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Labour exceeded expectations in the local elections in Oxford on May 5th

Of the 24 City Council seats being contest, Labour won a total of 18 and came second in 7 others. Labour’s share of the vote was 47% across Oxford, an increase of 5.6% on 2014. 

All of Labour’s incumbent councillors were re-elected, many with increased majorities, testament to the hard work and dedication Labour councillors undertake. Dan Iley-Williamson, Marie Tidball, Steve Curran, Jamila Azad and Nigel Chapman are our new additions to the council. We would also like to thank Roy Darke, Oscar Van Nooijen and Bev Clack, who all stood down in May.

Ed Turner, Deputy Leader of Oxford City Council said: “The results are confirmation that we are fantastic, diverse, liberal city and people love living here and helping to make it a fairer and more equal place.”

In the Cherwell District Council elections Labour candidates Cath Arakelian, Andrew Hornsby-Smith and Janet Warren won 1,810 votes in Kidlington East, while Chris Robbins, John Stansby and Michael Taylor won 1,370 votes in Kidlington West.

The results for Oxford City Council can be read here

The results for Cherwell District council can be read here

Oxford Labour make gains in local elections

Labour exceeded expectations in the local elections in Oxford on May 5th

On Thursday May 7th, we launched our manifesto for the 2016 local elections. You can read it in full here.

In this manifesto, we set out our vision for Oxford and our ideas on how to make it a fairer place to live.  Our manifesto is positive, deliverable, and draws upon the excellent ideas brought forward by you, the local Labour party members, our outstanding councillors and those in the communities they are proud to serve.

Over the next four years, we will:

  • Promote the Oxford Living Wage as the minimum rate of pay for all city workers and ensure that it is paid to our own staff, contractors and suppliers
  • Resist the privatisation of council services and instead seek to sell Oxford’s services to other private and public sector organisations.
  • Support new housing, with a local housing company and a robust campaign for high-quality urban extensions
  • Work to make Oxford a great city for cyclists by integrating cycling infrastructure into new developments and improving the quality of cycle lanes and parking
  • Support grassroots sport, with backing for local clubs, improvements to pavilions, an outstanding new facility at Horspath Road, and affordable access to our leisure centres
  • Reduce Oxford’s carbon footprint, extend access to recycling, and clamp down on environmental crimes.

2016 City Council Manifesto Released

On Thursday May 7th, we launched our manifesto for the 2016 local elections. You can read it in full here.


Heidi Alexander MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Health, has responded to the request of the Oxford & District Labour Party to show support for junior doctors. 

This request was made at our February all members meeting, where we heard from Dr. Nadia Randazzo, a local leader in the campaign for junior doctors. After she gave an update on the current progress of the campaign, members vocally offered support and asked what the local party could do to help. Ann Black, Secretary of the Oxford & District Labour, at the request of members sent the following to Heidi Alexander's team:

Dear Heidi Alexander

The Oxford & District Labour Party met on Thursday 11 February 2016 and heard from the vice-chair of the Oxford BMA junior doctors’ committee about their ongoing dispute with the Tory government, which had failed to engage in constructive negotiations.

Members felt that although Labour's shadow health secretary said that Jeremy Hunt had taken the wrong approach to the situation, the dispute had not been raised at prime minister’s questions, and the Labour leadership seemed reluctant to take sides.  The meeting agreed unanimously to write to you both,making these points and calling on Labour to support the doctors in any further strikes.  

We would be grateful for a reply.

With best wishes

Ann Black

Secretary of the Oxford & District Labour Party

The party has received the following reply:

Dear Ann

Thank you for your recent email to Heidi Alexander MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Health, on behalf of Oxford & District Labour Party regarding the junior doctors’ contract dispute. Ms Alexander has asked me to respond on her behalf. Please accept my apologies for the delay in acknowledging your correspondence.

Since her appointment to the role of Shadow Secretary of State for Health, Ms Alexander has been contacted by hundreds of junior doctors who are concerned about the Government’s proposals to change the terms and conditions of their contracts. She believes the way in which the Government has handled the negotiations has caused unnecessary stress and anger amongst the very people who keep our NHS running.

As you may know, Ms Alexander secured (and led) an Opposition Day Debate and two Urgent Questions in the Commons on this issue, she spoke at the London rally organised by junior doctors in October, she shadowed a junior doctor during his shift at her local hospital and has conducted a significant number of media interviews.  She has also raised the issue with Jeremy Hunt at their departmental exchanges and Jeremy Corbyn has put questions directly to the Prime Minister.

