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Collective support to secure the future of local hospital

On Saturday 9 July, local elected representatives met at Banbury Town Hall to discuss the future of the Horton General Hospital.

Labour Party Councillors Sean Woodcock and Steve Kilsby joined Conservative leader of Cherwell District Council, Barry Wood and local Member of Parliament, Victoria Prentis, at the meeting during which they voiced their thoughts and concerns about plans for the structure of services at the hospital, and agreed on an action plan going forward.

Speaking afterwards, Victoria said: “It was really helpful to sit down in the same room with Barry, Sean and Steve and talk about what needs to be done to secure the future of the Horton General Hospital. The Horton is loved and valued by everyone in Banbury – both Sean and I were born there. I am keen to ensure that there is cross-party consensus so that we can work together to keep our Horton general. This is an issue which unites our parties. It was clear that we are all on the same page; collectively, we will do what we can to get the best result for Banbury.

Sean Woodcock added: “The success of previous campaigns to preserve services at the Horton has been built upon cross-party support. This latest fight will be really tough. Possibly the toughest that has yet been fought for the hospital. For once Victoria and I are united on an issue. We both want to protect the hospital that we were born in so that it can continue to serve future generations.