Brexit can still be overturned - this is your chance

President of the European Parliament says Britain would be welcomed back if voters changed their minds about Brexit on 8 June

 

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An even better Oxfordshire with the Liberal Democrats

The Oxfordshire County Council elections are on 4 May 2017. Your vote could make all the difference to the lives of people in Oxfordshire, so make sure you vote in the most critical local elections in a generation. 

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Liberal Democrat win in West Oxfordshire

Stunning victory in West Oxfordshire District Council by-election

Kieren Mullins, who joined the Liberal Democrats only last year, has overturned a massive Conservative majority to become a new district councillor in the West Oxfordshire seat for Hailey, Minster Lovell & Leafield.

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Paddy Ashdown: Royal Marines cuts are playing fast and loose with the nation's defences

Commenting on the news the Royal Marines are going to be cut by 200 posts, ex-Royal Marine and former Liberal Democrat Leader Paddy Ashdown commented:

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Biggest rise in food prices from Brexit squeeze

Food prices saw the biggest increase for three years in the year to March, figures from the Office for National Statistics have revealed.

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Oxfordshire Liberal Democrats Grab the Headlines

Risky it may be, but at least it is not lacking in ambition. When some of Oxford's roads - as well as those across the county - are in such a poor state, creative solutions are needed. 

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Senior Labour councillor attacks rough sleepers

I would like to go up to some of these rough sleepers and
say ‘you are a disgrace’  - Labour's John Tanner

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Air quality in Marcham - can you help?

Could you support us in addressing dangerously high levels of air pollution in Marcham? 
District Councillor Catherine Webber and County Councillor Richard Webber need your help to conduct an air quality survey this spring. 

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Vale Liberal Democrats Support Unitary Authority

The Liberal Democrat group at the Vale of White Horse District Council fully support the proposal for a new, county-wide unitary authority for Oxfordshire.

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Vale LibDem Budget Proposals

As the Vale of White Horse District Council decides on its budget for 2017/18, the Vale Liberal Democrats have identified three priorities for the coming financial year that need to be addressed: air quality; children‘s centres; and community leisure provision in Botley. 

 

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Massive swing to the Liberal Democrats in Kidlington

In yesterday’s Kidlington Exeter by-election, Liberal Democrat candidate Alaric Rose saw a huge increase in support.

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Oxfordshire MPs ignore voters on Article 50

Despite Oxfordshire overwhelmingly voting to Remain in the European Union, its MPs have all voted to begin leaving the European Union within three months.

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Didcot Garden Town consultation closes on 18 December

Didcot Liberal Democrats are urging local residents to give their comments to the initial consultation on the Didcot Garden Town before the deadline of SUNDAY 18 DECEMBER 2016.

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Richmond Park: Listen to Sarah Olney's acceptance speech

Speaking at the count following her shock victory in the Richmond Park by-election, newly elected MP Sarah Olney said: 

"Let me start by thanking the other candidates for a hard-fought campaign – and to Zac Goldsmith in particular, I wish you well and assure you that I will continue your fight against the expansion of Heathrow.
 
"I also would like to thank the returning officer, the staff that have worked so hard today and yesterday and of course the police. I want to thank my amazing campaign team led by James Lillis and the thousands of volunteers who have taken time to support me over the course of the campaign. I want to thank my family and friends for the wonderful support they’ve given me – particularly my husband Ben and our children. I want to thank our leader Tim Farron, and all the other party members who could not have been more supportive. And I'd like to thank the Greens, More United, the Women's Equality Party and all the other people beyond the Lib Dems who have supported me in this campaign.
 
"A year and a half ago, I wasn’t involved in politics. I wasn’t a member of a political party. I’d never been involved in a political campaign. I’d never thought about being a politician. But I knew I was a Liberal – I believed in openness, tolerance, compassion, working with our neighbours at home and around the world – and when I saw what happened at the General Election and I felt I had to get involved.
 
"I think a lot of people in this community had the same feeling this summer. Richmond Park is full of people like me who felt that something was going wrong. That the politics of anger and division were on the rise. That the liberal, tolerant values we took for granted were under threat. We were seeing the UKIP vision for Britain in the ascendancy – intolerant, backward-looking, divisive; just as we see it in America and across Europe.
 
