Save Oxford from Tory rule

After failing in 2017, the Government, with the support of the Tory-run Oxfordshire County Council, look set to again try and reorganise the City and County Councils. A new Devolution White Paper - to be published in early September 2020 - is widely expected to revive previously rejected 'One Oxfordshire' proposals to create a single unitary authority. This would see Oxford City Council abolished, along with the four neighbouring district councils, and replaced with a new, most-likely Tory-run Countywide Council. Based on current and historical voting, this would most-likely be Tory-run. At the time, Green County Councillor David Williams called the plans 'crazy'. 

No one can say for certain what changes a Tory-run Council would make to the City. However, historically the County Conservatives have not supported a number of policies which have been backed by the people of Oxford and its councillors, for example, policies on affordable housing, homelessness, the Oxford Living Wage and climate change.

SaveOxToryRule.jpgThey have also taken a very different approach to how the council provide services. Whereas Oxford has continued to operate its own services and held on to its assets, the County Conservatives have chosen to privatise services and sell-off assets. This means that as Government funding has reduced Oxford has not suffered any serious service cuts or redundancies in recent years.

Of course, Oxford City Council is far from perfect but it is far more accountable and far more reflective of the electorate it serves than the Conservative majority that pervades the rest of the County.

We want to re-ignite our campaign to SAVE OXFORD FROM TORY RULE. Sign our petition and let the Tories, Labour and LibDem Councillors on Oxfordshire County Council know that you do not want to see Oxford City Council abolished and Oxford ruled by Tories.

We are opposed to any proposals that will replace local councils with a large distant bureaucracy covering the whole of Oxfordshire, which will not reflect the diversity of the county.
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  • Sam Lee
    signed 2017-02-14 23:50:32 +0000
  • Liz Taylor
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-02-14 15:29:06 +0000
    Sign the petition: Save Oxford from Tory rule
  • Liz Taylor
    signed via 2017-02-14 15:28:48 +0000
  • P. Vernon
    signed via 2017-02-14 08:40:35 +0000
    Keep our beautiful and diverse Oxford independent of Tory Oxfordshire.
  • Dick Wolff
    signed via 2017-02-14 08:07:10 +0000
  • Freya Turner
    signed 2017-02-13 23:33:33 +0000
  • Carol Leeson
    signed 2017-02-10 19:38:23 +0000
  • Michael Gross
    signed via 2017-02-08 16:43:09 +0000
  • Ruthi Brandt
    signed via 2017-02-06 22:08:38 +0000
  • Joelle Darby
    signed via 2017-02-06 12:25:26 +0000
    Joelle Darby
  • Geeta Sinha
    signed 2017-02-06 08:41:38 +0000
  • David Williams
    signed 2017-02-05 22:59:43 +0000
    Totally undemocratic
  • chas rodger
    signed via 2017-02-05 22:32:09 +0000
  • Liz Taylor
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-02-05 20:44:32 +0000
    Sign the petition: Save Oxford from Tory rule
  • Maria Clara Elod
    signed 2017-02-05 09:49:19 +0000
    I’m against the ‘One Oxfordshire’ council.
  • Elise Benjamin
    signed via 2017-02-04 23:52:55 +0000
  • Craig Simmons
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    Sign the petition: Save Oxford from Tory rule
  • Craig Simmons
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  • Craig Simmons
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