Oxfordshire Liberal Democrats

Witney Liberal Democrats


Welcome to Witney Liberal Democrats. We are the Liberal Democrat party for the Witney Parliamentary constituency. The constituency is mostly rural and includes all of the district of West Oxfordshire and includes the towns of CartertonChipping Norton, Eynsham and Woodstock.

 

Water Petition

West Oxfordshire has a water problem. Whether it is flooding when it rains or sewage being released into our rivers, the system isn’t working.

Whether you live in towns and villages like Witney, Eynsham, Standlake or Finstock, or care about the state of our rivers, you are affected by the Tory inaction that has led to this crisis. The Tories talk about the problem but have done nothing to address it.

Sign our petition if you agree that it’s time for action not just words: https://www.oxonlibdems.uk/water_petition

 

Fund the Eynsham to Botley Community Path

Despite pledging to fund the Eynsham-Botley Community path, Conservative-run  Oxfordshire County Council has excluded it from their multi-million pound bid for active travel.

Sign here to demand to reinstate the community path: https://www.oxonlibdems.uk/communitypath

 

Petition - Dual the Cotswold Line

The government plans to spend £199 million to upgrade the Cotswold Line, including dualling of the line between Hanborough and Wolvercote. But the 10 mile stretch of line between Hanborough and Charlbury will remain single track under these proposals, which have been endorsed by Oxfordshire County Council and supported by our MP Robert Courts.

Join Councillor Liz Leffman and the local Liberal Democrats in our fight to get the whole of the Cotswold Line dualled by signing below.

Please visit:  www.oxonlibdems.uk/cotswoldline

Petition - Rethink Housing for Eynsham

Plans for a Garden Village and further development in West Eynsham will more than double the existing size of Eynsham and put further strains on local infrastructure which is already unable to cope. Plans for a Park and Ride will no solve the nightmare that is daily congestion on the A40   

Sign our petition to demand that master planning for Eynsham and the surrounding villages should be done with the highest level of environmental measures possible and that the infrastructure needs to be radically improved to include safe and convenient bus, rail and cycling routes.

Please visit:  www.oxonlibdems.uk/eynshamhouses

 

Petition - Infrastructure for Woodstock

The LibDems are launching a petition to demand improvements to infrastructure before further major housing developments are built.

Will you sign and show your support for:

  • A central Woodstock surgery that will benefit local communities and Woodstock businesses

  • Traffic controls: 20mph limits and controls on HGVs in town and village centres

  • Better, well connected, public transport: buses, rail, cycle tracks, footpaths

  • Improved parking facilities for those who must use their cars for travel

     

Please visit: www.oxonlibdems.uk/infrastructure_for_woodstock

 

Tackling Covid Together

During these difficult times it has been amazing to see how communities have come together to help each other out across the District.

Supporting and empowering communities is a key part of Liberal Democrat philosophy, and your local Liberal Democrat councillors have played our part.

We have contacted vulnerable residents to give advice, support and to listen to their concerns. And we have helped support local resident groups.

In the background we have also been actively working with the District Council to support the homeless and those most at risk, to help ensure the continuation of vital services, such as bin collections, and to get leisure centres open as soon as itʼs safe to do so.

We have also been involved with the Councilʼs local strategy for economic recovery post- Covid, encouraging investment in the green economy to bring more job opportunities, healthier living and improved quality of life.

As always, Liberal Democrats are working hard for local residents and our towns and villages.

LibDem Policy Groups

Would you like to help shape the future of West Oxfordshire with the Liberal Democrats? We are welcoming all members to get involved in putting together our manifesto for next year and to join our policy groups. If interested in joining, please email [email protected] There are separate groups on the following:

  • Environment & Climate Change
  • Education & Young People
  • Transport
  • Housing & Planning
  • Health & Social Care
  • Unitary Councils
  • Employment, Leisure & Tourism

 

10% Swing for Lib Dems in General Election

Charlotte Hoagland

 

Liberal Democrat Local Gains in 2019

We are now the official opposition on West Oxfordshire District Council with 9 seats. Andy Graham was re-elected in Charlbury & Finstock, joined by Dan Levy in Eynsham & Cassington and Nathalie Chapple in Stonesfield & Tackley.

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Cllr Nathalie Chapple, Cllr Liz Leffman, Cllr Andy Graham, Charlotte Hoagland and Cllr Dan Levy.

 

Who Are We?

In West Oxfordshire, the Witney Liberal Democrats comprise hundreds of members active in Burford, Chipping Norton, Charlbury, Carterton, Witney and Woodstock as well as in the surrounding villages and countryside.

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We made gains in the District Council elections in 2018 and 2019, and in the Euro Elections in May we won most votes overall in West Oxfordshire, beating the Brexit Party into second place, the Greens into third, Conservatives fourth and Labour fifth.

If you are interested in supporting the party you can join as a Lib Dem member - you will receive mailings from the local party, as well as from the national party. You have a vote in national Lib Dem matters such as election of the President and the Leader and the right to attend national and regional conferences to vote on policies.

You do not need to join the party to support us - we would be very pleased to hear from you. We need help in getting our message out to local residents, good locations for garden poster stake boards or even whether you can make on-going financial contribution however small to help with our campaign costs (printing leaflets etc).  There is also a 50-50 club which has a monthly draw.

You can get in touch by wiring to [email protected] or phoning one of our local party officers:

  • Carl Rylett (Chair) 07887 543455
  • Nathalie Chapple (Secretary) 07503 484843

If you would like to support the local party financially, please visit our donation page by clicking here:

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Ben Molyneux - A Close Second in Witney North 

On August 29th 2019 the Liberal Democrats came within just 9 votes of winning the Witney North Town By-Election in an area where we have not focussed for several years. It was disappointing to miss out but still a good result.

Our candidate Ben Molyneux had this to say: "What a whirlwind adventure this campaign has proved to be! I am a relatively new Lib Dem having joined the party this year, the same as many of our new members, so frustrated with the Government, Brexit and the lack of decisive opposition from The Labour Party."

"We knew we had a fight on our hands as it had been a decade since we last won this ward in Witney, but the team were really up for the challenge and gave it everything. We had such a strong team of volunteers, creating the leaflets, delivering them and knocking on doors, it was a privilege to be part of and I recommend anyone thinking of getting involved to let us know, come along to our drinks evenings and coffee mornings and join in."

As we all know, a general election is looming and we now stand in a position to win in Witney which is a real prospect and the big bonus from our campaign.