"Well today we have said no. We will defend the Britain we love. We will stand up for the open, tolerant, united Britain that we believe in. The people of Richmond Park and North Kingston have sent a shockwave through this Conservative Brexit Government. And our message is clear: we do not want a ‘hard Brexit’; we do not want to be pulled out of the Single Market; and we will not let intolerance, division and fear win."

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Amazing by-election victory in Richmond Park

Building on the success of our campaign in Witney, where Liz Leffman moved from fourth place to second place on a 19% swing in the vote to the Liberal Democrats, we achieved an even more impressive 22% swing to win Richmond Park in a surprise by-election upset. 

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Lib Dem campaigners win campaign to abolish rental fees

Lib Dem pressure to help renters afford a home and reduce upfront costs has been successful and the Government has announced a ban on letting fees for tenants in the Autumn Statement.

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A £220 billion Brexit black hole

This is a Government that is just about managing. The official figures have revealed a £220 billion Brexit black hole- hundreds of billions taken out of our economy when we need it most.   Given how bad the outlook is, it’s no wonder the Chancellor doesn’t want to have to do another Autumn Statement.

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Our Article 50 red lines

Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats, says that the Liberal Democrats will vote against Article 50 unless the British people are given a vote on the final Brexit deal.

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Proposed Housing North of Abingdon: Infrastructure must come first

Throughout the Examination in Public of the Vale Local Plan, local Liberal Democrats fought alongside community groups to protect the Oxford green belt. 

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The Witney by-election: everything you need to know

Last night saw the results of the Witney by-election - we started the campaign in 4th place as 50/1 outsiders and thanks to the relentless, positive campaign we ran, dented the Conservative majority and secured one of our best by-election results in decades. This is what you need to know:

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Vote for Liz Leffman today

Today's the day! Polls are open from 7am until 10pm (check where yours is here) - and this is your chance to elect a strong, local MP who will get things done for our area.

Here's a few more reasons to vote for Liz today:

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BREAKING: Council decision on massive West Oxfordshire development...

‘WE WON’T TELL YOU UNTIL AFTER THE ELECTION’ SAY CONSERVATIVES

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You don't have to be an Olympian to beat buses in West Oxfordshire

Liz Leffman was joined by former Olympic athlete and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ming Campbell to highlight the damaging effects of cuts to local bus services by the Consevative Council.

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European Movement endorses Liz in Witney

This is the most important by-election in my lifetime.

If people get behind the Liberal Democrats in Witney, it will send a very powerful message to the Prime Minister that West Oxfordshire will not stand for her yanking Britain out of the Single Market. That would endanger local jobs and be a quite extraordinary act of economic self-harm.

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First time voter? Here's what you need to know:

If you're voting for the first time, this is what you need to know:

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Remain voters should back Liz

This by-election can’t change the Government. But you can use it to make them listen - and change their plans.

Three reasons why Liz is the best option to hold the Government to account on Brexit:

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Why Labour supporters should vote for Liz this time

It's becoming clearer and clearer that only the Lib Dems can beat the Tories in West Oxfordshire - some bookmakers even put Labour's chance of winning at 100/1. 

Voting Labour on the 20th October will just let the Conservatives back in.

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EU drives F1 industry in West Oxfordshire

Tim Farron and Liz Leffman have visited SS Tube Technology in Eynsham to highlight the importance of F1 to West Oxfordshire and the risk that leaving the Single Market would place on the sector. There are fears that some teams will re-locate to mainland Europe putting at risk local jobs if Britain goes ahead with a hard Brexit.

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Over 500 volunteers support Liz in Witney

Over 500 Liberal Democrat volunteers have supported by-election candidate Liz Leffman in Witney this weekend.

 

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How to vote for Liz by post

Postal votes are landing on doormats across West Oxfordshire. Here's a quick & easy guide on how to complete yours:

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Rival Witney candidate endorses Liz

Adam Knight, a successful venture capitalist and a former managing director of Goldman Sachs, and candidate in the Witney by-election, has endorsed the Liberal Democrat Liz Leffman.

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12 Lords-a-leaping for Liz

A dozen peers are descending on Witney over the weekend to campaign for Liz Leffman, Liberal Democrat candidate in the by-election.

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Conservative candidate admits he voted Brexit

After much speculation, the Conservative candidate in the Witney by-election has admitted he voted to Leave the EU.

