Tony Davis

Fight to save Maternity Unit

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Mar 212017

The campaign to save the Cotswold Maternity Unit and other local NHS services has received prominent coverage in the Cotswold Journal.

Front page of the Cotswold Journal, Thursday March 9 2017

In the picture above right, Cllr Saul is seen talking to local residents, with (left to right) Andrew Hornung, Cllr Eve Coles and Sarah Church.

Here’s a quote from the article:

Long standing Chipping Norton town councillor Eve Coles and West Oxon district councillor Geoff Saul were joined by Labour Party members from Chipping Norton, Church Enstone and Shrivenham to campaign against health cuts in the area.

Cllr Saul said: “Residents particularly do not want to lose the maternity unit as the town has a long tradition of having a maternity unit in the town, to lose it would be a great shame.  It is an exceptionally well run unit.”

You can read the full piece on the Cotswold Journal website .


Witney Street Stall

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Mar 192017

While Geoff Saul was leading the budget protest in Chippy, Laura Price was continuing to campaign to save the NHS at a street stall in Witney Market Square.  At the County Council elections on May 4th Laura will be defending her seat as the representative of Witney South and Central division, a position she’s held for the last four years.

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Budget Protest in Chipping Norton

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Mar 182017
Campaigners continued their protests against the Tories’ disastrous Spring Budget in Chipping Norton Market Place on Saturday 18 March, headed by Cllr Geoff Saul, who is standing for Labour in the Chipping Norton and Villages Division in the County Council Elections on 4 May.  The campaign was covered by the Oxford Mail in an article which you can read here.

Steve Akers and residents Mr and Mrs Keyzor with Cllr Geoff Saul

Labour Town Cllr David Heyes; Cllr Geoff Saul; Aaron Miles; Colin Keyzor and Steve Akers







Cllr Geoff Saul with Aaron Miles and Rebecca Nelder signing the Labour Party national petition backing Labour’s plan for a Fair Economy

Steve Akers; Cllr Laetisia Carter; Cllr Geoff Saul; Aaron Miles; Rebecca Nelder








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

Labour In(n) Salford

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Mar 132017

Labour District Councillor Geoff Saul, raising a glass to the success of the refurbished and re-opened Salford Inn, near Chipping Norton on Saturday afternoon, 11 March.  Geoff enjoyed a pint with Labour supporters (and canine friend) at the Inn after touring the village and speaking with residents.  “The biggest concerns we found on the doorstep were over local NHS services – both the downgrading of services at the Horton General Hospital in Banbury, and the loss of beds and nurses from the NHS at Chipping Norton War Memorial Community Hospital”, said Cllr Saul “this a big concern in this very rural community, which is a long way from services in Oxford.  We also found no one in favour of a Unitary Authority for Oxfordshire.  Everyone we spoke to wanted to stay in and retain a West Oxon Council area with its own identity”.

Cllr Saul was on a tour of the village to listen to residents’ issues and concerns in the run-up to this year’s County Council elections on 4 May.  “Residents, especially our supporters, were pleased to see us”, Cllr Saul added.  “People told us that no one from any political party had knocked their doors for at least 12 years!”.  Salford is 1.5 miles (2.4 km) west of Chipping Norton, one of the highest and furthest points in NW Oxfordshire near the Gloucestershire border.  It is 23 miles from the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

Pictured L-R are John Gittings, Sharon Akers, Cllr Geoff Saul and Mike Cahill (CNLP Branch Secretary).

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

Chipping Norton Budget Protest

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Mar 112017

Labour members and supporters from Over Norton, Shipton Under Wychwood, Ascot Under Wychwood, Little Tew and Chipping Norton joined Cllr Geoff Saul today in Chipping Norton Market Square to protest against there being no new money to address the national crisis in the NHS.  “Six million people earn less than the living wage and four million children are in poverty.  Labour will deliver a fair tax system, making the richest in society and global business pay their fair share” said Cllr Saul.  “The NHS and social care will be given the real level of funding needed”.  Shoppers signed up to Labour’s plan for an economy that’s fair for everyone at  ‎ Pictured L-R are:- Steve Akers, Sian O’Neill, Cllr Geoff Saul, Sue Richards, Sarah Poynting, and John Gittings.

For further information, comment or interviews, please contact Geoff Saul (w) 01608 648022 or ku.oc.luasyeldarbnull@sg or Steve Akers 07903 870695.

