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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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  • bus sign
    Article: Aug 31, 2014

    Alan Macro, Councillor for Theale on West Berkshire Council, is fighting a near 60% increase in bus fares that would affect many Theale residents using the popular JetBlack 1 service.

    The hike is the result of moving the boundary of the simplyReading flat fare scheme from the edge of the village to its centre. Councillor Macro said "Reading Buses are moving the flat fare boundary from the Wigmore Lane bus stop to the stop at The Crown. This increases the single fare for travelling between the affected stops and Reading from £1-90 to £3-00. To travel from those stops to Sainsbury's at Calcot increases from £1-20 to £1-90. Reading Buses have told me that this is to help pay for an additional bus on the route and to make up for reduced payments from West Berkshire Council for use of pensioners' bus passes. It is very unfair to ask Theale residents to pick up the tab!"

    Councillor Macro has set up an on-line petition against the big rise. Readers can sign it at www.theale.org.uk/bus-fare-petition.

  • Gvj
    Article: Aug 31, 2014

    Portsmouth Liberal Democrats are delighted to announce that local party members have selected Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson as their parliamentary candidate for Portsmouth South while Councillor Darren Sanders was selected for Portsmouth North.


    The vote concluded at a hustings meeting last night following a three week campaign.
    Portsmouth Liberal Democrat local party Chair Simon Dodd said "In a high turnout, local members made their choice clear. I am delighted that we have a strong team who will work with our city councillors and local candidates. Portsmouth needs the skills and vision that only the local Liberal Democrat team bring to the city."
    Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson said "It is a privilege to have been chosen to fight Portsmouth South. I want to thank Tam Langley and David McBride for the campaign. It has been a vigorous, active but friendly selection. We have all shared a clear vision for Portsmouth and belief in the people of our city. I am looking forward to getting out tomorrow to campaign for the positive, practical and liberal policies which offer real hope for the future."
    Councillor Darren Sanders said "I am delighted to have been chosen to stand again for Portsmouth North. More than ever the city needs Liberal Democrat representatives to stand up for it. Conservative MP Penny Morduant is now concentrating on a ministerial career rather than putting Portsmouth first while Independent MP Mike Hancock is too ill to attend parliament. The minority Conservative administration on the council has already descended into chaos. The local Lib Dem team will work together to give Portsmouth the strong voice it needs."

  • Article: Aug 28, 2014

    Local Liberal Democrats have welcomed the government announcement that they will provide funding for free school meals for children in their first three years at school.

    Although some children previously qualified for school meals, some do not take them due to the stigma, and others who don't qualify struggle to afford them. Research has shown that extending free school meals to all children will help remove these barriers.

    Evidence presented from the School Food Plan group showed that this will also lead to positive improvements in health, attainment and social cohesion, and help all over families with the cost of living. Over 22,000 families in Oxfordshire will benefit from this Lib Dem policy.

  • Cable and Howson
    Article: Aug 24, 2014

    From: THE LIBERAL DEMOCRATS ON 21 AUGUST, 2014 @ 12:01 AM

    A Liberal Democrat government would introduce a package of measures supporting innovation in UK businesses, it has been announced today.

    The manifesto plans include ringfencing the science research budget and introducing a green innovation arm to the British Business Bank.

  • cable thornton
    Article: Aug 16, 2014

    The UK Business Secretary has questioned a bank's decision to close the last bank branch in a Hampshire village.

    In a recent meeting (pictured), Jason Judd, who runs the Oven Door Bakery in Botley Road, and Fair Oak's MP Mike Thornton discussed Natwest's controversial decision to close Fair Oak's last bank with the Business Secretary Dr Vince Cable MP.

    Residents and businesses in Fair Oak have been battling to save their Natwest branch, which they argue is vital as it is the last bank in the village.

    Despite gathering a petition of 1,100 signatures, they were told by Natwest officials the decision had been made and that the bank would shut on July 9.


    After hearing about Fair Oak's experience, Dr Cable said that the case did little to rebuild trust between the banks and their customers.

    Dr Vince Cable MP said: "A local bank branch is often a vital source of help and advice for local businesses. It is disappointing that Natwest is closing but I hope it will put in place a meaningful solution for the people and businesses of Fair Oak, because cases like this do little to rebuild trust between the banks and their customers."

  • Mike Thornton - B
    Article: Aug 16, 2014

    The number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance in Eastleigh Borough has fallen by 834 people in the last three years - a drop of nearly 60%.

    The ONS (Office for National Statistics) said that only 610 in Eastleigh constituency were now claiming Jobseekers' Allowance (July 2014), placing the area as one of the lowest ranked areas for unemployment in the country.

  • Clive and Bus
    Article: Aug 16, 2014

    Lib Dem PPC for Wokingham Clive Jones met today with the MD of Reading Buses to review the progress of the enhanced number 21 route and new number 19a,b&c which go from Earley to Reading via the Royal Berkshire hospital. It seems that passenger numbers are better than expected in the first month of the new timetable and new routes.

  • Superfast Berkshire - Fibre Coverage by Phase (Superfast Berkshire (http://www.superfastberkshire.org.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=34509&p=0))
    Article: Aug 15, 2014

    LOCAL NEWS - RURAL BROADBAND: Am I missing something?

    Because of an enquiry from a constituent, I have gone back, this morning, to coverage maps for the Superfast Berkshire project, which detail which areas will receive fibre optic services by the end of the project in 2016.

    They are truly extraordinary - and not in a good way. I showed them to our MP on the DCMS Select Committee (John Leech) and even he was astonished to see the appalling provision that's been negotiated on behalf of West Berks, compared to the coverage for the East.

    And remember, the Lead Authority for the Superfast Berkshire project was the loveable Tory team on West Berkshire Council. Richard Benyon was along side them, sticking up for the needs of his rural residents.

  • Margaret Crick Profile Pic
    Article: Aug 15, 2014

    Lib Dem Councillor for Abingdon Dunmore ward, Julia Bricknell, has announced her resignation from her position on the Vale of White Horse District Council as she is moving away from the area. Julia has been an excellent representative for local residents and an invaluable member of the local Lib Dem team.

  • Judith Bunting with Owen Jeffery and David Rendel at Taceham House
    Article: Aug 15, 2014

    Recently released plans for new housing across West Berkshire are worrying.

    The Lib Dem team ackowledges the need for new homes, ~300 people are known to be 'sofa surfing' in West Berks. What's worrying is the way the Tories are focussing efforts on easy sites in the outskirts of our towns and ingoring the potential for brownfield site development.

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