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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Petition: Wootton Road roundabout

Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate Layla Moran and local Councillor Margaret Crick have been campaigning for the County Council to review the Wootton Road roundabout, which has been suffering from congestion since changes made by Conservative Councillors were implemented.

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NHS Survey

Liberal Democrat candidate for Oxford West & Abingdon, Layla Moran has spoken to several local residents who have raised a number of concerns about their experiences with the local health services.

Layla is keen to find out how local services could be improved and what the priorities should be for any extra resources that the Liberal Democrats can deliver for the NHS.

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Better provision for cyclists at the new Oxford Parkway Station

The new Oxford Parkway Station provides for approximately 800 car park spaces but only 150 cycle spaces.

Previously the number of cycle spaces being planned was just 100, but due to a small success thanks to public pressure through petitions such as this, the number was increased by Chiltern Railways. This figure is still woefully short of what should be provided.

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Petition: Gloucester Green Trees

Twenty six mature trees in the centre of Oxford are under threat if developers plans become a reality.

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Petition: Don't Build on the Green Belt

Layla Moran and the local Lib Dem team are fighting proposals by the Conservative-run Vale of White Horse District Council Labour-run Oxford City Council to build piecemeal on the Green Belt.

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Cowley ward by-election July 2014

Oxford East LibDems have chosen Prakash Sharma as their candidate for the upcoming Cowley ward by-election on 17th July, precipated by the resignation of a Labour councillor shortly after the 2014 local election results were declared.

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