Latest Stories


Have you joined the Labour Party since the election? Are you a long-standing member looking to get more involved in campaigning? If so, you are cordially invited to take part in the Oxford Labour Training Academy. We will be starting this new and exciting volunteer programme with a one day introductory and training session on Saturday March 12th , followed by participation in our Super Sunday campaign event on March 13th with our councillors, volunteers, and maybe an MP or two.

Attendees will receive training from the local elections team who will help you gain experience in: community campaigning, leadership, election planning, print, media, digital campaigning and event management. As well as formal training the programme will have a very strong practical element . You will have the opportunity to make a vital contribution to the forthcoming City Council elections in May.

If you are interested in attending please sign up for a place on the events page. We would like to ensure that everyone who wants to attend is able to do so, therefore the venue will be confirmed once we have a clearer idea of numbers. We look forward to seeing you on March 12th

 

Sign up for the Oxford Labour Training Academy

Have you joined the Labour Party since the election? Are you a long-standing member looking to get more involved in campaigning? If so, you are cordially invited to take part...


On Tuesday January 12, Junior Doctors in England and Wales will be taking industrial action for the first time in 40 years in response to their contract dispute with the Department of Health.

More than 100 Junior doctors from John Radcliffe Hospital are expected to partake in strike action. After protesting at the hospital, they will move to Broad Street in the city centre to speak to the public about the regrettable need for such action.

The Oxford & District Labour Party would like to provide members who wish to attend the details of protest taking place in Oxford - assuming no settlement is reached in the meantime.

8:00am - 12:30pm Meeting with Doctors and pickets outside the hospital.
1:00pm - 3:00pm Protest in Oxford City centre at the Museum of the History of Science, Broad Street.

Oxford Labour will be represented and our party banner will be present during the march. We would like to remind members that this protest is being organised by the BMA and not by the Labour Party. To find out more, please visit the BMA website

Help show support for Junior Doctors

On Tuesday January 12, Junior Doctors in England and Wales will be taking industrial action for the first time in 40 years in response to their contract dispute with the...


Oxford & District Labour Party is a combination of two Constituency Labour Parties (CLPs), Oxford East and Oxford West & Abingdon. We have a joint All Member Meeting (AMM) each month except April and August to meet and discuss current issues, to hear reports from MPs, MEPs and councillors and to listen to speakers. Many people who joined the Labour Party after the 2015 General Election or during the recent leadership election will have attended an AMM. The AMM is open to all Labour Party members from either constituency, and they can speak and vote on all policy issues including resolutions.

In addition to the AMM, the Party has a General Committee (GC) which is composed of delegates whom are chosen by Oxford & District Party branches and by trade unions, the Co-op party and other affiliated organisations. These are the only members who can vote on certain aspects of party business, including the election of party officers and conference delegates, nominations to the National Executive Committee (NEC) and the National Policy Forum (NPF), constitutional changes and financial matters. Such votes are usually held within AMMs, particularly the AGM, for convenience.

The Executive Committee (EC) consists of officers elected at the AGM and some additional members to ensure that every party branch is represented, together with representatives of affiliated organisations and Labour groups, and is responsible for managing the O&DLP throughout the year.

We are approaching the Annual General Meeting (AGM) season in the Labour Party. In January or early February branches hold their local AGMs where members elect delegates to represent their branch at GC/AMM meetings. Each branch is entitled to one delegate for every 20 members of their branch. Dates and times of upcoming branch meetings are listed below

Summertown & Wolvercote, Thursday 28th January - 7:30pm - Library Room, North Oxford Association Community Centre, Diamond Place, Summertown, OX2 7DP

Greater Headington, Wednesday 3rd February - 7:30 - Coach House, Quarry Road, OX3 8NU

Rose Hill, Cowley & Littlemore, Monday 15th February - 7:30 - Norman Brown Room, Rose Hill Community Centre

Branches may also nominate people to serve in various officer roles within the local party, and these elections take place at the AGM in March each year. In 2016 the GC will elect officers and delegates and make nominations within the AGM to be held on Friday 11 March. Because our local party is a combination of two CLPs we try to include officers from each CLP, and the rules require that each CLP must hold at least one of the Chair and two vice-chair positions. In addition to CLP balance we endeavour to have a gender balance of officers reflecting the makeup of the Oxford & District membership, and the rules require that three of the six lead officers – Chair, two vice-chairs, secretary, treasurer and membership secretary – must be women.

If you would like to find out more about the nature and responsibilities of each role, click on the relevant link below.

Chair

Vice Chair: Membership

Vice Chair: Campaigns

Secretary

Treasurer

Women's Officer

BAME Coordinator

Disability Coordinator

Youth Officer 

Any member is eligible to stand as an officer or a delegate, and should put themselves forward at their branch AGM. It is expected that delegates will regularly attend branch meetings so they can accurately reflect the feeling of their branches when there are votes for GC delegates only. Similarly officers will be expected to report back to their branches and/or attend other branches to represent the EC to all members.

Follow the links below to our rules and standing orders. If you have questions you can contact our Secretary Ann Black on annblack50@btinternet.com.

