Category Archives: Councillors’ Activities

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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‘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

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


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.

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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