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Labour have selected local resident Chewe Munkonge as our candidate for the upcoming Quarry & Risinghurst by-election.

Chewe lives locally in Collinwood Road with his wife and children, and works as an accountant. Chewe wants to join Dee Sinclair as your City Councillor to improve the quality of life for all in our area, and is proud of the work done by your Labour councillors such as the campaign on the A40 gap and the refurbishment of Quarry pavilion. If elected, Chewe pledges to stay in touch all year round, not just at election time.

Get in touch with Chewe


Phone: 07851 019 417

Twitter: @CheweMunkonge


Labour's candidate for the Quarry & Risinghurst by-election: Chewe Munkonge


Labour have selected Alex Hollingsworth as our candidate for the Carfax by-election on September 4th. Alex stood for Carfax in May, but was pipped to the post by the Green Party by only 35 votes.

Alex has lived in Central Oxford for more than twenty years. He is a publisher and has two children at local schools. Alex is an experienced candidate – he was a City Councillor from 1994 to 2006, leading the Council for four years. Alex is committed to making the centre of our city a great place to live, work, study and visit. Alex is a former Leader of Oxford City Council.

Get in touch with Alex


Phone: 07710 542 000


Labour's candidate for the Carfax by-election: Alex Hollingsworth


Labour City Councillor for Cowley Marsh Mohammed Abbasi was elected Oxford's first ever Pakistani Lord Mayor on Monday.

Mohammed said "It is a great honour to serve the city in this way. I am looking forward to the coming year as Lord Mayor and to meeting with a large variety of people and community groups."

Oxford's Lord Mayor is the most senior, in terms of total years of service, councillor to have not yet undertaken the role. The outgoing Lord Mayor is Labour City Councillor Dee Sinclair.

Mohammed previously served as Sheriff of Oxford, and stepped in as Lord Mayor in 2013 when Alan Armitage resigned.

The new Deputy Lord Mayor is Green councillor Craig Simmons, and the new Sheriff is Labour councillor Rae Humberstone.

In another milestone for Oxford's ethnic minority communities, Labour's Farida Anwar was elected Oxford's first Bangladeshi councillor for Headington Hill & Northway on May 22nd.



Labour councillor Mohammed Abbasi becomes Oxford's first Pakistani Lord Mayor


Oxford Labour is passionate about making our city a fairer, safer, greener, more equal place to live.

In recent years, the Labour City Council has:

  • Introduced a special Oxford Living Wage for staff, contractors and suppliers, and increased it regularly.
  • Brought in a licensing scheme for shared houses, dramatically raising standards of accommodation and management and seeing complaints fall by half
  • Increased support for advice agencies in the city
  • Supported arts organisations to reach out to all sections of the community
  • Backed Low Carbon Oxford and reduced its own carbon footprint
  • Introduced "Oxford Cycle City", to make Oxford an easier, safer place to cycle
  • Refused to pass on the cut in Council Tax Benefit to Oxford's poorest citizens
  • Refurbished dozens of children's play areas across the city
  • Invested in provision for young people, and in the biggest educational attainment programme of any district council

If re-elected, Labour will:

  • Build hundreds of new council homes, at Barton and in other sites across Oxford, to tackle the housing crisis
  • Preserve its funding for homeless hostels and outreach services, in spite of government cutbacks of over 40%
  • Improve parks pavilions across the city
  • Continue its successful "cleaner, greener" programme to reduce the blight of dumped rubbish
  • Work to improve cycle paths across Oxford, using its own funds and pressing the County Council for action
  • Continue to support exciting holiday activities for young people
  • Build a new community centre at Rose Hill

In Europe, Labour's top candidate for the South East is Anneliese Dodds, who lives here in Oxford in Rose Hill. By voting Labour in the European Elections on 22nd May you are voting to have an MEP based here in Oxford who will stand up for you. Anneliese says: "My priorities are to protect and extend workers' rights across Europe, including measures against zero-hour contracts, and to work for action to prevent climate change."

Vote Labour in the City Council and European Elections on May 22nd!


Why vote Labour?


One of the biggest causes of the cost of living crisis in our country is the price of renting or buying a home. That’s why a Labour government will make sure that Britain builds 200,000 more homes a year by the end of the next Parliament so that more families can fulfil their dream of home ownership.

Nine million people are living in rented homes today, over a million families, and over two million children. 28% of households in Oxford are private rented. With tenants in Oxford facing rip-off fees from lettings agents and insecure tenancies, Labour has announced the biggest change in a generation to make the system fairer for renters.

The next Labour government will ban letting agents’ fees for tenants, saving renters on average £350 in costs, and will legislate to make three year tenancies the standard in the British private rented sector to give people who rent the certainty they need.

Andrew Smith MP said: "While the Lib Dem / Tory Coalition Government refuses to act, a Labour Government will give families the security of a longer tenancy and predictable rents to stop excessive rises so that they can manage tight family finances and plan ahead. If you buy your home, most estate agents will not charge you fees, but people in Oxford who rent are given no protection and they get charged £350 on average. That’s a lot of money for a lot of people and that’s why Labour will legislate to ban these rip-off charges by letting agents.”

Ed Miliband announces sweeping reforms to the private rented sector

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