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Human Rights for Oxfordshire Citizens Green Party councillors will be presenting a motion to the next County Council meeting which directs the Council to oppose measures by the Government which will have the effect of reducing the human rights of UK citizens. Dr Hazel Dawe, who is a Senior Lecturer in Law, comments:"In the Queen's speech the Government have said that they are consulting on the issue of withdrawal from the European Convention on Human Rights. In practice, this would mean that direct legal challenges to Oxfordshire County Council decisions made within Education, Social services and other areas of Council services would be made more difficult. Currently, where there are problems, they can be judged as contraventions of the European Convention on Human Rights. Where a breach of Convention rights is found , the injustice can be corrected and appropriate compensation can be paid to victims."With this in mind the County Council should be concerned that leaving the European Convention  would degrade the Human Rights of the citizens of Oxfordshire, and in particular the most vulnerable. All of our councils should be accountable to citizens for their actions in cases where the human rights of individuals have not been respected.The motion to the Council will be moved by Green group leader David Williams.
Oxford needs more housing not another luxury hotel Proposals for a 150-bed hotel in central Oxford should be opposed, say the Greens, and the site use for much needed housing.The local Green Party have come out against proposal by the Dominvs Group to build a large, luxury, four star hotel on the site of the old Cooper Callas building next to the Castle Site.The site is ideally located for housing and could provide more than 50 desperately-needed apartments, at least half of which could be affordable.The proposal, welcomed by the Council Leader (Oxford Mail 4th July), comes hot on the heels of the controversial Westgate plans which were passed without the inclusion of any affordable homes.Says Green Party spokesperson Steve Dawe, "We have the least affordable housing in the Country and limited City centre land suitable for development. The fact that the council are even considering this proposal shows their lack of interest in seriously addressing Oxford's housing crisis".

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