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Labour calls on Prentis to “Hold the Prime Minister to ransom to save the Horton”

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Labour’s leader on Cherwell District Council Sean Woodcock has called on Victoria Prentis to “hold the government to ransom” in order to save services at the Horton Hospital.

Councillor Woodcock, who was the Labour candidate in the recent general election as well as in 2015, said “In her victory speech just two weeks ago; Victoria Prentis said that she wanted to work with Labour in order to protect services at the Horton. Well I am asking her to listen to Labour now and hold her government to ransom if necessary in order to protect the services there.”

Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG) held a meeting this week to discuss the first phase of the consultation, which ran earlier this year and included issues such as Maternity services. The OCCG board are set to make a final decision on the 10 August.

He continued, “Victoria is right to raise concerns about the process and findings of the consultation run by the OCCG. Yet behind this consultation is the Sustainability & Transformation Plan (STP). And the primary driver for the STP is under-funding of health and social care in the face of increased demand.

Since being elected two years ago Victoria has supported Conservative budgets which have implemented cuts in these areas, voted consistently against motions to give more money to the NHS and social care and voted against the STPs being open to greater public consultation.

We now have a hung parliament and a weak Prime Minister scrabbling around to do a deal with the Democratic Unionists. So Victoria has potentially more influence than any Banbury MP for a number of decades. She must be very clear that her support for the government, and her vote, is conditional on retaining key services like maternity, at the Horton Hospital.”


The Labour Party’s new media star charms us all at Supper Club

(Friday 16 June 2017)

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Sean Woodcock and Barry Gardiner MP

 

Last week, the Banbury and Bicester Labour Party Supper Club hosted Barry Gardiner, who is MP for Brent North, and Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade. Labour’s parliamentary candidate, Councillor Sean Woodcock, welcomed him to Banbury.

Barry said, “When Tories are back in government we will harry them, table different amendments, and seek to undo that unwilling coalition within the Tory party.”

Barry has gained prominence from his many television appearances during the recent General Election campaign. The New Statesman said recently, ‘His fiery media interviews have made him the unlikely star of Labour’s campaign” and quoted Barry as saying, “I am absolutely cool with the media being tough. But if they’re gonna get tough with me, then they shouldn’t expect me to just roll over and have my tummy tickled.”

Reflections on the General Election result

He said this was a most extraordinary election, in which the party emerging with the most seats feels it has lost and the party with fewer seats felt they have won.

When asked the reasons for the surge in the Labour vote, he said, “It was the arrogance of the Tories and their assumptions that they could walk straight back into Downing Street and that the electorate had nowhere to go except to vote for ‘me’ (Theresa May). None of us like being taken for granted.

But the turning point was our manifesto – in my 41 years as a Labour member I have never seen one like it. And it was Jeremy Corbyn’s campaigning. In my constituency of Brent North, which is a mixed community with people on low incomes and half of my constituents are immigrants or refugees, people are coming up to me saying they are praying for Jeremy to be Prime Minister. They trust his integrity; they trust him and they believe he will deliver on his promises.

Barry said, “Whenever Labour MP’s were interviewed on television they were strongly challenged over the manifesto, but because we had costed every single promise we were able to defend them.”

“A good example” he said, “is free tuition fees, which Labour has costed at £13.2 billion per annum. We want young people to have a good start in life but the U.K.’s low corporation tax means that multinational companies are sitting on huge cash piles and paying out dividends to shareholders, with no investment in apprentiships or training. We know and understand that if we don’t support disaffected young people we are storing up problems for the future.

“The British economy and jobs are our top priority”

On Brexit he said, “As a party we didn’t support Brexit but accept the result. Brexit was all about political objectives – to be out of the European Court of Human Rights, to regain our sovereignty and to control immigration – we are now paying the price of these political objectives.

The EU’s four freedoms go – the free movement of goods, capital, services and labour, but equally so do the benefits. Right-wing Tories want deregulation; we want environmental protections, social protections and workers’ protections.

We must complete Brexit negotiations before the 2 years are up otherwise we will be ejected from EU. Because the EU wants to stay united they can’t give us a better deal outside than we had inside, so we have to minimise economic damage. The British economy and jobs are our top priority, not based on a first principal of controlling immigration, and we want a reformed relationship with EU. But everything else is secondary to capturing most of the benefits we have now.

The tone has to change in our negotiations with Europe and the Labour Party will communicate to the country, a positive agenda to grow our economy and boost jobs for all.”

Sean Woodcock said, “Barry was one of the stars of the election campaign for Labour and it was great to have him here to rally us for any potential future election.

He made it clear that the Tories are on the back foot having been shown as arrogant and out-of-touch. Banbury & Bicester Labour are ready for the next encounter.”


VICTORIA PRENTIS HOLDS BANBURY BUT SEAN WOODCOCK INCREASES HIS VOTE BY 8,635 – AN INCREASE OF 12.8%.

OUR SHARE OF THE VOTE INCREASED FROM 21.3% TO 34.1%.

 

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Votes cast were;
Dickie Bird UKip – 1581
Roseanne Edwards – independent – 927
John Howson – Lib Dem – 3452
Ian Middleton – Green – 1225
Victoria Prentis – Conservative – 33,388
Sean Woodcock – Labour – 20,989

Turnout 73.5%

A message from Sean:

“I am obviously disappointed not to win, but this was still a very good result for us. 8,000 more votes, our highest vote share since 2001 and Victoria Prentis’ majority cut by 6,000.

Nationally we didn’t win a majority to form a government and so this cannot be considered a victory. But what we have seen is an utter rejection of Theresa May and the Conservatives. This is particularly obvious among young people who were clearly motivated by Brexit and inspired by Jeremy Corbyn to vote in numbers that have not been seen before.

I am grateful to everyone who helped in my campaign and for all the wonderful messages of support I have received.”

Sean Woodcock

Turnout 73.5%

BANBURY CONSTITUENCY 2015 General Election Results

 

Candidate Party Votes
Dickie Bird UKIP 8,050
Roseanne Edwards National Health Action Party 729
John Howson Liberal Democrats 3,440
Ian Middleton Green 2,686
Victoria Prentis Conservative 30,749
Sean Woodcock Labour 12,354

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.