Labour in the Community

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Mar 092017

Trevor License, the Labour candidate for Witney North and East in the County Council elections on May 4th, has been busy giving practical help where it’s needed.

Here he is:

  • at Broadhill Preschool, where he helped to clear the site of debris left behind by a builder;
  • cutting back trees and bushes following complaints that the job hadn’t been done by the council;
  • and preparing for a “secret Santa” run with just some of the masses of presents donated via social media following an appeal set up by Cllr Laura Price and Trevor to help struggling families.

And of course Trevor was at the Trump protest in Witney on January 30th, organised by member Patty Dohle.

“Always ready to help out and get involved in both local and national issues”

More Demo Pictures

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Mar 052017

Judith Wardle posted from Parliament Square yesterday: “And some more photos from Witney CLP supporting the NHS demo today: our banner taking over the sky and also just some of the huge crowd that came together from different organisations but all focused today on trying to save the NHS.”

And Luci Ashbourne posted no less than 21 pictures to Facebook: “Proudly representing Witney Labour today at the NHS march alongside 250,000 likeminded people.”  A few of her photos are shown below – visit her Facebook page to see the rest.


Parliament Square Demo

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Mar 052017

Members of Witney and Chipping Norton Labour Party Branches joined the thousands of NHS staff, campaigners and Trades Unionists in London today at the Health Campaigns Together march and rally in defence of the NHS.

“We took a clear message to Westminster today” said Steve Akers, Vice Chair of CNLP, “no cuts – no closures – no privatisation‎.  NHS and Social Care are in crisis as a result of years of underfunding by coalition and Conservative Governments.  The Labour Party will be calling on the Chancellor to make an emergency cash injection for NHS and Social Care in the forthcoming Budget to address this crisis made in Downing Street”

CNLP is campaigning in Chipping Norton and villages with a petition against the downgrading of services at the Horton General Hospital in Banbury and any threatened loss of maternity or other services at Chipping Norton Community Hospital.Click/tap for larger image

Members are pictured with the Witney CLP banner in Parliament Square at the Rally having just listened to Leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn and Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell.

For further information, please contact – Steve Akers, Vice-Chair CNLP on 07903 870695 or 01608 645692

NHS Campaigns in Chippy and Witney

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Feb 252017

Chipping Norton Labour Councillors and members were out petitioning again today ‎in Chipping Norton in defence of NHS services at Chipping Norton Community Hospital and the Horton General Hospital, Banbury.  Long standing Town Councillor Eve Coles and West Oxon District Councillor Geoff Saul were joined by Labour Party members from Chipping Norton, Church Enstone and Shrivenham.Click for larger view  Over 250 people have now signed the petition to Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group.  “We had very strong backing from the public today” said Cllr Geoff Saul, “Chippy residents are totally opposed to the loss of any further NHS services from our town, as is threatened in the consultation documents from the CCG.  There was especially strong support for keeping the Cotswold Maternity Unit at Chipping Norton Hospital”.

Pictured from L to R are:- Chipping Norton residents talking with Cllr Saul after signing the petition; Cllr Geoff Saul; Andrew Hornung; Sarah Church and Cllr Eve Coles (under gazebo).

For further information please contact:- Geoff Saul on (home) 01608 646621; (work) 01608 648022; or at ku.oc.luasyeldarbnull@sg

There was a Labour Party presence in Witney, too, where CLP Chair Chris Johnson headed a team holding a “Save Our NHS” street stall in the market square.  In the pictures below he’s joined by Trevor License (candidate for Witney North and East in the coming County Council elections) and long-time member and former District Councillor Richard Kelsall.

Campaigning in Stoke Central

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Feb 172017
Chipping Norton Labour Party Vice-Chair Steve Akers and members Sue Richards and Aaron Miles were in Stoke On Trent Central today joining hundreds of volunteers from all over the country to support Labour candidate Gareth Snell.
They are pictured at the LP Campaign HQ in Hanley with Mr Snell, and with Labour’s Shadow Minister for Defence and Foreign Affairs, Fabian Hamilton MP (Leeds North East), before heading out to talk to voters.



Steve Akers said, “We were proud to be in Stoke today supporting Gareth’s bid to become the next MP for this City with its fantastic industrial and cultural heritage.  On the doorstep we found Labour’s passionate defence of the NHS, and our call for urgent investment to end the current crisis in the health and social care system, to be cutting through with undecided voters”.
For more information contact Steve Akers on 07903 870695 or 01608 645692