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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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  • Cycle For Freedom and OXCAT in Oxford
    Article: Nov 28, 2014

    The latest human trafficking operation uncovered in Oxford last night shows us all we need to open our eyes to the signs of human trafficking.

    Last night at 8pm 20 police officers raided the Athena Guesthouse on Cowley Road in a coordinated operation with representatives from the City Council, the Kingfisher Unit and the specialist trauma team.

  • Farage
    Article: Nov 28, 2014

    MEPs this week overwhelmingly rejected a vote of no confidence in the European Commission put forward by UKIP and far-right MEPs, with 461 MEPs against and just 101 in favour.

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage, who proposed the motion along with MEPs from Marine Le Pen's Front National, was not present for the vote.

  • Carer's bonus
    Article: Nov 27, 2014

    The EU must take action to prevent a delay in millions of pounds worth of European funding for the South East, Liberal Democrat Euro MP Catherine Bearder has warned in a debate in the European Parliament.

    Local Economic Partnerships, which combine public and private institutions, will be given European funding but were asked to draw up detailed strategies outlining how they will spend it.

  • Article: Nov 26, 2014

    Cuts proposed in the draft Portsmouth City Council budget will see beds cuts from Portsmouth's women's refuge. A £57,000 cut has been proposed in the budget put together by Conservative, Labour and UKIP councillors in Portsmouth.

    Following discussions with the provider of the service Portsmouth's Lib Dem Leader, Gerald Vernon-Jackson has condemned the cut. "This will see beds cut at the refuge. These beds are almost always full, so if they are cut, women and children will have to stay in unsafe situations. As Lib Dems, we are opposed to this cut and we will find the money to keep these beds open."

  • Article: Nov 26, 2014

    Catherine Bearder MEP's speech in the European Parliament on UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, 25th November 2014.

  • Catherine
    Article: Nov 26, 2014

    A new report published by World Animal Protection, an organisation campaigning to stop animal cruelty, shows that out of 43 Police forces in England and Wales Surrey and Thames Valley were found to be in the bottom 13, while Hampshire and Sussex were found to be in the top 12 for measures to protect wildlife against cruelty.

  • Article: Nov 25, 2014

    Local Charities providing services to local people in Portsmouth face big cuts to their funding if cuts in the proposed council budget are implemented.

    The funding comes from clothes, shoe and book banks in Portsmouth. 18 months ago, the City Council removed clothes banks etc from individual charities that were on Portsmouth's pavements and replaced them with council run clothes banks etc. The agreement was that the charities that had lost banks would get a share of the income from the council run banks. Now in the Council budget, this money is to be cut and kept by the City Council itself.

  • Plastic bags
    Article: Nov 25, 2014

    A law to curb plastic bag use in the EU has been approved by Euro-MPs in a key vote this evening in the European Parliament Committee in Strasbourg.

    The new targets will require EU countries to reduce annual plastic bag use to 90 bags per person by 2019 and 40 bags per person by 2025, almost five times lower than the EU average in 2010.

  • Catherine B Header
    Article: Nov 24, 2014

    Former Conservative Environment Minister Owen Paterson is making a speech today in which he urges the Conservative Party to commit to set in motion the process of leaving the EU by invoking article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.

    Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder commented:

    "Owen Paterson's proposal would be a disaster for investment, jobs and Britain's influence in the world.

  • Article: Nov 20, 2014

    With Portsmouth residents calling for action to save local pubs, Leeds Lib Dem MP Greg Mulholland, Chair of the 'Save the Pub Group' and Coordinator of the national 'Fair Deal for Locals' campaign is winning the fight against pub companies who exploit hardworking licensees and take an unfair share of pub profits.

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