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Banbury & Bicester Labour Party launches manifesto for May local elections to change the face of Cherwell

In the run up to local elections on Thursday 3 May 2018, Banbury and Bicester Labour Party have today launched their manifesto – a series of commitments to provide decent, affordable homes, thriving towns and villages, a cleaner, greener environment and a more caring and responsible way of running the council.

Labour group leader Sean Woodcock said, “This manifesto promises real change to our area with a cast-iron commitment to protect the public purse.

The Conservatives have run Cherwell for nearly 20 years and they have no plan to solve the very real problems facing the district. Labour has here a set of practical policies that will address them.”

The Manifesto


Use it or lose it – Trial period for reinstated Grimsbury Bus Service

Hannah Banfield, Cllr Grimsbury & Castle

Local Labour councillor Hannah Banfield has just fulfilled her main election promise to get a bus service started again for Grimsbury after the B7 bus service was discontinued due to funding cuts of 49% to Oxfordshire County Council’s budget from the Conservative government.

Hannah Banfield said, “I have secured funding for a 12 week trial period starting 30th April to see if a Grimsbury bus service, the B7a, is viable, so I am urging all Grimsbury residents to play their part in securing this vital community service. Banbury Labour Party will leaflet details of the new service.

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Supper Club  

The global rise of fascism, populism, and religious extremism: how scared should we be?

7pm for 7.30pm Friday 20 April

Cornhill Centre

Castle Street, Banbury OX16 5NT

Guest Speaker Professor Roger Griffin 

Professor Roger Griffin, of Oxford Brookes University, is an acknowledged authority on fascism and, more recently, terrorism

Roger is Professor of Modern History at Oxford Brookes University and one of the world’s foremost experts on political and religious extremism

His books include The Nature of Fascism, which has become a classic, and Terrorists’ Creed: Fanatical Violence and the Human Need for Meaning  

Cost: £12 until 16 April then £13.50 including supper

Cash Bar  ~  Raffle  ~  Table Quiz

Booking essential

Contact: Anne Davis adannedavis@gmail.com /Tel: 01295 810813

Non-members very welcome



Labour calls for drinking water fountains and a campaign to reduce plastic waste

Labour councillors have called for Cherwell District Council to campaign against plastic pollution in a motion to be discussed this month.

The motion, proposed by Labour group Leader Councillor Sean Woodcock, also calls for the council to consider putting drinking water fountains in town and village centres to encourage the use of re-usable drinking water bottles.

Councillor Woodcock said “Blue Planet II brought home to the public the considerable damage caused to eco-systems and the environment by the dumping of plastic in our oceans. Even the government has taken notice with a consultation launched on how to improve recycling levels and cut waste.”

Greenpeace estimates that 12.7m tonnes of plastic end up in oceans every year. Britain accounts for 3.7m tonnes of which only 29% is recycled, despite an industry target to recycle 57% of all plastic by 2020.

Councillor Woodcock continues, “I am calling for the council to set an example by looking at its own level of plastic consumption, to build on the success of Blue Planet 2 with an effective PR campaign to inform the public and to seriously look at putting drinking fountains in our urban centres. This should cut the number of plastic bottles on our streets and in our bins.”


County Council review of Redlands day centre, is yet another threat to services for vulnerable older people

Cllr Surinder Dhesi

Redlands, a day-care facility, in Neithrop Avenue, Banbury is having its hours reviewed by Oxfordshire County Council, as part of a county-wide ‘consultation’ about how the Council charges for adult social care services, which may result in a further reduction of facilities in Cherwell for older people and people with disabilities.

Banbury Cross and Neithrop Councillor Surinder Dhesi, “The likelihood of a positive outcome of this review is minimal because the County Council is having to make further cuts in expenditure demanded by the Conservative government.

To save money last year the County Council closed Stanbridge Wellbeing Centre and offered people places in Redlands, which catered for people with disabilities. The result – a much changed and unsatisfactory experience for previous users of the Stanbridge centre, including the lack of catering facilities which meant many users are deprived of their only hot meal of the day.

When I complained about this I was told that users who wanted lunch could go to either Cropredy Lunch Club or Deddington Lunch Club, and it would cost them £49 a day!

Moving these two groups of vulnerable people into the same building at Redlands was a mistake motivated by cost cutting, not their welfare.

When we should be investing in the provision of Day Care Services for our Elderly residents to reduce loneliness and dementia and other mental health problems, and take pressure off the NHS, services across our area are being savagely cut.

Banbury and Bicester Health and Wellbeing Centres have been closed. Age UK have recently closed their remaining North Oxford Day Centres in Kidlington and Burford. This leaves Day Centres in Deddington, Cropredy, Bloxham and Banbury, the latter being the RVS at The Cornhill Centre. This centre has a maximum capacity of 21, and is full.

I am seriously concerned for my constituents and everyone else who relied on these day-care centres, which provided safe, warm and loving environments with much needed social interaction and mental stimulation.”

The County Council consultation closes on March 20th. More info on the consultation here:

https://consultations.oxfordshire.gov.uk/consult.ti/contributions/consultation-home


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.