Category Archives: General Election 2017

VICTORIA PRENTIS RE-ELECTED AS MP FOR NORTH OXFORDSHIRE

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VP 2017 GE Results

Conservative candidate, Victoria Prentis, has been re-elected as the Member of Parliament for North Oxfordshire.

Speaking after the result was announced, Victoria said:
“I am delighted to have the opportunity to represent the area in which I have always lived once again. Turnout was brilliant, as we have seen across the country. Regardless of what my opponents have said throughout the campaign, I am committed to fighting for the future of the Horton General Hospital, and hope to be able to continue to work cross-party with Labour going forward.
“We must also focus on Brexit given that we start negotiating in just eleven days. This is the future of our area that we are talking about. It is vital that we get the best deal. I will be a vocal champion for North Oxfordshire at Westminster.”

 

Local candidates take part in Bicester Hustings

On Sunday 4 June, Victoria Prentis joined other local candidates for a hustings event organised by Churches Together in Bicester. Given the horrific attack in London the previous night, it was a difficult event for all involved and much consideration was given to the decision to go ahead. Victoria made it clear that her focus was on answering questions from the public rather than political point-scoring.

The hustings covered a wide range of topics, from the local to the international. The issue of the Horton General Hospital was raised, and Victoria reaffirmed her commitment to keeping vital services. Discussions covered education funding, Brexit, foreign aid and national security, among others.

Speaking after the event, Victoria said: ‘I wasn’t sure if the hustings should go ahead, given the terrible events in London. However, I do think it is important that people have the opportunity to hear the views of all their local candidates. It was an interesting discussion under very difficult circumstances.

VICTORIA SUPPORTS COVENTRY SOUTH CANDIDATE

Over the past few weeks, Victoria has been helping out other local Conservative candidates with their General Election campaigns.

On 29 May, Victoria and a number of members of the North Oxfordshire Conservative Association travelled to Coventry South to canvass for new candidate, Michelle Lowe.

Victoria commented: “I thoroughly enjoyed meeting and supporting Michelle in Coventry South this bank holiday weekend. While I have been focused on my own campaign, it is always good to get out and meet other people from different areas. I wish Michelle all the best on 8 June, and look forward to helping her and other candidates over the coming ten days”.

For more information on Michelle Lowe, Conservative Candidate for Coventry South, click here.

Victoria and North Oxfordshire Conservative supporters with Michelle Lowe.

Victoria and North Oxfordshire Conservative supporters with Michelle Lowe, Conservative Candidate for Coventry South.

VICTORIA PRENTIS CHATS TO VOTERS OVER COFFEE AND BEER

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On Friday 26 May, ahead of the General Election on 8 June, Victoria Prentis, the Conservative candidate for North Oxfordshire, travelled across the constituency to meet local people.

Starting at the new ‘FLTR Coffee’ shop in Bicester, Victoria spent time chatting to new mothers and residents of Langford Village over a coffee. They discussed issues including community facilities, healthcare in Oxfordshire and road safety.

In the afternoon, Victoria joined the Adderbury Friday club for lunch, where members had the opportunity to ask questions about Victoria’s election commitments and her priorities for the area. The Horton General Hospital was a key topic of discussion, alongside NHS funding and Brexit.

Victoria then joined staff and pupils at St John’s Priory to celebrate their recent Independent Schools Inspection rating of ‘excellent’. As part of the celebrations, an afternoon tea party was held in the grounds, and provided an opportunity to congratulate the pupils, parents and staff for all of their hard work.

Finishing off the day, The Sun Inn, Hook Norton played host to another of Victoria’s ‘Pub Tours’. During her election campaign, Victoria has been visiting local pubs across North Oxfordshire to meet village residents to chat about local matters such as housing developments and bus services.

Victoria commented: “I thoroughly enjoyed travelling around North Oxfordshire today, meeting people over coffee and in the evening, a beer. It is important that residents are able to talk about matters that are close to their heart, and have the opportunity to asks questions ahead of the General Election.”

Throughout the rest of the campaign, Victoria will be visiting various places across North Oxfordshire. For further details, please visit www.victoriaprentis.com/general-election-2017/meet-victoria/.

Victoria visiting FLTR Coffee, Bicester.

Victoria at FLTR Coffee, Bicester.

It is likely that my freepost leaflet will be delivered to North Oxfordshire voters by the Royal Mail today, and the rest of this week. This leaflet, that all candidates are entitled to, was regretfully already booked in with the Royal Mail before the Manchester attack. Royal Mail have a legal obligation to deliver any leaflet within a certain time frame of receipt.

North Oxfordshire Conservative volunteers will not be delivering this leaflet.

My campaign remains suspended as a mark of respect for those who lost their lives in Manchester on Monday. I firmly believe that this is a time for us to all come together.

Victoria helps out local Conservative candidates

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Victoria has been helping out other local Conservative candidates with their General Election campaigns.

