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Oxford Labour would like to say a big thank you to everyone who helped in the General Election campaign in Oxford East, Oxford West & Abingdon and beyond. 

It is only through the hard-work of our volunteers that we are able to achieve great election results here in Oxford, and your support is most appreciated.

We go out knocking on doors speaking to residents all year round, not just near election time - you can sign up to join our team here: www.oxfordlabour.org.uk/volunteer

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Oxford Labour would like to say a big thank you to everyone who helped in the General Election campaign in Oxford East, Oxford West & Abingdon and beyond.  It is...


Popular City Councillor and national Disability Rights campaigner, Marie Tidball, was today announced by Labour as their prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Oxford West and Abingdon in the General Election on 8th June. 

Cllr Tidball was born in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, and has studied and worked in and around Oxford since 2002 where she now researches disability law.

In an email to Party members, Marie said:

‘It’s an honour to be selected as Labour’s Candidate for Oxford West and Abingdon. From the biggest real term cuts to school funding in a generation, decimation of children’s services and the Tories’

failure to solve the social care crisis, we have been witnessing the most devastating series of cuts to our public services in history. Tory austerity policies are having a grave impact across the constituency - from Cutteslowe and Kidlington to Botley and Abingdon.

As the City Council’s Mental Health Champion, I cannot sit back and watch the Tories’ failure to properly fund the NHS and the dangerous reductions that they are making across local government. I intend to use my specialist legal knowledge and my first-hand experience as a school governor to be a strong campaigning voice for the people in the Oxford West and Abingdon constituency.’

Marie commented additionally on the issue of the Brexit negotiations:

‘I campaigned vigorously with Oxford Labour and the other pro EU groups to remain in the EU. I have since seen the fear and uncertainty facing local industry workers and our European Union citizens caused by the Tories’ disastrous approach to the Brexit negotiations.

My partner is a citizen of another EU country so I am anxious on a personal level too to get a continuing close relationship with Europe! I work in Higher Education and know that research funding is on a knife edge with the Tories’ hard Brexit policy; securing that funding is absolutely vita for the future of Oxford West and Abingdon’s high tech economy.

Labour’s vision prioritises jobs, the economy and retaining the benefits of the single market and customs union. I will be campaigning strongly against the Conservatives’ vision for a hard Brexit and threat of dropping out of Europe in 2019 without a deal. We must ensure that the rights of EU nationals living here are guaranteed, environmental safeguards are preserved and workers’ rights are protected.’

Oxford City Council Leader Bob Price said:

‘Marie is an outstanding candidate and an experienced campaigner. She has worked tirelessly to save the local Children’s Centre where she is a governor and showed exceptional skill in leading a cross-party review on devolution. She will be a powerful advocate for residents across Oxford West and Abingdon and an effective voice in our region for securing research funding for our Universities, attracting investment in new industry and facilitating trade through Labour Party’s vision for a soft Brexit-deal.’

Councillor Marie Tidball to be Labour's candidate for Oxford West and Abingdon

Popular City Councillor and national Disability Rights campaigner, Marie Tidball, was today announced by Labour as their prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Oxford West and Abingdon in the General Election on...


Anneliese Dodds has been selected to be the parliamentary candidate for Oxford East following the retirement of Andrew Smith.

Anneliese lives in the constituency on the Rose Hill estate with her family and is Labour's MEP for the South East of England. In an email to all Oxford & District Labour Party members Anneliese said:

"I have been selected by the Labour Party's national executive committee as the Labour candidate for the general election for Oxford East.

I feel so privileged to have been given this chance to do all I can to win the support of people in Oxford East. I want to be a voice in Parliament for the people of Oxford East, so that they know they can count on Labour being on their side. I live on the Rose Hill estate with my young family and am well aware of the huge pressures that this appalling Conservative government is placing on local people. Housing costs are through the roof and our local public services are struggling, while the very best off in society have had their taxes cut. I have seen from the inside, in the European Parliament, how the government's extreme and chaotic approach to Brexit is damaging our country's prospects, and Oxford in particular.

Over the next five weeks we must ensure that every resident in Oxford East hears our Labour message loud and clear. Of course, this first means that we get our brilliant county council candidates elected on May 4th, before we campaign to keep Oxford East Labour on June the 8th.

We will be starting our general election campaign on Saturday, meeting at the junction of Magdalen Road and Iffley Road at 11am, where we will also be campaigning for Helen Evans in the County elections. Or you can join us on Sunday morning, again at 11am, along with Labour students, outside the James St Tavern in James Street, where again we will be campaigning for both the county and general elections (full information is at the end of this email).

