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15th Aug, 2022

Evesham Labour buoyed by tale of Chipping Norton success

Rob George 14th Jul, 2022

THE JOURNEY from a single councillor to a majority on Chipping Norton Town Council was at the heart of the latest meeting of Evesham Labour Party.

Members gathered on a warm evening for a social at St Egwin’s Club with new branch chair Mike Harland on hand to meet some members face to face for the first time.

After he welcomed everyone, the Labour chief urged all present to get involved as there was ‘a role for everyone in campaigning for more Labour representation at local level, and for a fairer society.’

Guest speaker Steve Akers from Chipping Norton Labour Party, who is a councillor for the town explained how, over recent years, they had managed to increase Labour representation on the Town Council from one to 12 out of the 16 councillors, as well as helping wrest West Oxfordshire District and Oxfordshire County Councils from Conservative control.

He set this in the context of the town’s history of radicalism and then set out in detail the strategies used to campaign successfully to ‘turn a blue town red.

New member, local Jake Eldridge, said: “It is heartening to meet a group of such warm natured and passionate people, organising to put the needs of people and communities at the forefront of local and national government.”

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