Welcome Booklet

Rules

Standing Orders

 

 

Upcoming Branch AGMs

Oxford & District Labour Party is a combination of two Constituency Labour Parties (CLPs), Oxford East and Oxford West & Abingdon. We have a joint All Member Meeting (AMM) each...

The Oxford Labour Women’s Group will be holding a quiz night on Friday January 29th at Rose Hill Community Centre, 7:30 to 10:30pm. The evening will include food, a raffle as well as the opportunity to prove that you are the brainiest holder of useless information!  And there'll be a bar too. Tickets are £10 and proceeds will help fund our City Council campaign this May. 

If you can bring anything for the raffle please contact Holly Hiscox - hollyhiscox@hotmail.com

To attend, please sign up through our Eventbrite page or through the events page.

 

 

Oxford Labour Women's Group Quiz Night

The Oxford Labour Women’s Group will be holding a quiz night on Friday January 29th at Rose Hill Community Centre, 7:30 to 10:30pm. The evening will include food, a raffle...

The City Council Labour Group has just published its draft budget for the 16/17 year and the financial strategy for the three years thereafter. 

This is an extremely challenging budget to set, at a time when local government, yet again, faces exceptional pressures due to declining government funding, increasing pressures on services and continued low interest rates.  The most significant changes in this budget, however, come in the area of our Housing Revenue Account (HRA) – rented income from council housing.  Previous plans for the HRA, which included an ambitious programme of new build housing, have had to be substantially scaled back due to the negative effect of several government policies, costing us tens of millions of pounds in the coming years, and greatly increasing risk to the authority.

The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement announced a further 24% reduction in the central funding of local government until 2020.  This comes on top of substantial reductions in recent years.  We fully expect restrictions on the raising of income locally, through council tax, to continue.  At the same time, the Council faces financial pressures through low interest rates, hitting our investment income, just like any other saves, and we also face increasing pressure on our services.  The greatest such pressure is the rise in homelessness: it is now almost impossible to find a property in the privately rented sector affordable at housing benefit levels, putting local families unable to access scarce social housing in a difficult position.  We need to invest some £5 million, on top of recent property purchases, in an innovative scheme to purchase properties for use as temporary accommodation, but have also had to increase our homelessness budget by £200,000 per annum.

These central government cutbacks are not leading us to make big cutbacks at the frontline.  Unfortunately, some charges need to increase, though we have tried to keep such increases to a minimum.  We have had to put some elements of our capital programme onto a reserve list, as funding cannot be guaranteed at this stage, although we are quite confident that they will be able to go ahead if anticipated capital receipts are realised.

Various important initiatives are intended to continue, with the aim of making Oxford a fairer, more equal place to live.  For instance, we remain fully committed to our spending to support the local community and voluntary sectors, and our support to prevent homelessness has been preserved for the entirety of our Medium Term Financial Strategy.  We will continue to fund - in full - reductions in council tax for those on low incomes, rather than pursuing those on the lowest incomes for council tax bills that they cannot afford.  We have an agreement with trade unions to avoid compulsory redundancies, we will continue to pay the Oxford Living Wage, and we will ask the same of our contractors and suppliers.  Our capital programme still contains significant investment in our assets and, importantly, we are not increasing the cost of access to leisure services for those on low incomes.

Unfortunately, our Housing Revenue Account (council house rent account) is being hit by a “triple whammy.” Rather than rents increasing, the government is requiring us to reduce rent each year; we will be required to make a payment to government, of an as-yet unknown amount funded, the government expects, by the forced sale of “high value council housing”; in addition, the government expects us to charge up to market rents to tenants on household incomes of over £30,000 a year, handing the extra money straight back to government.  In our rent income, these changes add up to over £33.6 million over the next few years – but this deficit is likely increase substantially with the proposed “levy”.  Therefore, we have had to review our HRA capital programme and in particular are now proposing that the new affordable homes at Barton are delivered either by a council-owned housing company, the feasibility of which we are urgently investigating, or by a housing association.  Similarly, we do not propose to undertake council new build at this time, and will instead look to other routes to see new affordable housing developed.

To us, these Tory changes are a deliberate attempt to render council housing unviable, and in effect kill off social housing for ever.  We will lobby the government to change its mind: Oxford has a desperate need for more council housing, not less, and it is likely the extra money handed to government will leave the city for good, rather than seeing new affordable housing delivered here.  The changes run counter to the needs of local employers, who tell us every day of their difficulty recruiting and retaining staff due to the housing shortage, but also of course to local people in need of somewhere to live at a price they can afford.  We will continue to look hard at ways to increase the availability of housing, especially affordable housing, but these government changes make it much more difficult to do so.

Finally, we would warmly encourage Labour members to feed back to councillors (and indeed respond on the official consultation when it is published), as well, of course, as join in our manifesto conference on 15th January.

City Council sets draft budget

More Stories >

Get Involved Events Donate



We use cookies on this site to enhance your user experience

By using this page you are giving your consent for us to set cookies. 

No, let me find out more.