Banbury Constituency Labour Party


A RED WAVE IS HAPPENING …. Membership of the Banbury & Bicester Labour Party has increased by 200%  over the last year. Our Party nationally now has 540,000 members – making it by far the biggest political party in Europe. Come & join us.  Ring 01295 810813 to get the reduced rate

Our next events:

The Library, Adderbury (opposite the Church). Doors: 7pm Film: 7.30
This is an Israeli-made feature film with sub-titles. It’s based on the true story of a Palestinian 
widow who stood up against her new neighbour, the Israeli defence minister, when he moved 
into his new house opposite her lemon grove, on the green line border between Israel and the 
West Bank. 
Non-members welcome.  Cost: £5. Booking not necessary, but nice to know you’re coming. 
Email Chris Farman:

Supper Club with Special Guest Lord Alf Dubs

Alf Dubs

Saturday 11 March 

The Institute, Oxford Road, Adderbury (opposite The Red Lion Pub)

Non members very welcome!




Alf was a child of the Kinderstransport trains and previously Labour MP for Battersea.

He has taken a leading role in the House of Lords and forced the Government to help unaccompanied minors – which, unfortunately, is now under threat.

He says, “The rise of right wing movements means vulnerable children face a perilous future.”

Early birds until 28 February: £12  

From 1 March: £13.50

Includes home cooked supper

Cash bar & raffle

To reserve your place(s)  

Email Mary Evans Young:

Please give the name(s) of those you are booking for & any veggie/dietary requirements. 

Mary will then send you payment details.

Guest Speaker Keir Starmer MP at our best attended supper club – ever.

Cllr Sean Woodcock with Keir Starmer MP

Cllr Sean Woodcock with Keir Starmer MP

Keir Starmer MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, spoke at a fund raising event in Banbury on 10th February and said that the last couple of weeks have been the toughest he has ever had.

He said he had accepted the vote on the EU Referendum and so had the Labour Party, but that Parliament will still have a huge amount of control over the final deal. Issues like immigration policy and the UK’s tax status will need primary legislation.

Starmer, a former human rights’ lawyer and Director of Public prosecutions said, “That verdict [EU referendum] had been coming for years and was the result of political failures on all sides. The phrase ‘Take Back Control’ resonated with many people and we need to understand why. People are living in fragile employment situations, people can’t control rising costs, there have been massive cuts to public services and people feel they have little control of their environment. And there is the key issue of immigration – the pace of change in many communities as a result of immigration was too great and there is a profound sense that there is too much influence and wealth concentrated in the south-east.”

He said, “I’ve been around the country to talk about the effects of immigration and met many business people. When I asked them what was the biggest inhibitor to your success the vast majority said, ‘There is a skills shortage right across the UK’. That’s why Labour needs to understand and address the issues coming out of the EU Referendum result and develop an industrial strategy that addresses skills shortages and the impacts of globalisation, as well as delivering quality public services.”

He said, “We cannot afford to lose another election if we want to change society for the better. We have to promote a vision of a better future for our country and offer a Labour Party which is ambitious and radical but also has the trust of the electorate.”

Call for Oxfordshire health watchdog to take a broader view of health sector provision and consider the effects of Brexit

Cllrs Sean Woodcock and Steve Kilsby

Cllrs Sean Woodcock and Steve Kilsby

Banbury and Bicester Labour Party welcomes the decision of the Oxfordshire health watchdog (HOSC) to refer to the Secretary of State for Health, the temporary closure of the consultant-led maternity unit at the Horton Hospital.

Cllr Sean Woodcock, Leader of the Labour Group on Cherwell District Council says, In 2008, it was referred to the then Secretary of State, Labour’s Alan Johnson who made the correct decision to retain services at the Horton. We can now hope that history repeats itself and that Jeremy Hunt will make the right call for the people of Banbury and beyond.”

In addition, Banbury and Bicester Labour Party are saying that the issues of health provision need to be considered in the light of the failure of the social care sector and uncertainty in recruitment following Brexit.

In an open letter to the health watchdog (HOSC) Cllrs Sean Woodcock and Steve Kilsby, respectively leaders of the Labour Groups on the district and town councils, have written, “The demand for treatment is increasing year upon year and unprecedented cuts to the money given to councils by central government, has had the effect of virtually condemning the social care sector to failure.

The knock-on effect of this is that more and more people are turning up to NHS hospitals because of the absence of adequate social care. The measures that have been proposed for allowing increases in council tax are completely inadequate sticking plasters applied to gaping wounds, and need a major overhaul.  They are symptomatic of a government that is not leading on the issue and is instead passing the buck on to local councils.

Matters will only get worse with an anticipated £200m funding gap for Oxfordshire in 2020-21.”

The Health trust say they have struggled to recruit obstetric doctors to the Horton so Labour councillors want the watchdog to ask what representations have they made, if any, to central government regarding staffing and the importance of any post-Brexit arrangements allowing NHS providers to recruit the best staff from around the world?

Labour Leaders Woodcock and Kilsby say they are aware of the pressures that have been put on the health watchdog by increasing publicity but say, “By pushing for answers to these questions, we will ensure that the people who rely on the Horton Hospital and who care about its future are properly served.”



Speaking at the Labour Party Conference in Liverpool, Jeremy Corbyn said: “Labour is now setting out its alternative – with ten key pledges to rebuild and transform Britain.”

1. Full employment

2. A secure homes guarantee

3. Security at work

4. A strong public NHS and social care

5. A National Education service for all

6. Action on Climate Change

7. Public ownership and control of our services

8. A cut in inequality of income and wealth

9. Action to secure an equal society

10. Peace and justice at the heart of foreign policy

He said: “Those pledges, the platform on which I was re-elected leader, will now form the framework for what Labour will campaign for – and what a Labour government will do.


We in the local Labour Party want to exert a positive influence on the future of Banbury and would welcome your views.This short survey will take you less than a couple of minutes – simply PRESS the red buttonWhat matters to me

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.