On 15 May, Victoria and a number of members of the North Oxfordshire Conservative Association travelled to Cheltenham to canvass for her friend and colleague Alex Chalk who was also a member of the Justice Committee during the last Parliament. The following day, Victoria joined candidate Resham Kotecha as she leafleted in Coventry North West.

Victoria commented: “It is always great to get out and support local colleagues, and I was really pleased to be able to join two brilliant candidates on the campaign trail. Alex did some very impressive work on the Justice Committee during his time in Parliament, and managed to make significant progress on legislation to prevent stalking. I know Resham through her work on Women2Win campaign group; she would be a fantastic representative for the people of Coventry North West.”

For more information on Alex Chalk, Conservative Candidate for Cheltenham, click here.

For Resham Kotecha’s Twitter feed, click here.

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New Baby Loss Memorial Tree planted in People’s Park

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On Friday 12 May, Victoria joined Revd Philip Cochrane and members of the public to plant a new Baby Loss Memorial Tree in People’s Park, Banbury. The new tree replaces one that was planted last year to mark Baby Loss Awareness Week, and was kindly donated by an anonymous Banbury resident.

Following the ceremony, Victoria said: “It was so sad to lose the first tree, but I am really grateful to the generous donor who has made sure that local people once again have a special place to remember lost babies and children. I was delighted to be involved in the re-planting, and I can’t wait to see the tree grow and flourish in the years to come.”

Baby Loss Awareness Week will take place on 9-15 October 2017.

Statement on the Secretary of State for Health’s visit to the Horton

‘I know that some people would have liked the opportunity to see Jeremy Hunt today.

 I completely understand that people are disappointed that they did not manage to see the Secretary of State today and ask him their questions about the future of the Horton. The  brief visit was arranged very recently and, until today, it was uncertain whether he would be able to come at all. Given the depth of feeling locally, I was worried that any advertising of his visit might result in a demonstration. While I strongly believe that there is a time and a place for peaceful protests, such as the Hands Around Our Horton event last year, this was not it. This was a private visit, in which I was able calmly to express our concerns.
 
While I have spoken to the Secretary of State about the Horton on a number of occasions, I have always felt it was vital that he should come and see the hospital and the local area for himself. We sat in the car in Oxford-bound traffic and I showed him several of the new housing developments, and told him about the rest. I gave him my response to the Clinical Commissioning Group’s recent consultation, which includes anonymised submissions from local residents about their concern for local healthcare services.  I was able to discuss the future of A&E, maternity and paediatrics with him in detail, to talk about our worries about the domino effect of service removal and to explain the results of the travel survey fully.  We were able to talk and listen to local people who passed by.
 
I have always believed the Horton to be above politics, and have valued the cross-party nature of our campaign. The fight is as personal for me as it is for everyone else who lives locally; it is a fight I am determined to win.  For me, the time I had today with the Secretary of State was simply the best opportunity to get our case across. That is why I did not publicise the visit in advance. By the end of his visit, the Secretary of State could have no doubt about the strength of feeling towards our much-needed local hospital.’
Victoria Prentis

Secretary of State for Health comes to Banbury

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On 11 May 2017, Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, visited Banbury. The Conservative candidate for North Oxfordshire, Victoria Prentis took the opportunity to show Mr Hunt the Horton General Hospital site, and its surrounding area. She was also able to give him a copy of her response to the Transformation Programme Phase One consultation and to explain in detail the challenges facing the Horton.

In particular, they focused on travel times to Oxford, population growth, traffic congestion and patient safety. They were also able to talk to local people, and experience part of the journey to Oxford.

Victoria Prentis commented: “I have frequently discussed the future of the Horton with Mr Hunt, and have invited him to visit the site for some time. I was very pleased that he was able to do so. It was very helpful that he could come to Banbury in order to understand our concerns

“The Horton is a worry for us all; I continue to work closely with local elected officials, as well as the Department for Health. We need acute services in Banbury. Despite the election campaign, we must continue to put pressure on the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to ensure the future of services at the Horton.” 

For further information on Victoria’s work with the Horton General Hospital, please visit www.victoriaprentis.com/horton-general-hospital/.

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Victoria Prentis hits the General Election campaign trail

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With the General Election campaign now in full swing, Victoria Prentis has been out and about with local Conservative supporters to deliver leaflets outlining her vision for North Oxfordshire in the coming years. Victoria has made it clear that she supports the strong leadership provided by Prime Minister Theresa May, and she stands by the Conservative commitment to support education, healthcare and defence.

Speaking after her first campaign action day, Victoria said: ‘It has been great to get out campaigning again. I really believe in Theresa May’s vision for a strong Britain, and I know that it will be right course for the people of North Oxfordshire as well as the country as a whole. However, the Horton General Hospital is always at the forefront of my mind, and I want to make it clear that it is just as important to me as the wider national issues. I look forward to discussing the opportunities and challenges facing North Oxfordshire in the years to come. I am sure there will be many lively discussions on the doorsteps!’

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