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The sun shines on the righteous …

On Saturday (8 April) the street stalls in Chipping Norton and Witney shone in the spring sunshine.  The pictures here show Steve Akers, Cllr Eve Coles, Cllr Geoff Saul and Vivian Woodell in Chippy; Chris Johnson, Hugo Kerr and (back to camera) Owen Collins in Witney …

 

… and Cllrs Duncan Enright and Laura Price talking to potential supporters in Witney Market Square.

As always, click (or tap) on a picture to see a larger view.

Oxford Mail reports Chippy campaign

This report by William Walker appeared on the Oxford Mail website yesterday:

Campaigners were out in force at Chipping Norton yesterday campaigning for the restoration of a rubbish tip.

Councillor Geoff Saul, Labour’s candidate in the Oxfordshire County Council elections on May 4, took part in the campaign drive on Saturday across the area.

He said: “It is a scandal that Dean Pit was closed by the Conservative-controlled County Council without any replacement facility being established first.

“I am fighting for a new facility as one of my key priorities.

“In a survey of residents when I asked ‘what do you think Chippy needs most?’ 31 per cent of respondents told me Chipping Norton needed its own local refuse tip.”

NHS Cuts – Over Norton Residents’ Concern

The Chippy Labour Team were out with Cllr Geoff Saul this morning (Sunday) in Over Norton – pictured at the iconic memorial on The Green in the centre of the village.

Geoff ‎found widespread opposition to NHS cuts at the Horton and the threats to Chipping Norton Hospital.

“We also found no support for a Unitary Authority for Oxfordshire – in fact we have found no support for this on the doorstep at all since we began our campaign in January” said Cllr Saul.

Labour supporters pledged to come out and vote for Geoff on 4 May and vote for change to end the Conservative control of County Hall.

Adam Ingram in Chippy

Adam Ingram, former Labour MP for East Kilbride and Defence and NI Minister, stopped by to support Geoff Saul’s campaign in Chipping Norton on Saturday 1 April.  He’s seen here (3rd from left) with Cllr Geoff Saul and other campaigners supporting his campaign for the restoration of a tip and refuse facility in the Chipping Norton area.


Saturday’s street stall featured the Chippy Labour Spring Newsletter highlighting Geoff’s key priorities for the Chipping Norton Division, together with the results of last year’s survey asking what the most important issues were for residents – a replacement for the Dean Pit refuse tip, closed by the Tories, was top of the list.


 
Then there’s the lack of affordable housing, cuts to funding for day centres for children and the elderly, traffic problems, shortage of parking, reduced bus services – the list seems endless.  But Cllr Saul says “It doesn’t have to be like this”.

Chippy NHS Campaign Continues

Campaigners were out again today campaigning in Chipping Norton to defend the NHS and stop threatened cuts at Chipping Norton War Memorial Community Hospital and at the Horton General Hospital, Banbury.  Cllr Geoff Saul was joined by nurse Sharon Akers, UNISON Oxon Health NHS Foundation Trust Convenor‎, and Labour members and supporters to gather more signatures on the petition to Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group to:-

  • Keep open the Cotswold Maternity Unit at CN Hospital
  • Retain A&E and Obstetric Services at the Horton
  • Return the intermediate care beds at CN Hospital to the NHS

“People in Chippy and the surrounding villages are angry about the threatened cuts at their hospital, especially the option put forward by the CCG for the potential closure of the Cotswolds Maternity Unit” said Cllr Saul.  “Over 350 residents have now signed the petition I have launched to protect NHS services for Chipping Norton area”.  Sharon Akers stated, “I was delighted to lend my support to Cllr Saul today, who is the only candidate in the forthcoming County Council Election on 4 May truly standing up in defence of all NHS services and our members jobs in this area”.

Cllr Geoff Saul at Chipping Norton Hospital ‎with Sharon Akers, UNISON Oxon Health Convenor, and with Aaron Miles in front of the Action Group Banner in the town centre. Aaron has been chosen by Witney CLP as their Youth delegate to this year’s Labour Party Conference.

For further comment or interviews please contact:- Cllr Geoff Saul 01608 648022 or at ku.oc.luasyeldarbnull@sg Or Sharon Akers 07521 797785‎

 

Latest on NHS campaign

This Saturday Chipping Norton Labour Party will return their campaigning focus back onto defending local NHS services.  We support the CN Hospital Action Group.

Our three demands on the petition to Oxon CCG initiated by Cllr Geoff Saul are:-

  • Keep open the Maternity Unit at Chipping Norton Hospital
  • Retain A&E and Obstetric Services at the Horton General Hospital
  • Return the 14 Intermediate Care beds and nurses at Chipping Norton Hospital to the NHS

Cllr Geoff Saul will lead campaigners to:-

  • continue to collect signatures on the petition
  • give out the Labour Party national NHS leaflet
  • engage with residents to get them to vote for Geoff on 4 May and encourage supporters to actively join in Geoff’s campaign to Save Maternity and other services at Chipping Norton Hospital and the Horton General in Banbury.

The campaign stall will run as usual from set-up at 09.00 to 12.30 with a group photo call with Geoff and as many members and supporters as possible at 11.30 am.

We are liaising with UNISON Oxon Health Services Branch to approach their members living in the Chipping Norton and Villages Division ‎to encourage them to come and join us – some are Labour Party members or supporters who want to help Geoff in his campaign to save NHS services in the area.

Geoff will be joined by UNISON Oxon Health NHS Foundation Trust Convenor, Sharon Akers.  Sharon is a clinical nurse specialist who lives in Chipping Norton and is supporting Cllr Saul in his bid to become County Councillor for the Chipping Norton Division.

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

Fight to save Maternity Unit

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 .

 

Budget Protest in Chipping Norton

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

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