Banbury Constituency Labour Party


Meet our Banbury candidates for the 4th May Local elections

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Left to right: Joseph Walsh (Banbury Calthorpe), Hannah Banfield (Grimsbury & Castle), Sue Christie (Bloxham and Easington), Surinder Dhesi (Banbury Hardwick), Mark Cherry (Banbury Ruscote)

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Banbury Labour Party given boost in its Horton campaign by former Health Minister

l. to r. Joseph Walsh, Phil Richards, Cllr Sean Woodcock, Roger Shapley

Banbury Labour Party activists took to Banbury market place on Saturday (25 March) to talk to local shoppers about the threat to the Horton Hospital and issues affecting the NHS, and were given support from former Health Secretary Alan Johnson MP.

Councillor Sean Woodcock, says, “It was in 2008 when Alan Johnson MP, Labour Secretary of State for Health, referred the threat to the Horton to the Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP), and today we are still having to fight the same battles.”

Johnson said in a letter to Councillor Woodcock, “As Health Secretary on the last occasion when an attempt was made to downgrade maternity services at Horton, I referred the issue to the IRP which was clinically led and whose report recommended that the Horton General Hospital must continue to serve the local community in North Oxfordshire, and that the local Trust’s proposals failed to provide an accessible or improved service for local people.

He continued, “Far from closing down or downgrading any of these services, I supported the IRP’s recommendation that the then Primary Care Trust (work now delivered by the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group) and the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals Trust (now Oxford University Hospitals Trust) carry out further work to set out the arrangements necessary to retain and develop them.”

Joseph Walsh, Labour’s county council candidate for Calthorpe in the May elections, said of the day of action, “Many people we spoke to were not only concerned about the future of the Horton but of the NHS in general and were supportive of our campaigning. Continued cuts to the NHS and Social Care are having a deep impact on the lives of ordinary Banbury people.”


Candidate Joseph Walsh

Candidate Joseph Walsh

He continued, “Yes there is more money going in to the NHS but it is not keeping pace with demand and most of that extra money is going into acute hospital care and not into primary care or into the social care sector. This means people turning up to A&E because of the failure of social care provision, or because they cannot get a GP appointment or there are no out-of-hours services.

Social Care is now a failed sector and bed blocking is the result, putting even more pressure on hospitals. A report this year by BBC’s Panorama found that Ninety-five UK councils have had home care contracts cancelled by private companies struggling to deliver services on the funding offered”

Former GP Roger Shapley (pictured above) said, “Transferring acute care to Oxford and using the Horton as a diagnostic centre assumes Primary Care, Community  and Social Services can pick up the pieces. How that will happen is not stated or costed and it doesn’t figure in the Consultation either.”




London March Against NHS cuts (Saturday 4 March 2017)

Barry & Mark NHS Lodon Demo 2017

Councillors Barry Richards (second left) and Mark Cherry (right), join 250,000 people marching against the Tories’ war of attrition on the NHS. Barry said, “It was clear on the march that the Horton is one of many hospitals facing closure and or cuts in vital services. This is why the demonstration was necessary. Our NHS is under threat and we need the government to invest in this vital service and back away from its plans to cut more than 20 billion pounds.”

Both proud to actively support the Save the Horton campaign and take part in the national campaign.

Banbury Councillor wants action on new link road


Congratulations to Mark – his motion was agreed unanimously in full council on 21 March 2017. It means that the proposed link road, now referred to as Banbury Southern Link Road, will be prioritised for consideration in the Banbury Area Strategy LTP4.


Cllr Mark Cherry on Bankside

Cllr Mark Cherry on Bankside

Banbury Councillor Mark Cherry says it’s time for the County Council to relieve Banbury’s increasingly serious traffic congestion and move ahead quickly with a proposed new link road connecting Bankside to Overthorpe Road, to the east of junction 11 of the M40.

Mark Cherry has tabled a motion to the next full meeting of Oxfordshire County Council (21 March 2017) seeking urgent consideration of the Bankside link road.

The need for a link road has been identified in the consultation document, ‘Banbury Vision and Masterplan’ and in the County Council’s Transport Infrastructure Plan. Another option was a bridge across the railway near Banbury station connecting Tramway Road and Higham Way, but this has been discounted because of cost and other issues.

Mark Cherry says, “This link road is needed urgently if the town is to avoid total gridlock on its roads. Oxfordshire is a net contributor to the National Economy and the North of the county continues to grow with the construction of HS2, new businesses moving into the area and the construction of at least 8000 new homes.

This issue has been talked about for over 30 years and it is now time for action.

Even if the plan get’s the green light it will need a feasibility study and public consultation which could take years, and at the moment we have a window of opportunity before available land get’s developed – Banbury can’t wait much longer.”

If you were unlucky to have missed out on Alf Dubs, we have another very interesting speaker in June:

Barry Gardiner MP

Barry Gardiner MP

Supper Club on Friday June 16Barry Gardiner MP for Brent North and Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Climate Change)

Advanced bookings only. Early Bird £12 until 31 May, thereafter £13.50.

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.


The Tory government is taking Britain backwards and failing to meet the challenges of our time. These ten pledges set out the framework for what Labour will campaign for – and what a Labour government will do.


1. Full employment

2. A secure homes guarantee

3. Security at work

4. A secure NHS and social care

5. A National Education service

6. Action to secure our environment

7. Put the public back into our economy

8. Cut inequality in income and wealth

9. Action to secure an equal society

10. Peace and justice at the heart of foreign policy


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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.