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Baroness Brinton to highlight bus crisis in Oxfordshire

The President of the Liberal Democrats will be in the Witney constituency tomorrow (Thursday) to highlight problems faced by rural people due to the decimation of local bus services.

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The smart money's on Liz

The bookies are suggesting the Witney by-election is getting ever closer, with momentum moving behind local businesswoman and health campaigner Liz Leffman of the Liberal Democrats.

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Tim and Liz open massive Lib Dem HQ in Witney

Tim Farron cut the ribbon with Liz Leffman at the Liberal Democrats new headquarters in Witney today, cheered on by a huge crowd.

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Huge Liberal Democrat win on Witney's Border

The Liberal Democrats secured a huge swing against the Conservatives to win a council by-election in an area bordering Witney, which is seeing a keenly fought parliamentary by-election.

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Farron challenges May and Corbyn to Witney debate

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has challenged Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn to a debate in Witney about the upcoming by-election and state of the nation.

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Witney’s Formula One industry threatened by Brexit

Renault’s F1 team in Enstone near Witney is just one of the motor sports companies in the region threatened by Brexit, according to a study by the Liberal Democrats.

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Liz challenges Conservative candidate on Brexit

The mystery of how the Conservative candidate for Witney voted in the European referendum has become an issue in the Witney by-election.

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Charlbury Post Office Threatened with Closure

Local Councillor Liz Leffman is writing to the chair of the national Post Office to seek urgent reassurances for Charlbury Post Office.

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AC Grayling calls for tactical voting for Lib Dems

AC Grayling, the celebrated Oxford University philosopher, has thrown his weight behind Liz Leffman, the Liberal Democrat candidate in the Witney by-election.

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By-election wizard visits Witney for strategy summit

Mike Thornton, who pulled off a stunning victory in the Eastleigh by-election in the last parliament, is visiting Witney today to pass on his top tips on winning a by-election.

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Please Come To Help This Weekend!

Good news! We have a temporary headquarters booked for tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday, ready for anyone who is able to come and help: Woodstock Community Centre, 32 New Road, Woodstock, OX20 1PB.

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Bookies say Lib Dems only challenger to Tories in Witney by-election

The odds on the Liberal Democrats in the Witney-by-election are tumbling following leader Tim Farron’s conference speech.

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Oxford University Brexit warning

The Vice Chancellor of Oxford University – which has just been declared the best in the world – has warned that Brexit will result in an exodus of academics.

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Liz Leffman selected for Witney by-election

Last night, Liz Leffman a local councillor and business woman was selected overwhelmingly by a meeting of local Liberal Democrats in the Witney constituency for the by-election caused by the resignation of former Conservative Prime Minister and local MP David Cameron.

Today, Tim Farron, fresh from his speech at the Lib Dem party conference in Brighton, made his first visit to the constituency of the campaign to congratulate Liz on her selection.

Tim and Liz then went on to meet shoppers and stallholders at Chipping Norton market.

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Liz Leffman selected for Witney

West Oxfordshire Liberal Democrats are delighted to announce that Liz Leffman has been selected as our candidate to fight the Witney by-election.

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Our plan for Britain in Europe

We believe that the British people should have their say on the final Brexit deal in a referendum. 

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LibDems remain committed to being part of Europe

Oxford West & Abingdon Liberal Democrats hosted a sell-out panel discussion and Q&A session in Botley this week to discuss what happens now following the EU referendum.  Local councillor Judy Roberts and prospective county council candidate Jonathan Adcock were joined by Catherine Bearder MEP and Layla Moran, our prospective parliamentary candidate, for a lively and interesting discussion.

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Grammar schools are not the answer to improving social mobility in Oxfordshire

Education expert and County Councillor for St. Margaret's in Oxford, Cllr John Howson has written in the Oxford Mail about why grammar schools are not the answer to improving social mobility in Oxfordshire as, in reality, children on free school meals don't get into selective schools.

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Press Release: Layla Moran re-selected

Oxford West & Abingdon Liberal Democrats have reselected local teacher Layla Moran as their Parliamentary Candidate.

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Oxfordshire local government reform update

Rival plans to reform local government in Oxfordshire have been rejected by the government and local councils have instead agreed to to work together to come up with a single joint proposal for reform. But with rival studies published today recommending different options, there is still some way to go before there is an agreed position.

