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Chair

James Read

James Read

James Read is the newly elected Chair of South Central region. He has been a member of the Regional Executive since 2016 and prior to becoming Chair, he led the Local Parties Panel, which deals with disciplinary issues and disputes throughout the region.

He is an active campaigner and Exec member of the Southampton local party, and a previous Local Party Chair, from 2010-2012 and 2016-2018. He is Southampton Lib Dem health spokesperson. In the local elections in 2019 he reduced a 650 Labour majority to 203.

He is also a long-standing member of the English Council, and as Regional Chair is now a new member of the English Council Executive.

One of his proudest achievements as a Local Party Chair was fostering closer working relationships with neighbouring local parties, and he is keen to continue this work as Regional Chair.

Away from politics, he is an underwriter for a large insurance company.

If you would like to contact James in his capacity as Regional Chair, please email him on james_a_read@hotmail.com or call him on 07951 478795.