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
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:
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) May 4, 2017
For a larger view of this picture, go to the Local Elections page.
County Council candidate Elsa Dawson held a street stall in Eynsham Market Square on Saturday (April 29th)
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.
“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.
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”
Labour held the two seats it was defending in yesterday’s council by-elections. In Failsworth East, Oldham, in spite of a 7.3 point drop, their share of the vote was 58.4 per cent. The Conservatives came second with 25.4 per cent, and UKIP third with 11.7 per cent. In St Thomas’s, Dudley, Labour held the seat with a slight increase of 3.4 points, to 60.8 per cent of the vote. UKIP came a distant second with 26.7 per cent, and the Tories third with 10.3 per cent.
To see the full results in all six wards being contested go to the LabourList website.
From Chris Johnson, Chair of Witney CLP
I’m sure that amongst local members and supporters as in the party nationally there will be a range of feelings and reactions to the election of Jeremy Corbyn as our leader. Some will be enthused by the prospect of a more radical agenda for the party to pursue and put to the public, others out of sympathy with the apparent agenda, and some fearful of the effect of a shift to the left on the party’s ability to win elections – and all of us know the onslaught the overwhelmingly Tory supporting press is going to unleash. I want to argue that none of us should leap to early judgements.
I have said at previous meetings that Jeremy Corbyn’s policy positions are not extreme, but represent elements of mainstream thinking in this country. His alternative approach to reducing the deficit has support from many professional economists; his aim of encouraging British companies to focus more on the long term and less on immediate profit margins is widely shared (see much of Will Hutton’s recent output). Tackling inequality is surely common ground for us all (and even the governor of the Bank of England and the head of the IMF agree that current levels in this country are damaging and unsustainable). And bringing the railways and energy companies into some form of public ownership have wide support. There is of course room for debate about how these things can be best achieved – and I’m sure we will be having that debate, vigorously, over the coming months.
I am determined that the party locally will continue to welcome all strands of opinion within the party, and will encourage debate which is lively, and respectful of different viewpoints. Only by working together can we have any chance of limiting the damage this Conservative government is doing to our country.
If you have joined recently, whether as a member, affiliate or registered supporter – I very much hope you will stay with us, and work together on our campaigns, locally and nationally.
With all good wishes,
PS: this blog from Duncan Enright on the new leadership is well worth a read: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/duncan-enright/jeremy-corbyn_b_8127606.html
And if you haven’t already seen it, Jeremy Corbyn has set out his approach in an article in the Observer: