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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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  • Vote Elizabeth O'Keeffe on 5th May 2016
    Article: May 4, 2016

    Vote for Elizabeth O'Keeffe, Thursday 5th May, Newbury Victoria.

    If you live in Victoria Ward in Newbury, this Thursday is by-election day, please vote for Elizabeth O'Keeffe, a Champion for Newbury.

    • If you have a couple of hours to come and help get Elizabeth elected on 5th May 2016, please contact Martha Vickers on: martha.vickers@phonecoop.coop
    • If you have issues that Elizabeth or her colleagues on the Town Council can assist with, please contact Elizabeth by email on: elizabeth44ok@gmail.com
    • If you tweet - please share your thoughts with Elizabeth on Twitter at @eliz44ok and follow campaign activities on
  • CB
    Article: May 4, 2016

    Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder has won the Green Ribbon Political Award recognising her outstanding environmental achievements.

    Catherine was awarded in the "MEP of the Year" category for her work fighting for stronger European targets to tackle air pollution. The judges commended Catherine for generating public awareness of the issue and championing EU action to improve air quality, often in the face of opposition from the UK government.

  • Elizabeth O'Keeffe
    Article: May 3, 2016

    * If you would like to join the team to help get Elizabeth elected on 5th May 2016, please contact Martha Vickers on: martha.vickers@phonecoop.coop

    * If you have issues that Elizabeth or her colleagues on the Town Council can assist with, please contact Elizabeth by email on: elizabeth44ok@gmail.com

    * If you tweet - please share your thoughts with Elizabeth on Twitter at @eliz44ok and follow campaign activities on

  • Judith Bunting
    Article: May 3, 2016

    This is the text of a letter from Judith Bunting as published in the Newbury Weekly News on Thursday 28th April:

    Dear Sir,

    I write, in some surprise, to thank Jonny Roberts for his acknowledgement in these pages last week of the Liberal Democrat position at the vanguard of local campaigning against the Council cuts, along with members of the Green Party and other community groups.

  • Elizabeth O'Keeffe - LibDem candidate in Victoria by election, 2016
    Article: May 1, 2016

    Vote Elizabeth O'Keeffe on 5th May!

    A message to the Victoria community, from Elizabeth O'Keeffee, our Lib Dem Candidate in the Newbury Town Council and future user (like so many of us at The Strawberry Hill Medical Centre):

    I would like to congratulate all the staff from the former Northcroft and St Mary's Rd GP surgeries, now The Strawberry Hill Medical Centre. Moving home is said to be one of the most stressful things we do. To relocate two GP surgeries over the space of a weekend, without interrupting the continuity of patient service was an incredible achievement. No doubt there will be some teething problems.

  • John Howson - Lib Dem candidate for Police Commissioner 2016 (PCC) (http://www.oxfordlibdems.org.uk)
    Article: May 1, 2016

    As Police & Crime Commissioner I would:

    • Emphasise improved detection rates - for years Thames Valley did not solve enough crimes;
    • Ensure support for victims of crime is funded and not cut;
    • Protect frontline policing including bobbies on the beat;
    • Work with other agencies to ensure cases are progressed to court as quickly as possible;
    • Consult the public, community groups and elected representatives including town and parish councils about local policing priorities;
    • Listen to young people who cannot vote, but need a say about both crime and policing issues;
    • Ensure value for money - but protect services to the public.
  • Article: May 1, 2016

    The European Investment Bank (EIB) has today agreed a £1 billion loan for affordable housing, supporting the building of 20,000 homes, but has warned that leaving the EU could put its future investment in the UK at risk.

    The EIB is a crucial source of low-cost financing in the UK, providing £5.6 billion of long-term investment for fifty projects across the country in 2015. It has warned that Brexit would be likely to significantly reduce future lending, pointing to non-EU members Switzerland and Norway who combined have received forty times less investment than the UK in recent years.

  • Article: May 1, 2016

    There is good news for smartphone users heading to the continent this bank holiday weekend. New EU rules will cap the cost of using your phone when abroad in Europe at 4p per minute, 2p per text and 4p per MB of data (excluding VAT), around four times cheaper than current limits.

    Three UK's rate is dropping from 16.6p per minute, 5.2p per text and 17.4p per MB to 4.3p per minute, 1.5p per text and 4.3p per MB. Tesco Mobile has announced it will drop roaming charges altogether in more than 30 European countries between May and September this year. From July 2016, all phone companies will be required to scrap roaming fees for phone users travelling within the EU.

  • Catherine Bearder
    Article: Apr 25, 2016

    Catherine Bearder MEP with Dinesh Dhamija, entrepreneur and founder of Ebookers

    Answering Your Questions About Europe

    When: Saturday 30th April, 2:30pm - 4pm

    Where: Newbury Town Hall

    Cost: This is a free event

    Together in Europe we have delivered decades of peace and prosperity and created the world's largest ever trading area, so why rock the boat? This Saturday Catherine Bearder will answer your questions on the European Parliament, the effects of the EU on the UK economy and her specialist subjects of environment and public health.

  • Judith Bunting
    Article: Apr 25, 2016

    Letter as per the Newbury Weekly News 20th April 12016

    Dear Editor,

    Once again, the Conservatives are chipping away at the mental and physical health of our children, with no apparent understanding of the facilities they seek to destroy.

    At the heart of our town, Newbury Football Club works with 360 youngsters and their families around West Berkshire every week. It is home to not just one but two adult football teams. The team at NFC has also trained more than 70 local people to qualify as Football Association club coaches. Other Councils would be thanking such an organisation warmly and helping them make the most of their facilities and their ground. They would celebrate the work done by the team in developing physical fitness and team-work in our youngsters, girls as well as boys.

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