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Bill Bradshaw calls on Ed Vaizey, MP for Didcot & Wantage, to support local academic, research and medical science institutions affected by Brexit

Bill Bradshaw, LibDem peer and Wallingford resident, has written to local newspapers calling for local Conservative MP Ed Vaizey to campaign on behalf of academic, research or medical science institutions that depend on funding from the EU.

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Plastic bag use a LibDem success story

Plastic bag use has plummeted in England since the introduction of a 5p charge last year. This was a LibDem initiative under the previous coalition government.

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Clegg - no easy options on Single Market access

Liberal Democrat European Union spokesperson and former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has launched the first briefing paper of his Brexit Challenge project, which analyses the options facing the Government if it intends for Britain to retain significant access to the Single Market.

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LibDem attack Tory delay in introducing new National Funding Formula for schools

Liberal Democrat County Councillor John Howson comments on the delay in the new National Funding Formula for schools

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Tackling polluting traffic should be a priority

Liberal Democrat Councillor Jean Fooks keeps up the pressure on the County Council to tackle polluting traffic.

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Oxfordshire LibDems continue to support Children's Centres

Oxfordshire Liberal Democrats continue to support Children's Centres

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New Tory threat to rural schools in Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire Liberal Democrats are concerned that the removal of the fixed grant paid to small primary schools that provide free lunches to pupils in the infant classes will make rural schools financially unviable. 

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Improving transport in Grove & Wantage

Zoé Patrick, Liberal Democrat County Councillor for Grove & Wantage gave a speech to the County Council Cabinet on 28 June 2016 about improving transport in Oxfordshire. She discussed Local Transport Plan 4 and plans for a railway station in Grove.

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County Council consults on local government reform in Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire County Council have appointed Grant Thornton UK LLP to consider how local government could be reorganised to reduce costs and protect vital services.  As part of that process they are consulting with Oxfordshire residents, businesses and other groups for their views on how best to deliver public services.

Submissions need to be in by 5:30pm on Friday 8 July.

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Oxfordshire votes IN, but it is not enough

Oxfordshire voted decisively to remain in the European Union, with over 215,000 in favour of staying compared with less than 164,000 wanting to leave.

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Sign the petition for a second referendum

Millions of people are signing a petition to Parliament for a second referendum. 

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We need the Liberal Democrats more than ever now

OMG - we need the Liberal Democrats back!

Councillor Richard Webber, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on Oxfordshire County Council, thanks everyone who has given their support to #INtogether and gives his reaction to the EU referendum result.

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Your vote is vital

The referendum tomorrow will determine whether the UK will remain part of the European Union or not.  Your vote is vital. 

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EU membership helps environment

A key report by the Environmental Audit Committee in Parliament has shown that the UK’s environment has benefited enormously from EU membership.

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Massive benefits from EU says University

World-leading Oxford University has issued a clear statement setting out the benefits of the UK remaining in the EU. 

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Investing in innovation

Catherine Bearder MEP has welcomed the progress being made by the Horizon 2020 project - an EU funded £60 billion research and innovation programme.

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Tribute to Jo Cox MP

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron and Paddy Ashdown have paid tribute to Jo Cox MP who was murdered this afternoon

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Making the positive case for Europe

Liberal Democrats in Oxfordshire believe that we need to make a positive case for the EU.

 

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Remain for prosperity

Oxfordshire is much better off staying as part of the European Union and local residents should turn out and vote to REMAIN, say Oxfordshire Liberal Democrats.
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Big wins for Oxfordshire Liberal Democrats

Oxfordshire Lib Dems are celebrating a great set of local election results across the county this May.

 

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Putting residents first!

Cllr Richard Webber, leader of the Liberal Democrats on Oxfordshire County Council has written to the Oxford Times about the unitary councils debate. 

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Labour are letting Oxford down

Local Liberal Democrats are the official opposition on the Labour-run City Council and have been offering positive solutions to Labour's tired administration.

Local Liberal Democrats have called Labour out on their failures over charges for schools use of local parks, handing housing money back, and inability to support reading.

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Hands off our schools

Tory plans to force every school in Oxford to become an academy will put standards at risk and freeze out teachers and parents, say local education campaigners.

