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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  • Beata Dytczak
    signed via 2020-10-28 12:52:18 +0000
  • Jorgelina Marino
    signed 2020-10-28 12:38:32 +0000
  • Craig Simmons
    published this page in Campaigns 2020-09-22 10:30:17 +0100
  • Ian Cl Thompson
    signed via 2018-04-20 09:35:38 +0100
    Ian C L Thompson
  • Coral Price
    signed via 2018-04-16 20:20:43 +0100
  • Dr Nice (Artist)
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-04-30 08:54:43 +0100
    Sign the petition: Save Oxford from Tory rule
  • Dr Nice (Artist)
    @drknice tweeted link to this page. 2017-04-30 08:54:39 +0100
  • Steve Syme
    signed 2017-03-05 18:12:53 +0000
    Whilst I understand the need to find efficiency savings through the reduction of duplication, I find it disingenuous to suggest that the needs across the whole of Oxford are identical and easily met by a single unitary council. All that will happen is that different divisions and departments will open up within that unitary council, thereby replicating the current situation; or otherwise, it will fail to meet the needs of any of the different areas within it. The worldwide standing of the University brings with it a set of circumstances meaning that Oxford is unlike few, if any, cities of a similar size within the UK, and it is not appropriate to simply combine governance of such a city with the governance of the surrounding area. I would support combination of several of the councils to eliminate duplication and improve accountability, but do not find it appropriate to force fit the governance of the city and the surrounding countryside under a single council, and would keep that division.
  • Clare Crombie
    signed 2017-03-03 14:03:00 +0000
  • Claudio Sillero
    signed 2017-02-28 12:15:58 +0000
  • Jane Carlton Smith
    signed 2017-02-28 09:06:32 +0000
  • Andrew Bull
    signed 2017-02-27 20:59:38 +0000
  • Heather Dawn
    signed 2017-02-27 20:36:21 +0000
  • Katharina Winkel
    signed 2017-02-27 18:36:33 +0000
    With a similar population, Wiltshire has two authorities – Swindon and Wiltshire. Why not a similar scheme for Oxfordshire? There is a danger of effective political alternatives being submerged for a very very long time under the One Oxfordshire proposal. However, there should be more co-cooperation over transport/planning.
  • Mini Grey
    signed 2017-02-27 18:04:32 +0000
  • Jane Buckley
    signed 2017-02-27 16:49:45 +0000
  • Duncan Sharp
    signed 2017-02-27 13:15:30 +0000
    Everyone who cares about democracy should sign this petition and even more importantly respond to the One Oxfordshire proposal at so that this breathtakingly arrogant grab for power by the county conservatives can be stopped in its tracks.
  • Phil Davis
    signed via 2017-02-27 12:47:25 +0000
  • Iain Harvie
    signed 2017-02-27 07:56:58 +0000
    Oxford City has unique requirements and must retain autonomy in its council.
  • Lois Muddiman
    signed via 2017-02-26 19:26:22 +0000
  • Tecla Castella
    signed 2017-02-26 12:20:38 +0000
  • David Maw
    signed 2017-02-26 11:58:17 +0000
    There is nothing to recommend the County Council for what it already does and absolutely no reason to accept an expansion of its remit. Oxford is sufficiently large to warrant direction of its own policies and services, as at present. Keep the County Council out!
  • Keith Bonney
    signed 2017-02-26 11:10:15 +0000
    Keith Bonney
  • Frances Bonney
    signed 2017-02-26 09:51:28 +0000
  • Elinor Payne
    signed 2017-02-25 10:17:02 +0000
  • Dr Timothy Bartel
    signed 2017-02-23 11:24:26 +0000
  • Sarah Webley
    signed 2017-02-17 17:27:50 +0000
  • Jamie Cresswell
    signed 2017-02-16 22:47:48 +0000
  • Janis Spurlock Stockland
    signed 2017-02-15 16:17:04 +0000
  • Sarah Wood
    signed 2017-02-15 13:13:44 +0000

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