Success on Winter Homelessness Accommodation

Liberal Democrats have welcomed the passing of a motion which calls on Oxford City Council to provide emergency accommodation to people rough sleeping every night foretasted to be 0 degrees or below, after their year long campaign.

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Oxfordshire Liberal Democrats Oppose the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway

The Conservative government, supported by the leader of Oxfordshire County Council, is intent on building a motorway style road between Oxfordshire and Cambridge.

They say this is to speed lorry and car journeys along the route, to bring 470,000 more people within a 45 minute drive time of the Oxford Science Park, to cater for the 40% predicted increase in traffic by 2035 and to facilitate more housing.

Liberal Democrat councillors say that investing in rail, other public transport and active transport should come first.

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Kidlington’s Campsfield House Immigration Detention Centre to close next year

The news that Campsfield House is to close in May 2019 was announced today in a letter from Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes to Oxford West and Abingdon’s Lib Dem MP Layla Moran.

 

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Major flaws with the Vale Local Plan

The Planning Inspector has asked for major changes to the Vale of White Horse District Council's latest Local Plan. Liberal Democrats in the Vale believe the plan has been rushed and needs more work. 

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Experienced Former Councillor Liz Wade Selected for Wolvercote By-election

Local members in Wolvercote ward have selected Liz Wade as their candidate for the by-election, expected to be held in early-December.

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Keep up the pressure for a People's Vote

It was great to see so many people on Saturday at the People's Vote March in London. But we can't stop now - we need to keep up the pressure.

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Kirsten Johnson Steps Down as Wheatley Councillor, Tim Bearder Selected

Liberal Democrat councillor for Wheatley division, Dr Kirsten Johnson, resigned her seat yesterday.

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Jane Hanna to stand for Grove & Wantage

Jane Hanna has been selected as the Liberal Democrat candidate in the Grove & Wantage by-election, following the retirement of Zoe Patrick who is standing down after over 20 years of service to the local community.

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Liberal Democrats Back Greens in Upcoming By-Election

On housing, homelessness, and Europe, the Labour Party are failing to stand up for Oxford residents who are being left behind.

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MP takes campaign for £150m investment in Oxfordshire cycling to Parliament

Oxford West and Abingdon MP Layla Moran has used a House of Commons debate to call on the Government to provide £150 million of pounds of extra funding for cycling in Oxfordshire.

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Oxford Labour leaders should back People's Vote

Layla Moran, Cllr Andrew Gant and Oxford's Liberal Democrats are calling on the Labour leader of Oxford City Council to support the campaign for a People's Vote on the final Brexit deal.

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Labour councillors block stable homeless accommodation

Oxford’s Labour councillors voted against supporting Oxford’s rough sleepers, describing designs by Oxford Brookes University, in partnership with Crisis homeless support charity, as a ‘gimmick’.

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Liberal Democrats Secure £10million for Oxfordshire Roads

The local Liberal Democrats have welcomed a U-turn by Conservative County Councillors that should mean an extra £10million of investment in Oxfordshire roads.

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Liberal Democrat plans to tackle dangerous parking

Liberal Democrats around Oxfordshire are pushing for action to tackle dangerous parking.

Illegal, dangerous and inconsiderate parking is a growing problem in market towns such as Abingdon, Faringdon and Wantage as well as communities such as Botley and Kidlington.

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Brexit means that an academic exodus is unavoidable

Ruvi Ziegler, Oxford associate professor and Lib Dem council candidate in the recent Oxford City Council elections, fears that Brexit will undermine Britain’s research status.

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Headington councillor Ruth Wilkinson has stood down for family reasons

Ruth Wilkinson has resigned following ten years as a councillor for Headington ward.

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Statement on Cllr Lloyd-Shogbesan and Anti-Semitism

Reports have emerged that Labour Councillor for Lye Valley ward, Ben Lloyd-Shogbesan, has been sharing anti-Semitic and homophobic articles.

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Liberal Democrats Double Their Seats Across Oxfordshire

The Liberal Democrats are celebrating a fantastic set of election results across Oxfordshire.

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The Windrush scandal exposes the Home Office's brutality

The Windrush Generation are British citizens. People who’ve lived here for decades – working, raising families, part of Britain. How they have been treated by the Home Office is brutal and cruel.

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Layla Moran calls for Marriage Equality in Northern Ireland

Tomorrow Lib Dem MP Layla Moran will sponsor a Bill to change the law on same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland.

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Labour Councillors Reject £2 million to End Homelessness

Oxford's Labour councillors have voted down a Liberal Democrat amendment to the 2018-19 budget that would have seen in £2 million go towards ending homelessness and rough sleeping in the city.

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Time to get serious about cycling

Paul Harris, Liberal Democrat candidate for St. Margaret's ward in the Oxford City Council elections in May, has written to the Oxford Times about cycling.

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Layla Moran MP Questions Theresa May on Vagrancy Act

During Prime Minister’s Questions today Lib Dem MP Layla Moran urged Theresa May to scrap a law dating back to the 1820s that is still being used to drag thousands of homeless people before the courts each year for rough sleeping.

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Brexodus hitting NHS

Ruvi Ziegler, Liberal Democrat candidate for North ward in the May city council elections, has called for us to celebrate the contribution made by EU27 citizens in Oxford rather than undermine it.

