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Laetisia Carter To Fight Witney Seat

Chippy’s very own Laetisia Carter has been chosen as the Labour Party candidate for the Witney Constituency in the General Election on 8 June.

Laetisia is a West Oxfordshire District Councillor for Chipping Norton and is Deputy Leader of the Labour Group on WODC.

She was the Labour ‎candidate for the Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner, where she won plaudits from many, including her Conservative opponent, for the vibrancy and professionalism of her campaign.

“I am thrilled to have been selecte‎d as Labour’s candidate” said Cllr Carter, “it would be a huge privilege to represent the people of West Oxfordshire at a national level.  I was born, raised and educated in West Oxon and love this area.”

“I will be a prominent, energetic MP and ensure a strong voice for West Oxfordshire. As a mother of two young children I feel I understand the struggles that local families face” she said.  “The Lib Dem and Conservative coalition did great damage.  Under this Government it is getting worse.  Labour has costed plans to invest in the skils, health and future of everyone – for the many, not the few.”

Laetisia’s campaign has got off to a flying start and she will be out campaigning this Saturday in the centre of Chipping Norton and Witney.  She will be at a group photocall at 10am this Saturday in Chipping Norton at the Labour Campaign Stall before heading off to join supporters in Witney.

Laetisia is a seasoned campaigner who has fought against the cuts to public services, especially the NHS and our Children’s Centres.  She has thirteen years of public service experience, having worked in both the NHS and for Thames Valley Police.

For further comment or interviews please contact:  Cllr Laetisia Carter on 07809 876686 or Merilyn Davies, Witney CLP Press Officer, on 07966 796178 or Steve Akers, CNLP Campaigns & Media, on 07903 870695

Laura’s Convincing Win

Congratulations once again to Cllr Laura Price, who held her County Council seat for Witney South and Central with 46% of the vote, compared with 41% for the Conservative candidate.  The remaining 13% of the vote was shared between the Green Party and the Lib Dems. A boost was given to Laura’s campaign by the visit to Witney of Jeremy Corbyn, who tweeted:

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Chippy County Council Election Result

“Whilst we are disappointed not to have won, this is a very creditable result for Labour in the Chipping Norton Division” said Steve Akers, Vice-Chair of CNLP and campaign co-ordinator for the Labour & Co-operative candidate Cllr Geoff Saul, ‎ “we came a strong second and have cut the Tory majority by over 130 votes to just 404 compared to the result in May 2013.  We are now very well placed to increase our vote share in the future and we believe this is a seat which we really can win – whenever the next County election is called.”
“We have also firmly seen off a Lib Dem ch‎allenge which was purely based on the Witney Constituency result in October 2016 in the by-election forced by David Cameron’s resignation.  They have no elected representatives or presence in Chipping Norton and came a poor third, well behind Labour and the Conservatives”.  He added,  “Cllr Saul is an extremely hard working Councillor  and advocate for Chipping Norton within West Oxfordshire and beyond.  He has increased his vote share in every election he has contested in Chipping Norton.  He fought a very positive campaign on the issues that matter for residents in Chipping Norton and the surrounding villages.  We thank everyone who has given their support to Geoff and voted for him yesterday”
The Labour Vote went up by ‎320 from 911 in 2013, to 1,231 on 4 May 2017.  Labour was second with 1,231.
The Chipping Norton Division covers Chipping Norton, Chastleton, Cornwell, Enstone, Heythrop, Kingham, Gagingwell, Lidstone, Over Norton, The Rollrights, Salford, Swerford, and The Tews.  It had formerly been a County Council seat held by Labour before boundary changes, which led to surrounding villages and hamlets, and the market town of Chipping Norton, which has a strong Labour and Co-opertive tradition, becoming the Chipping Norton Division County Council seat.
For further information please contact: Geoff Saul 01608 648022 or at ku.oc.luasyeldarbnull@sg or Steve Akers, Vice Chair CNLP on 07903 870695

‘Baldrick’ in Chippy

Sir Tony Robinson, aka “Baldrick” of Blackadder fame, and a strong Labour supporter, dropped by to support Chipping Norton Labour’s Geoff Saul yesterday in his election campaign bid to become County Councillor for the Chipping Norton Division on 4 May.

Sir Tony was in Chippy as part of the Chipping Norton Literature Festival to promote his new book “No cunning plan”.  “I was absolutely delighted to receive Sir Tony’s support” said Cllr Saul, “he gave our campaigning today a real boost!”

Sir Tony lent his support as part of a “Super Sunday” of campaigning in Chipping Norton with support for Cllr Saul from the the Leader of Oxford City Council, Cllr Bob Price’ and a large delegation of enthusiastic volunteers from Oxford District Labour Party.  This included a talk over lunch on mutual support and in campaigning in Oxford East, Witney and West Midland “battle ground” seats during the General Election campaign.

The day was rounded off by a talk entitled “Rebels and Martyrs” on the Ascot Martyrs, the Bliss Mill Strike and the founding of The Chipping Norton Branch of the Labour Party in 1920, and a visit to Chipping Norton’s excellent museum to view photographs and newspaper articles covering these significant events in the history of the labour movement in Oxfordshire.


For further information please contact:- Geoff Saul 01608 648022 or at ku.oc.luasyeldarbnull@sg or Steve Akers, Vice Chair CNLP on 07903 870695

Elsa for Eynsham

County Council candidate Elsa Dawson held a street stall in Eynsham Market Square on Saturday (April 29th)


She’s seen here with her daughter Elisa and some of her supporters. Thanks to Geoff Webster for the photo.
And here are two representatives of the next generation – Erin and Leo, in the arms of their parents, Robin and Anna.


More affordable homes needed

Chipping Norton District Councillor Geoff Saul has called for more truly affordable homes for local young people and key workers in Chipping Norton, Enstone, Kingham, The Rollrights, The Tews and other villages in the Chipping Norton area.

“Young people are struggling to get on the housing ladder due to affordability and the need to save for large deposits” said Cllr Saul, “I will be campaigning on this issue with supporters in the heart of Chipping Norton today”.

“More truly affordable homes are needed.  That’s why I am calling for homes in Chipping Norton to be built on Oxfordshire County Council owned land specifically for local ‎young people and key workers”

In a survey conducted by Cllr Saul of “What do you think Chippy needs most?” he found that this was a key‎ concern of local residents.

There is an acute shortage of affordable rented family accommodation for young families in Chipping Norton and all of the surrounding villages.

Cllr Saul speaks for housing and planning issues for West Oxfordshire’s Labour Group.  He is seen here campaigning in the Chipping Norton Market Place today (15 April) flanked by, from left to right, Steve Akers, Siân O’Neill, Sharon Akers, John Gittings ‎and Sue Richards.

For further comment or interviews please contact:- Cllr Geoff Saul 01608 648022 or at ku.oc.luasyeldarbnull@sg or Steve Akers, CNLP Campaigns and Media on 07903 870695