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Didcot Garden Town – Need not Greed

No one can accuse Didcot people of being NIMBYs. We have welcomed the additional housing, much needed by young people growing up here and by the workers attracted by science and industrial parks; we have welcomed the expansion of those parks and the jobs they bring; we have welcomed the new town ...

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Tories planning even deeper cuts

Children’s Centres, Elderly Day Care, bus services and many other vital services are under threat from plans set out by Conservative County Councillors.

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Cut crime, not coppers

John Howson is the Lib Dem choice for Police & Crime Commissioner in the election on Thursday 5th May.

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Petition: Save the Kaleidoscope Centre

Local services are under threat of closure thanks to cuts proposed by the Conservatives.

The Kaleidoscope Centre in Kidlington is one of the majority of the County’s Children’s Centres threatened with closure, along with Elederly Day Care Centres, bus services and arts grants.

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County Liberal Democrats budget proposal accepted

Oxfordshire County Council accepts LibDem proposal to consult on unitary status for the county, so that the £33 million a year savings can be used to improve services.

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Liberal Democrats say NO to plans to close Children's Centres

Liberal Democrats object to County Council report on closing Children's Centres.

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Cuts to Local Bus Services will Devastate our Communities

Liberal Democrats in Oxfordshire are asking the council to protect their buses from deepening local authority budgets cuts.

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Let Oxfordshire residents decide...

The Liberal Democrat Group on Oxfordshire County Council calls for UNITARY STATUS for Oxfordshire to be put to the people of the county.

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Lib Dems criticise Government cuts to universal free school meals support

The Government has axed support that helps small schools with 150 pupils or fewer fund universal free meals for infants.

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LibDems respond on Children's Centres

The Oxfordshire County Council Liberal Democrat Group have responded to the consultation on Children's Centrea.

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European Referendum: Lib Dems Are Campaigning To Lead Not Leave

On 13th November Antony Hook QC (former MEP candidate) was in Botley to talk about the importance of the upcoming EU Referendum.

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Tories To Slash Local Services

Local roads and pavements will get worse, bus services will be cut and day centres for the elderly will close under the latest Conservative proposals at the County Council.

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West Way update - November 2015

The Vale of White Horse District Council Cabinet at its meeting on Friday 30th October deferred the decision on Botley's Supplementary Planning Document which relates to the West Way re-development.

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Stunning close result in Sandford-on-Thames by-election

Liberal Democrat candidate Simon Thompson leads surge in support from 20% in May to 37% just five months later, coming within 43 votes of winning the Sanford & the Wittenhams seat on South Oxfordshire District Council.

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Joint letter regarding investment in railways

Liberal Democrat County Councillors John Howson and Jean Fooks have written to the Oxford Mail about investment in railways in Oxford

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Petition from parents and children at St Aloysius’ School

Liberal Democrat Councillor John Howson has presented a petition to Oxfordshire County Council concerning safe cycle routes to St Aloysius' School in north Oxford.

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More funding needed for Oxfordshire schools

County Councillor John Howson argues in the Oxford Mail for better funding for Oxfordshire schools. 

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Concern for children and families in Oxfordshire

Liberal Democrat County Councillor Alison Rooke expresses her concern about the provision of school places.

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County Council to appeal for a fairer allocation of the New Homes Bonus

A motion proposed by Liberal Democrat Group Leader, Cllr Richard Webber was passed unanimously at the Full Meeting of Oxfordshire County Council on Tuesday 14th July.

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Petition: Children's Centres: Think Again

Plans by Conservative County Councillors to close the County’s 44 Children’s Centres are facing strong opposition from local parents and carers.

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Petition: HS2 Traffic

Recent news that HS2 construction may give rise to a substantial increase in freight trains running through Wolvercote has caused much concern.

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Petition: No. 17 Bus Route

The Conservative-run County Council is considering big cuts to all subsidised bus services. The no 17, which serves Wolvercote, Cutteslowe and Jericho in Oxford, is under threat.

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Oxford LibDems on improving transport

Oxford LibDems support improving transport in Oxford and across Oxfordshire.

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Delivering the Real Green Agenda

Layla Moran, Liberal Democrat candidate for Oxford West & Abingdon in the 2015 General Election, looks at the Liberal Democrats green achievements over the five years in government.

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