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Helping Oxford's Homeless


Jenny Hannaby calls for Wantage hospital beds to re-open

Jenny Hannaby, Liberal Democrat councillor and Chair of Wantage Hospitals League of Friends, has been featured in the Oxfordshire Guardian calling for a 12-bed hospital unit in Wantage to be re-opened.

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Re-opening South Abingdon Children's Centre

Neil Fawcett, County Councillor for Abingdon South, writes with some good news about the South Abingdon Children's Centre, which was closed as a result of cuts by the Conservatives.

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Over a thousand homes across Oxfordshire left empty

Over a thousand homes in the Vale of White Horse, Cherwell and Oxford City are empty, with some stood vacant for ten years or more, research by the Liberal Democrats has revealed. 

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Oxford Council Remove Homeless Man's Possessions

Labour-run Oxford City Council have removed a homeless man's sleeping bag and other possessions, in a new power that has been backed up with a £2,500 fine.

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Parliament has taken back control over Brexit

The House of Commons voted to give Parliament a meaningful vote on the final Brexit deal last night, by a narrow margin of 309 to 305.

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Kidlington Executive 2018

Kidlington Liberal Democrats branch held their inaugural AGM on Friday 6th October, with a speech from Layla Moran MP.

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Liberal Democrats are challenging Part 2 of the Vale District Council’s Local Plan

Their submission to the Planning Inspector points out the plan created by the Conservative administration is unsound, does not provide suitable infrastructure for the proposed new homes and does nothing to make housing in the Vale affordable for people on average or low incomes.

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Private affluence and public squalor

Liz Leffman, county councillor for Charlbury & Wychwood and district councillor for Charlbury, highlights a poor state of affairs in Oxfordshire:

"How often have you driven from Oxfordshire into Gloucestershire and noticed a visible improvement in the road surface on the dividing line?

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Layla Moran speech on education to Autumn Conference

Layla Moran MP, Education Spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats, spoke to Autumn Conference.

 

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Oxford West & Abingdon MP Layla Moran, asks the Prime Minister about Brexit

Oxford West & Abingdon MP Layla Moran, asks the Prime Minister about Brexit.

 

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Layla Moran appointed to Public Accounts Committee

Layla Moran, Liberal Democrat Education spokesperson and MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, has been appointed to the House of Commons’ Public Accounts Committee.

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Oxford leading the way on bus accessibility

Oxford leading the way in AV for an accessible bus service for all

Oxford West and Abingdon MP Layla Moran has welcomed the introduction of audio-visual (AV) announcements on buses in Oxford and has asked the Secretary of State to extend AV across the country. 

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Win for local campaigners - Cherwell housing plan consultation extended

Pressure from local residents in the Begbroke and Yarnton Green Belt Campaign, as well as residents in Wolvercote, Cutteslowe and Kidlington, supported by Layla Moran MP, have resulted in Cherwell District Council agreeing to double the consultation period for its local plan involving 4,400 new homes on the edge of Oxford.

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Concern over John Radcliffe Trauma Unit closure

The Liberal Democrats have raised concerns following news that 52 inpatient beds will be moved from the Trauma Unit of the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford due to fire safety fears.

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Electric Mini decision is fantastic news for Oxford

A fully electric version of the Mini will be built in Cowley, Oxford, BMW has confirmed.

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MP welcomes Lodge Hill funding but warns diamond junction cannot be delayed

Abingdon's MP Layla Moran has welcomed the announcement of £9.45 million for the A34 Lodge Hill junction but is pressing for the scheme to be completed before housing developments go ahead.

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Vince Cable sets out his ambitions as our new leader

Ambitious for our country. Ambitious for our party.

Vince Cable MP, new leader of the Liberal Democrats, sets out his manifesto.

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Impressive debut for Layla Moran as our new MP

Layla Moran has made an impressive start as the brand new MP for Oxford West & Abingdon. From a well received maiden speech to leading a Westminster Hall debate on education, her first few weeks have seen Layla make her mark on Parliament.

Watch for yourself!

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Teacher pay rise 'an insult'

The Liberal Democrats have accused the government of insulting teachers and of having a 'tin ear' to public opinion after giving a below inflation pay-rise to teachers. 

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Govt u-turn on plans to axe school lunches is another 'humiliation'

Government plans to axe free school lunches have been dropped in another humiliating u-turn.

Commenting on the news, Liberal Democrat Shadow Education Secretary Layla Moran MP, said:

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Layla Moran elected as MP for Oxford West & Abingdon

Oxfordshire Liberal Democrats are delighted to announce that Layla Moran has been elected as the MP for Oxford West & Abingdon in the 2017 General Election.

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Lib Dems beat Conservatives across Oxford West & Abingdon constituency

The Liberal Democrats beat the Conservatives by a margin of 10% of the votes cast in the County Council elections on Thursday.

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Layla Welcomes Green Party Support

Layla Moran, Parliamentary Candidate for Oxford West & Abingdon, has welcomed the decision by the Green Party that they will not field a candidate in the constituency and instead back the Liberal Democrats.

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Liberal Democrats commit to ending rough sleeping in Britain

The Liberal Democrats have committed to ending the scandal of rough sleeping in Britain, as the Homelessness Reduction Bill enters into force today.

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Pro-European groups endorse Liberal Democrats in Oxford West and Abingdon to stop hard Brexit

Open Britain, the European Movement and Britain for Europe have endorsed Layla Moran, the Liberal Democrat general election candidate in Oxford West and Abingdon.

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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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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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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."


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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