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Council war continues over unitary proposals

Opponents of Oxfordshire County Council’s (OCC) One Oxfordshire vision have been accused of ‘living in a bubble’ after a district council leader launched a scathing attack on the proposals.

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John Bercow, speaker of the House of Commons

Bid to remove speaker flounders after just FIVE MPS support motion of no confidence

James Dudderidge's efforts to remove John Bercow as speaker appeal to have failed, as only 5 MPS sign motion of no confidence.

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Oxfordshire County Council has set its budget

Budget agreed after six-hour discussion

Savings of around £38m have to be made by Oxfordshire County Council over the 2017/18 tax year in a budget which was narrowly agreed at a meeting on Tuesday.

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Press conference to launch the One Oxfordshire resctructuring of the various councils within Oxfordshire. West Oxford Community Centre, Botley Road.

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Battle lines are drawn over unitary proposal

A clearly defined split has formed in Oxfordshire between district and county councils over plans for a unitary authority.

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What does Government’s planning white paper mean for Aylesbury Vale?

The much-discussed housing white paper was released by the Government last week, but what does it mean in real terms for developments accross Aylesbury Vale?

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Thames Valley Police removing 11 refugees from the back of a lorry at junction nine/10 of the M40. NNL-170215-162030001

Refugees found in back of lorry on M40

Eleven people said to be refugees have been removed from the back of the lorry by police.

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NHS crisis: 19 hospitals face axe as doctors accuse Government of deliberate underfunding

NHS crisis: 19 hospitals face axe as doctors accuse Government of deliberate underfunding

The NHS is facing its biggest shake up in a generation with nearly 20 hospitals marked for closure and care from cradle to grave put through a wholesale overhaul to plug a £22bn black hole in health service funding, an investigation by this newspaper can reveal.

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Developer looking for land in North Bucks to build supportive housing for disabled people

Developer looking for land in North Bucks to build supportive housing for disabled people

A developer that wants to build supportive housing for vulnerable people is looking for land in North Bucks.

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Press conference to launch the One Oxfordshire resctructuring of the various councils within Oxfordshire. West Oxford Community Centre, Botley Road. L-R: Richard Webber, Liz Brighouse and Ian Hudspeth

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Single council would ‘wreak devastation’ on residents

The leader of Cherwell District Council says he won’t be pressurised into supporting plans for a single unitary authority for the county.

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council leader counts seven-screen cinema and sainsbury’s as achievements of cdc

Cherwell leader Barry Wood has called on district residents to ‘value’ its council during a budget setting meeting of the council’s executive on Monday.

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President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting on African American History Month in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Credit: AP Photo/Evan Vucci

House of Commons Speaker and MP for Buckingham John Bercow ‘strongly opposed’ to Donald Trump speaking in Parliament

Donald Trump will be blocked from addressing Parliament on his state visit to the UK, the Speaker of the House of Commons has said.

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Car parks to close for repair work to be done

Car parks to close for repair work to be done

Car parks will be temporarily closed across the district this month as part of a programme of works to repair those operated by Cherwell District Council.

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A protester at one of last night's rallies (Photo: Dean Kirby/i)

The very British signs on show at anti-Trump protests around the country

Across the country last night Britons took to the streets to protest Donald Trump’s ban on people from seven majority Muslim countries entering the United States.

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Upper Heyford Air Base is to take around 1,600 homes by 2031.

Should Upper Heyford be split up into two?

People living in Upper Heyford will be asked their views on whether it should be split into two new parishes.

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Press conference to launch the One Oxfordshire restructuring of the various councils within Oxfordshire. West Oxford Community Centre, Botley Road. L-R: Richard Webber, Liz Brighouse and Ian Hudspeth  18th January 2017 Picture: Andrew Walmsley NNL-170118-173657001

County unveils plans for unitary authority

A single local authority running all council services in Oxfordshire could save around £100 million over the first five years according to Oxfordshire County Council (OCC).

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Lace Hill estate residents have been hit by management charges

CLLR Stuchbury: "Management charges amounts to double taxation of our residents'

Many residents of Lace Hill have been left flabbergasted by additional service charges on top of Council Tax bills for the upkeep of green spaces.

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Majority support raising tax to support struggling NHS

Majority support raising tax to support struggling NHS

The NHS dominated headlines this week after the Red Cross declared it a “humanitarian crisis” but latest research from YouGov suggests the public are willing to pay a little extra to support the struggling health service.

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A tougher licensing policy had been introduced for taxi drivers

Stricter rules for taxi drivers in the districts

Mandatory training and stricter use of criminal records are among new measures to be introduced as part of a tougher licensing policy for taxi and private hire drivers.

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Today is your last chance to defend your right to know

Today is your last chance to defend your right to know

Today is your last chance to stand up and defend a free British press - and your right to know.

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Paint thinner chemical found in Lidl gravy by Food Standards Agency

Paint thinner chemical found in Lidl gravy by Food Standards Agency

Unsafe levels of a paint thinner chemical have been found in gravy granules sold at Lidl, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has revealed.

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