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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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  • garden party exterior
    Article: Jul 28, 2014


    Newbury and West Berkshire Lib Dems

    Summer Extravaganza - a Glorious Garden Party


    Sunday 3rd August 2014

    Castle Rise, Wantage Road, Donnington

    Members and supporters and their partners, only, are invited


    Sumptuous cold buffet - Delicious puddings

    Complimentary Pimm's, wine, beer and soft drinks

    Croquet, Boules (informal), and other garden entertainments

  • thornton horse
    Article: Jul 27, 2014

    'There is no space at the stables this winter.' That's the situation this month, in what equine experts are calling a 'crisis' in horse and pony welfare. Charities say they are facing their worst crisis in 25 years nationally, with up to 7000 horses and ponies at risk if there's a harsh winter.

    Eastleigh MP Mike Thornton has teamed up with local stable-owner and Chair of The Epona Trust Carol Boulton to highlight the problem and call for action.

  • pub jones wokingham
    Article: Jul 26, 2014

    Clive Jones, Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate (PPC) for Wokingham has worked with Local Camera members to stop the Maiden Over public house becoming a Tesco.

    "I have been aware of the possible closure of the Maiden Over for a few days and have worked with two Liberal Democrat members of Camera to nominate the Maiden Over as a community asset." said PPC Clive Jones

  • porter short breaks
    Article: Jul 22, 2014

    As the Conservative County Council plans how to implement the next round of funding cuts, Jackie Porter, Lib Dem spokesperson for children, has met with parents who describe how valuable and vital these services are to their families.
    Amanda Stretch whose son Freddie attends Shepherd's Down school says, 'Our son gets a huge amount out of the playschemes and support provided by the short Breaks. It means he can enjoy the local activities at Messy Church and Cubs and a few days at the KIDS and Disability Challengers playscheme in the summer holidays.' Freddie needs constant attention, so Amanda and her husband Tim have the chance to catch up or play with their other children whilst he goes off to other activities with the buddy provided by the scheme.

  • thornton porter motorway noise
    Article: Jul 22, 2014

    Local residents have welcomed news of action to tackle motorway noise on one of the busiest motorways in Hampshire, after a local MP successfully fought for low noise resurfacing.

    Residents living near the M27 motorway have had to put up with 'horrific' noise levels for years.
    Government noise maps shows that amongst the worst affected are areas of Eastleigh Borough, where the volume hits more than 75 decibels - equivalent of a loud radio or a very busy street.

    The worst noise hotspots are centred around West End on the M27, and a stretch of the M3 that separates Chandler's Ford and Allbrook.

    Now, after several interventions and pressing by local MP Mike Thornton over the past year, the Highways Agency have confirmed funding to resurface the M27 between Junction 5 and Junction 7 using noise reducing materials. The work, originally scheduled for 2018, has been brought forward and is now due in two years' time.

    Eastleigh MP Mike Thornton, who pressed Ministers over the issue earlier this year, has welcomed the news, but has said the scheme doesn't go far enough.

    Mr Thornton said, "One of my main priorities since becoming an MP has been to get action on motorway noise. It's a problem that blights thousands of my constituents who live near the M27 and M3, and is potentially very damaging to their long-term health.

    "While I'm pleased that the Highways Agency have listened and committed to funding M27 resurfacing, more can be done.

    "I'd like to see a much bigger stretch of the M27 resurfaced, and the latest noise mapping shows that areas either side of the M3 need similar solutions.

    "The Highways Agency has now agreed to re-investigate further noise mitigation at key points along both motorways, and I'll be following this closely to ensure residents get the best deal possible."

  • Article: Jul 18, 2014
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    It's been a busy few months here in West Berkshire, here's what I've been getting up to:

    Flying the flag for local business

    I have been lobbying government ministers to do more to encourage the development of science, technology and research industries around Newbury and the M4 Corridor.

    These companies are the future. The research and development driven by companies such as Quantel, Vodafone and Bayer, provides the highly skilled work that is underpinning the current economic recovery. I have asked whether hi-tech start-up businesses might in the future be considered for the kind of tax-breaks enjoyed by other industries, like film and TV. If elected, this is a line I would like to pursue.

    I have made the case to Business Secretary Vince Cable that digital business must lead the recovery.

    I've also been talking to local business people at the BNI, the Athena Network and elsewhere, and promoting my apprenticeship campaign.
    If you know of any companies you think might be interested in taking on an apprentice, or you run a business with apprentices, please let me know.

