Oxford East sits within the City of Oxford (excluding the north-west quarter of the city included within the Oxford West & Abingdon constituency).
Oxford East Liberal Democrats are an active local party, with hundreds of members and thousands of supporters across the City.
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Alasdair Murray, Chairman, Oxford East Liberal Democrats
Alasdair Murray lives in the heart of the Oxford East constituency with his wife - a director of a patient information forum - and his two children. He was educated at Oxford University and has worked as an economics journalist on a national newspaper and policy expert at two leading British think tanks. Alasdair is now a consultant and writer as well as serving as a trustee for two national charities.
With two children in a local community school and a wife who is a school governor, Alasdair is acutely aware of the challenges the education system in Oxford faces and wants to accelerate the improvements that have been made in the last few years. If elected as an MP, he would also campaign to ensure Oxford finally has the powers necessary to alleviate the City's housing crisis and improve its creaking infrastructure.
Alasdair has been an active Lib Dem member for more than a decade. He was delighted to have the opportunity to stand in his home constituency in the 2015 general election. He has since been elected as the Chairman of the Oxford East Liberal Democrats.
Cllr Roz Smith, County Councillor for Headington & Quarry
Roz was born in Oxfordshire and has lived here for most of her life. She went to secondary school in Oxford City, and college in Abingdon. Roz worked in the City Centre managing a store and expanding its retail business around the country. She has recently taken early retirement from Oxford Brookes University where she worked for the Sustainable Vehicle Engineering Centre, the Joining Technology Research Centre and the SMART Group all based in engineering building at the Wheatley Campus. Roz serves as a school governor at Headington Quarry Nursery and as vice-chairman of Windmill School governors. She worked for many years as a volunteer for Oxfam and was a member of the old Oxfordshire Community Health Council which used to scrutinise the NHS.
Roz is an experienced councillor with particular interests in environmental issues and value for money. She believes very strongly in Fair Trade initiatives, and can often be found helping in the Windmill, Headington fair-trade shop. A champion for local democracy and transparent decision making, Roz believes residents should be consulted properly about local issues.
Roz has two grown up sons, a step daughter, five beautiful granddaughters, an energetic grandson; the seventh grandchild, a boy, arrived in June 2013. She is actively involved with many local community groups and serves as a Charity Trustee for Risinghurst Community Association and Headington Quarry Village Hall. Roz married Paul Rogers at Holy Trinity Church, Headington Quarry and helps there with the welcome team.
Lord Mayor Cllr Altaf Khan, City Councillor for Headington
Altaf is currently Sheriff of the City of Oxford and shadow spokesperson for Culture and Communities.
I have been residing and working in OX3 for more than two decades and am very well versed with the area, the people and their issues. I am a family man and all my children have been born, bred and schooled locally.
I was first elected as an Oxfordshire County councillor in 2005 for Headington & Marston Division. I was re-elected in 2009 from the same division with an increased majority. I have also been an Oxford City councillor since 2006 for Headington Hill & Northway ward. During my time as a councillor at both local authorities, I have held various portfolios. During my tenure as a Shadow Cabinet Member for Community Safety (Oxfordshire County Council), I undertook major reviews e.g. Improving Recruitment and Sustainment of Retained Fire-fighters and Improving Oxfordshire Registration Service etc.
For the last few years, I have been the Shadow Cabinet Member for Schools Improvement (Oxfordshire County Council), which entails raising educational attainment, scrutinising the Education Directorate and appointing School Governors. As a part of this, I was also a member of the Teachers Joint Committee. During this tenure, I undertook a major review to raise educational attainment of Oxfordshire Primary Schools involving 16 primary schools. More recently, I have been a keen and active follower of and contributor to Oxfordshire’s academising debate at the County Cabinet. I have played a major part in restructuring EDAS (Equality and Diversity Achievement Service) and have been instrumental in setting up and initiating the MECF (Minority Ethnic Consultative Forum). I am a vice chair of the MECF.
At the Oxford City Council, I have been an Executive Board member for Community Development and Community Safety. In addition, I have held various positions as opposition group member. I have chaired the Community and Partnership scrutiny Committee and a member of the East Area Planning Committee.
In addition to the above, I have made major contribution to Controlled Parking Zone schemes, Traffic calming Schemes and London Road Improvement Scheme. Despite this work load, I have always prioritised my constituents’ case work and maintained my visibility through all available means to stay in touch with them.
I have a close working relationship with both my fellow Oxford City councillors David and Ruth for a number of years and we work in unison for our joint constituents. I have also undertaken some small scale projects under County Council’s Locality Fund to improve highways in Headington area in consultation with David and Ruth.
I am campaigning to improve Headington to a cleaner, greener area with respect to Traffic/Transport, Environment, Health and Community development/safety. I would like to keep my focus on planning and community engagement so that the council really does listen to the people of Headington.
I am a people person and have always taken pride in my commitment.
Cllr Ruth Wilkinson, City Councillor for Headington
Ruth is shadow portfolio holder for Planning and Regulatory Services on Oxford City Council
I was elected in May 2008. I am a community activist and campaigner by background, and have been involved in all sorts of community groups – parent governor, running a Cub pack, setting up a toy library, postnatal support, tenants and residents, regeneration board etc.
Before I was elected, I campaigned against the Iraq War, against the privatisation of the NHS, against the imposition of ID cards, and for better pay and conditions in education and local government. I have also campaigned for the replacement of street wardens, for the retention of sports facilities, for the introduction of outreach library services in inner city areas, and against the closure of local libraries and the Post Office. I have also worked with a group of volunteers in a socially deprived area of the city to set up a library of donated books.
I have given presentations to Thames Valley Police on resident involvement in Neighbourhood Action Groups, and wrote a script and took part in filming for a police training video on antisocial behaviour. I have completed the Community Leadership module of the Postgraduate Certificate in Local Governance for councillors.
I have taken early retirement from my post as a customer services team leader in the higher education library sector in which I gained experience in industrial relations and job evaluation. I also have experience of working in a pharmaceutical factory and in retail.
Since 2008 I have worked alongside residents to successfully save the Headington car park from residential development, save Headington Library from cuts, and retain inanimate red objects (!) including the phone box in Old High Street and the post box in All Saints Road. I serve on East Area Planning Committee and Headington Forward. I have successfully ensured the energy pipe project gets planning permission before work can begin so that all residents have a chance to send in comments. I have worked hard to ensure all residents affected by transport projects like Access to Headington get the information they need to send back informed comments. Working with the Steering Committee of the Headington Neighbourhood Forum, I have championed the Headington Neighbourhood Plan across the City and beyond, and am working hard on community projects including Hear in Headington, safeguarding the Headington shark, securing a governance review and working to setup a business association.
I consider myself very fortunate to be working with such an experienced and supportive ward colleague in Altaf-Khan. We send out regular newsletters and hold ward focus meetings ten times a year so that residents are kept up to date with latest news and current planning applications in their area.
I enjoy serving the people of Headington to the best of my ability!