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By-elections in Blackbird Leys and Northfield Brook wards are to be held on 27th November, one for the County Council for the whole Leys, and one City Council in each ward.

Steve Curran is your Labour candidate for the County Council. He is Oxford born and bred. He attained a teaching qualification in 1979 and for 32 years worked as a youth worker for Oxfordshire County Council. He spent several years running Blackbird Leys Youth Centre. After being made redundant in 2011 Steve has dedicated his time to working on the Leys and for the past two and a half years has been City Councillor for Northfield Brook.

Linda Smith is your Labour candidate for Blackbird Leys on the City Council. She is a mum of two who grew up on an Oxford council estate. She has worked in politics at Westminster and at a European level and has already served 12 years as a local councillor. She has the experience needed to speak up for local residents and fight for the best deal for Blackbird Leys. Her priorities for the local area include housing improvements and activities for children & young people.

Sian Taylor is your Labour candidate for Northfield Brook on the City Council. She has worked as a nurse in the NHS for over 30 years and is a Unite workplace rep. She is committed to fairness and equality, and will work hard if elected to stay in touch with local people, helping with problems and making sure their views are represented.

The deadline to register to vote in the by-elections is 5pm Tuesday 11th November, and the deadline for postal vote applications is 5pm Wednesday 12th November. Polls will be open 7am to 10pm on Thursday 27th November.

 

Labour's candidates for the Leys by-elections

By-elections in Blackbird and Greater Leys caused by the sad resignation of long-standing councillor Val Smith have been set for November 27th.

Val Smith resigned her City Council seat in Blackbird Leys ward and County Council seat in the Leys division a few weeks ago. City Councillor for Northfield Brook Steve Curran is resigning from his City Council seat and standing for the County Council vacancy for the Leys. This means there are City Council by-elections in both wards on the Leys. Our candidate for Blackbird Leys ward is Linda Smith, and for Northfield Brook ward Sian Taylor.

Residents of both Blackbird Leys and Northfield Brook will vote in two polls on November 27th, one for the County Council and one for the City Council.

 

Leys by-elections set for 27th November

By-elections in Blackbird and Greater Leys caused by the sad resignation of long-standing councillor Val Smith have been set for November 27th.

The way we all register to vote is changing.

Rather than one person in the household completing a household registration form, now everyone must register individually under the government's new system of Individual Electoral Registration (IER).

Many people will automatically have been registered because their details match with data held by the Department for Work & Pensions or local council databases. This is the case for about 70% of people in Oxford.

However, some people have to provide additional details to ensure they are registered to vote. Everyone will have received a letter from the council telling them whether they have to take any action or not.

People new to Oxford, in particular the incoming cohort of students, will need to register to be able to vote in next year's General Election. The easiest way to do this is online at https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

If you have any questions about your electoral registration you can contact the council at 01865 249 811.

 

Register to vote online

The way we all register to vote is changing.

The Labour-run City Council has secured funding allowing for free public wifi on all Oxford Bus Company and Stagecoach buses and public buildings.

Buses should all have free wifi by the end of November and buildings such as Community Centres, libraries and museums by April next year. This will generate a wide wifi network in the City centre for residents and tourists.

Leader of the Council Bob Price said: "The City Council is building a world class city for its residents and for the nearly 10 million visitors that we receive each year. Wi-Fi access is a crucial element in providing information and guidance to visitors, as well as facilitating business and social communications.

We are aiming to create an extensive Wi-Fi zone in the city centre using the main public buildings, museums and galleries, and the installation of Wi-Fi on the bus network will be really valuable for residents and visitors alike."

This forms part of the 'Super Connected Oxford' scheme which aims to make Oxford one of the country's most connected cities. The programme will also offer small and medium sized businesses in Oxford assistance in getting superfast broadband.

 

 

 

Free Wifi on buses and public buildings

The Labour-run City Council has secured funding allowing for free public wifi on all Oxford Bus Company and Stagecoach buses and public buildings. Buses should all have free wifi by...

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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

E-mail: chewe32001@yahoo.com

Phone: 07851 019 417

Twitter: @CheweMunkonge

 

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

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