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SUE CHRISTIE COMES SECOND PUSHING GREENS TO THIRD IN THE ADDERBURY, BLOXHAM AND BODICOTE BY-ELECTION (22/9/16)
Labour candidate Sue Christie came second behind the Tories in the Adderbury, Bloxham and Bodicote by-election and relegated the Greens into third place.
But second place represents real progress. At the all-out local election in May 2016, the Greens came second in this ward. Their highest-scoring candidate was 129 votes ahead of Sue Christie who was Labour’s highest-scoring candidate. This time, Sue beat the Green candidate by 8 votes.
So many congratulations to Sue Christie and to Anne Davis who organised the Labour campaign, and many thanks to all the Labour Party members from the Villages Branch and Banbury Town Branch who canvassed and delivered leaflets.
Hands Around the Horton – A massive show of support to retain vital services at Banbury’s hospital
Banbury Labour Councillors and supporters joined a coalition of other political parties, unions and campaign groups in a “Hands Around the Horton”, mass demonstration, on Sunday 20 August 2016, in a bid to save acute services.
In plans unveiled recently by the Hospital Trust a number of services at the Horton Hospital, Banbury, are under threat, including maternity, special care baby unit (SCBU), children’s ward, most trauma/orthopaedic work, medical services and A&E. The Trust say they are having difficult in attracting consultants to Banbury, but the strategy of concentrating specialist surgical units at the Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, at least an hour’s drive away, remains on the cards.
Banbury Labour Councillor Steve Kilsby says, “Moving maternity services to Oxford will undoubtedly lead to distress for mothers and babies, and almost certainly lead to deaths. The Trust has to think its whole strategy out again, and acknowledge the increasing health demands of Banbury and its large hinterland
I am increasingly of the opinion that OUHT see Banbury as a soft touch. What would happen if the proposals (and actions) of the Trust were visited upon Oxford itself? The middle classes would be in revolt, and the Trust would be forced to climb down. Well, today’s actions demonstrate that Banbury is not taking any nonsense about removing or diluting our services either.
Councils have been forced to implement savage cut to services. There is now nowhere to run. We lose our buses so people cannot get to their GP or hospital and the ambulance service is so stretched emergency journeys from Banbury to Oxford are in jeopardy.”
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Canal Authority has taken notice of towpath safety concerns
Residents at Chamberlain Court, opposite Castle Quay, approached their local councillor because they were worried that a serious accident might happen due to speeding cyclists along the towpath.
Labour Cllr Surinder Dhesi took up their concerns with the Canal and River Trust who have now have posted signs asking cyclists to slow down and “Share the Space’.
Chamberlain Court resident Jenny Ratcliff said, “There are often groups of young cyclists racing along the towpath and I’m worried that some of our residents if taken by surprise could be injured or end up in the canal.”
Cllr Surinder Dhesi said, “We want cyclists to enjoy the towpath but some need to be more aware of pedestrians, particularly frail ones.”
A spokesperson for the Canal Trust said, “We are holding a ‘Share the Space’ event on the towpath on the morning of Tuesday 27th September to raise awareness of our towpath code. This forms part of a National Campaign week in which we will promote cyclists slowing down and pedestrians taking care on towpaths around the county.”
Verging on the ridiculous – Councillor Andy Beere knocks heads together to kick major irritation out of the long grass
Andy Beere, Banbury Labour Councillor for Grimsbury got his dander up at last week’s council meeting about the chaotic situation where beautifully manicured grass verges, sit alongside un-mown stretches not unlike the impenetrable ‘rough’ on golf courses.
He put forward a motion, seconded by Labour Cllr Barry Richards, mandating the council to get together with Oxfordshire County Council, town councils and parishes, to sort it out once and for all. Unusually, the Labour Motion received cross-party support.
Cllr Andy Beere says, “We all as councillors have phone calls about grass verges, we all have phone calls about tree cutting, we all have phone calls about who owns what bit of land and who’s responsible for what.”
He added, “There are boundary disputes as to who cuts what, where and how. It applies in the villages, it applies in Bicester, it applies everywhere. This is what this resolution is about. We’ve just got to get on with it.”
MAKING BANBURY BETTER TOGETHER – Tell Us What You Think
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The Banbury Labour Party constituency is divided into 3 Branches:
- Banbury Town
- Bicester & District
- North Oxfordshire Villages
To work out in which Branch you live, see the constituency map.Since May 2010 your local Labour Party has been actively campaigning against the speed and scale of cuts to public services that are affecting the most vulnerable in our local communities. These include cuts to housing, transport services, policing, libraries, health and social care.The Conservative-led Coalition cuts go too far and too fast and, through increased unemployment, low paid jobs, many with zero hour contracts, there is a highly negative effect on the economy which although showing some small signs of recovery is still extremely fragile. There are almost a million young people unemployed which is a shocking statistic. As the burden on state services from cost of living crisis increases, the budget deficit becomes harder to reduce. The Banbury Labour Party is fighting for a strategy for growth, an increase in employment and better paid jobs, and reducing the deficit through this growth, rather than excessive cuts.