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

Chipping Norton Budget Protest

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

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

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

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

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

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

Labour holds council seats in Oldham and Dudley

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.

Chippy Hospital Campaign

Members of Chipping Norton Labour Party were campaigning on Saturday 11 February in defence of NHS services at Chipping Norton Community Hospital and the Horton General Hospital, Banbury.  Hundreds of residents signed the petition, which is to go to Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group.
Left to right are:- Colin Keyzor; Cllr Geoff Saul; Sharon Akers; Aaaron Miles and Sian O’Neill
Councillor Geoff Saul is pictured collecting signatures on the petition



     For further information please contact:- Cllr Geoff Saul, 01608 648022,
or Steve Akers, 07903 870695 or 01608 645692

Trump Protest in Witney

An estimated 200 people turned out on Monday 30 January in Witney’s market square to protest against Donald Trump’s order preventing travellers from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. The protest was organised at short notice by Patty Dohle, who later posted “What can I say? I’m blown away by the passion and solidarity I saw tonight! ”

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