    Dyslexia in West Berkshire

    I was delighted to join with dyslexia specialist, Jacqui Flisher, to organise the Dyslexia - The Big Picture event at Sheepdrove, recently. Many thanks to everyone who came along. The evening kicked off with a showing of James Redford's documentary, The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia and this was followed by a panel discussion. It was great to hear about the successes of high flyers and to be reminded that people living with dyslexia span the full ability range.
    Last week, I also had the opportunity to visit the Accelerated Education Unit at Trinity School and to meet Gaynor Davies and the amazing teaching team there. The unit is open to all students with dyslexia, from all across West Berkshire. The work the students I met were putting in and results they're achieving are impressive.

    I was thrilled to meet Cathy Howells, teacher at Trinity Schools Accelerated Education Unit, and some of the students, there.
    It is vitally important that services like these exist so we can continue to create opportunity for all children, no matter who they are or what their background is.
    I have signed a petition asking the government to save Disabled Students' Allowance, which affects students with dyslexia, who are deaf, as well as those with a physical disability.

    West Berkshire broadband

    At a recent event in the centre of Newbury, I heard yet more stories from people living and working outside of Newbury and Thatcham about the poor broadband speeds. Two rural business leaders reported broadband speeds below 2Mb. Particularly worrying, as they are based in Elcot and Winterbourne, two of the places not yet included in the current Superfast Broadband plans, at all.
    This is shocking. If I am elected to Westminster, for the sake of all businesses and residents across West Berks, I will campaign vigorously for better broadband services in and across our district.

    It's time to deliver faster broadband for everyone in our community.
    People should be able to run businesses from home, whether you're a publisher sending multiple picture files to printers on the far side of the world, or a hotel that would like to offer its guests more than 2Mb.
    It has been very shortsighted of West Berkshire Council and the Superfast Berkshire Project to leave rural areas so far behind terms of the service the receive and when they are likely to receive it.

    Voting - Not Voting

    During the Euro campaign I was distressed by the number of young people I met who are not registered to vote.

    Because of this, I have agreed to support Vote If You Care. The campaign's message is simple and not party political: If you want to make where you live better, make a difference by voting.

    If you know anyone not registered to vote, please forward them this e-mail so they can register by clicking here.

    It takes less than five minutes!

    Find out more by checking out the links below:


    Want to know more?

    All of my campaigns are funded by members and supporters. I do not receive any government funding.
    If you would like to support my campaigns, or you want to know more, please get in touch.
    If you would like to Donate to the Campaign - please click on the link below:


    Stay in touch


    You can stay in touch with me and follow what I am doing across West Berkshire by using the links below...






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    Judith Bunting,
    Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Campaigner for Newbury and West Berkshire

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  • Judith Bunting with Cathy Howells and one of her students at Trinity Schools's ACE Dyslexia unit
    Article: Jul 16, 2014

    It's great news that the achievement of our poorer students in West Berks is improving. That it's improving in line with the additional funding quietly delivered to schools by Lib Dem Minister for Schools, David Laws, has to be satisfying for any supporter.

    The pupil premium is one of the most socially democratic policies passed for a generation*. It is £2.5 billion funding, straight off the front of our 2010 manifesto, that targets schools with struggling pupils. And remember - fewer students falling behind, means less disruption in class and a better education for all.

  • Pupil Premium
    Article: Jul 16, 2014

    Thousands of disadvantaged schoolchildren across the South East are reaping the benefit of the Pupil Premium, Local Euro MP Catherine Bearder said today.

    Figures show that more youngsters from poorer backgrounds in local authorities across the region achieved five or more GCSEs at A* to C grade than those in 2012.

  • L-R: Peter Baldock (Douglas Instruments) with Judith Bunting and Catherine Bearder, MEP.
    Article: Jul 14, 2014

    Last Friday, Judith Bunting invited leaders of high-tech businesses from across West Berkshire to sit down with Catherine Bearder, MEP to discuss how our local companies, large and small, can build business in the new EU.

    The event, What Next for Europe? Building Business in the new EU, was hosted by Helen Lamprell, Corporate & External Affairs Director at Vodafone UK, and took on subjects that ranged from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), to research funding and cross-border regulation.

  • thornton road safety
    Article: Jul 12, 2014

    "It's an accident waiting to happen."

    That's the verdict from residents living in the middle of a speeding hotspot in Hedge End.

    Shamblehurst Lane South is at the centre of controversy after Conservative County Bosses dismissed residents' calls for action to deal with consistent speeding on the 30mph road.

    Despite Hampshire County Council's own traffic data showing that there's regular speeding on the road, particularly at peak times in the morning and after work, the County Council have dismissed residents' call for action, saying they will not install physical speed enforcement measures.

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