More recently, she has raised concerns about the decision by the Secretary of State to impose the contract. She believes this decision is provocative and she fears imposition will further destroy morale amongst NHS staff.

If you are interested in reading more about Ms Alexander’s views and action on this issue you can see the speeches she has delivered on her website: http://www.heidialexander.org.uk/parliament.aspx

You may also find the recent blog she has written for the Huffington Post website of interest: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/heidi-alexander/jeremy-hunt-junior-doctors_b_9424772.html

Thank you for taking the time to contact us about this matter. Once again, I am sorry for the delay in responding to you.

 Kind regards

 Melanie Haslam

Office of Heidi Alexander MP

Member of Parliament for Lewisham East and Shadow Secretary of State for Health

We hope members find this information useful. These efforts can only be made with the agreement of our membership, and are usually passed at all member meetings. If you are not receiving details of all member meetings, please email info@oxfordlabour.org.uk for information on future meetings. Please note that there will be no meeting in April due to city council elections.

 

 

 

 

 

Shadow Health Team Respond to Oxford Labour Motion

Heidi Alexander MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Health, has responded to the request of the Oxford & District Labour Party to show support for junior doctors. 


Once again, junior doctors in Oxford will be partaking in strike action in response to the governments ongoing refusal to negotiate with them in good faith over new contracts. After our members expressed their desire to do whatever it takes to support junior doctors, details of industrial actions taking place in Oxford are provided below

Wednesday 9th March

8:00am - 12:00pm - Pickets - John Radcliffe Hospital. Headley Way Main entrance. Churchill: Junction of Old Road and Churchill drive. Horton: Hightown Road entrance

Contact Nadia Randazzo - nadia.randazzo@nhs.net or Will Cobb - will.cobb@doctors.org.uk

1:00pm - 3:00pm Little Life Savers: Life Support Training for the local community

East Oxford Community Centre, Princes Street, Cowley, OX4 1DD, contact:  rtsclarke@gmail.com

Thursday 10th March

8:00am - 11:30am - Pickets - John Radcliffe Hospital. Headley Way Main entrance. Churchill: Junction of Old Road and Churchill drive. Horton: Hightown Road entrance.

Contact Nadia Randazzo - nadia.randazzo@nhs.net or Will Cobb - will.cobb@doctors.org.uk

1:00pm - 3:00pm -  David Cameron's Meet the Doctors  Waterloo House 58-60 High Street, Witney OX28 6HJ

Protest outside the Prime minister's office and engage with his own constituents.  Support/ petition signing from the people he is elected to represent would be a powerful message.

Flyers, badges, petitions etc will be provided. Contact:  nadia.randazzo@nhs.net  /  will.cobb@doctors.org.uk

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

Once again, junior doctors in Oxford will be partaking in strike action in response to the governments ongoing refusal to negotiate with them in good faith over new contracts. After...


On June 23rd the British people will face a choice, whether to stay in Europe, or to leave. Oxford Labour is fighting to keep Britain in Europe. 

Are you ready to set out your stall, hand out leaflets and collect signatures for the Labour Party campaign to stay in Europe? Thanks to everyone who has already helped on a Labour-Euro Stall. It is a great way to campaign for Europe and the Labour Party.

Jonathan Harty, Oxford’s Labour organiser, and John Tanner will be pleased to provide you with the campaign materials, including leaflets, balloons, placards and sign-in sheets.  Just tell us when and where you will have your ‘Labour in for Britain’ stall. It would be good to have stalls in lots of places in and around Oxford.

Who else will speak up for a fair and socially responsible Europe if we don’t? Protect Culham Science, the BMW car plant and the Universities. Speak up for jobs, rights at work and security. This is not just a knock-about between Boris and Cameron. It matters and every vote everywhere will count.    

SATURDAY 28TH MAY- Street Stall - City CentreCornmarket, OX1 3JD

Being held from 11am to 1pm

Contact: Bob Price 01865 725218

SATURDAY 4TH JUNE - Street StallCity Centre, Cornmarket, OX1 3JD

Being held from 11am to 1pm

Contact: John Tanner 07816 837 805

SATURDAY 11TH JUNE - Street StallCity Centre, Cornmarket, OX1 3JD

Being held from 11am to 1pm

Contact: John Tanner 07816 837 805 

SATURDAY 18TH JUNE - Street Stall - City Centre, Cornmarket, OX1 3JD

Being held from 11am to 1pm

Contact: John Tanner 07816 837 805

Oxford Labour In For Britain Campaign

On June 23rd the British people will face a choice, whether to stay in Europe, or to leave. Oxford Labour is fighting to keep Britain in Europe. 

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