I know that many of you would have liked to have a say on who the candidate should be, and regret that Theresa May's decision to hold a snap general election has deprived members of that choice. I am very grateful to those members who called on the NEC to select a local candidate.

Finally, I would like to pay tribute to Andrew Smith MP. Andrew has been a towering presence in the Oxford Labour Party for no less than 40 years. Always on the side of local people, Andrew has an immense personal following in Oxford. His presence in parliament has left our city and our country a more equal, fairer and more progressive place than it would be otherwise. He cannot be replaced. Nonetheless, his example has, and will continue to inspire me to fight for social justice in Oxford and beyond."

Anneliese Dodds selected as Labour's candidate for Oxford East

Anneliese Dodds has been selected to be the parliamentary candidate for Oxford East following the retirement of Andrew Smith.


The National Executive Committee has agreed an exceptional selections procedure for candidates in the General Election to be held on Thursday 8 June 2017.

The NEC has agreed MPs will be reselected automatically if they wish to stand again. Vacancies will be advertised on Friday 21 April and after close of applications on Sunday 23 April will be selected directly by panels of the NEC and Regional Board members in order to ensure candidates are in place and endorsed by the NEC before the nomination deadline of 11 May 2017.

It is with the greatest regret that local party members will not be able to select parliamentary candidates. This process is necessary and it is only due to the exceptional snap General Election circumstances and will not set any precedent for future elections.

It will be simply impossible to hold trigger ballots, selection hustings and meetings in the 631 Parliamentary constituencies in the given timescale, especially at a time when members are out campaigning in the local and general elections. As with standard election campaign procedures, meetings at all CLP meetings have now been suspended for the duration of the local and general election period except for campaign planning purposes.

Retirement seats

Where MPs retire, vacancies will be advertised via the Labour Party website from Friday 21 April and applications close on Sunday 23 April at noon. The NEC will make decisions in the normal way about All Women Shortlists in all seats, but as a minimum where a women MP retires, that seat will be an All Women Shortlist to at least maintain the number of women MPs in the PLP. To be eligible to be a candidate, individual members must have 12 consecutive months' membership of the Labour Party on 18 April (ie joined on or before 18 April 2016), and not be in arrears or under any NEC-imposed restrictions such as suspension. The NEC will then longlist applications, interview longlisted candidates and then select a candidate for each retirement seat.

All other seats
In all other seats, adverts will be placed on the Labour Party website from Friday 21 April and applications close on Sunday 23rd April at noon inviting applications from party members seeking selection. This will be in the form of a standard CV and monitoring form. Candidates will also be asked to indicate their preference of seat in which they are seeking selection.

Candidates who stood in the 2015 election, and who remain in compliance and eligible to be a candidate, will be contacted by Regional Offices asking that they seek selection again in those same seats.

A panel of NEC and Regional Board representatives will evaluate applications and appoint candidates in each seat. Successful candidates will need to confirm they intend to accept nomination as the Labour Party candidate.

We hope all party members will now fully focus on campaigning and opposing the Conservative Government and ensure that the Labour message is breaking through in every community. We would like to wish you all the very best for this campaign.

Timetable

Thursday 20 April - 6pm Deadline for MPs to declare intention to stand
Friday 21 April Applications open for candidates in all seats including retirement seats
Sunday 23 April - Noon Applications close
Week commencing 24 April NEC officers long-list, interview candidates in retirement seats
By close of Friday 28 April Candidates selected in retirement seats
From Sunday 30 April NEC and Regional Board panels meet to appoint candidates in all other seats
By close of Tuesday 2 May All candidates in place
Thursday 4 May Local elections
Thursday 11 May Close of Nominations
Thursday 8 June General Election



Details of Parliamentary Selections Announced

The National Executive Committee has agreed an exceptional selections procedure for candidates in the General Election to be held on Thursday 8 June 2017.


Andrew Smith's retirement is the end of an era for Oxford Labour.

Andrew has been an amazing MP and is a man of great integrity. He will be sorely missed by the party. For many, the news has not even started to sink in. We know from talking to residents on the doorstep across all parts of the city about the personal loyalty he built up over decades of hard work alongside his late wife Val on behalf of individuals and for the benefit of our constituency.

 A great number of people all over the constituency have told our campaigners they're 'Andrew Smith Labour' when we knocked on their doors. People often comment upon his approachability and down to earth qualities. It is these attributes together with his good common sense, level-headedness and experience that will be sorely missed. He has helped so many people and Oxford will be sad to see him go.

All of us in Oxford Labour owe a huge debt of gratitude to Andrew. We will now focus our efforts on ensuring that his successor continues Andrew's good work for the people of Oxford East.

Thank you Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith's retirement is the end of an era for Oxford Labour.

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