be glad to hear any commments or suggestions people have to make, after reading.

    Wherever they live, across the UK, older people should have the opportunity to live in resilient, thriving and sustainable communities and to emphasise the importance of the joined up thinking and collaboration between government departments if we really want to make that happen.

  • Ebola Virus
    Article: Oct 15, 2014

    EU rules on blood safety are in need of urgent revision to prevent the accidental spread of Ebola through blood transfusions, Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder has warned in a letter to EU Health Ministers meeting tomorrow for an emergency summit in Brussels.

    Mrs Bearder pointed to a recent report from the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) warning that "specific guidelines" are needed to detect and control for blood donors who may have been exposed to the Ebola virus.

  • Clive Jones HK
    Article: Oct 12, 2014

    Whilst on a business trip to Hong Kong Clive Jones twice visited the very peaceful demonstration that has been taking place for nearly two weeks in several locations in Hong Kong.

    On Friday 10th October there were over 100,000 people occupying the government district on Hong Kong Island.

    "It was an incredible site, to see over 100,000 people, mainly students sitting peacefully in the roads around the Provinces Legislature and the Chief Ministers Office. Watched by only a few policemen and no evidence of any Red Army units", says Clive Jones, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate for Wokingham.

    Thousands have set up tents in the roads and were watching TV and films on Ipads. Free food and drinks were available from well wishers.

    Just imagine the equivalent of this in the UK. It would be protesters occupying Parliament Square, Trafalgar Square, Horse Guards Parade and Downing Street to within a few yards of our famous front door. All this happening peacefully, watched by only a few dozen policeman.

    "There has been no looting, no smashing of shop windows, no vehicles being burnt. In amongst all these people there was an Audi garage, its huge windows intact and cars still in the showroom. Could this happen in Europe?" asks Clive

    Clive chatted with some of the demonstrators. They are asking for the right to free elections. It is being proposed that all candidates for elections will have to be approved by the Chinese Communist party. This means there wont be any independent or pro democracy candidates standing for election to the Legislature or for the Office of Chief Minister. a strange version of democracy.



    Initially the authorities used tear gas to disperse the demonstrators. They fled into the underground system and then return to their very peaceful demonstration.

    Clive Jones was in Hong Kong for three and a half days of meetings with suppliers and customers following the Liberal Democrat conference in Glasgow. He returns to the UK at 5.00am on Monday 13th October. For more information contact Clive on 07720275212

  • Article: Oct 12, 2014

    Sign our petition for mental health waiting times

    The Liberal Democrats are committed to putting treatment for mental health conditions in line with other NHS services.

    That's why we're introducing the first ever NHS waiting time standards for mental health treatment.

    Show your support by signing the petition.

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