VICTORIA PRENTIS OPENS NEW BICESTER TECHNOLOGY STUDIO

On 23 June 2017, Victoria Prentis attended the opening of the Bicester Technology Studio. The new school offers 110 places for students studying both GCSEs and A-Levels, with a particular focus on business and engineering. With a variety of opportunities available, the Studio aims to ensure that every student leaves with the skills to continue into further education, start an apprenticeship or enter the world of work. The Bicester Technology Studio is generously supported by local employers and industry partners, including Ror Creative, Chiltern Railways, and RED Engineering.

Commenting after the grand opening, Victoria said: ‘It was a real pleasure to open the new Bicester Technology Studio. I was very impressed by the hands-on, small-group learning approach, and I hope to see pupils flourish into future business leaders and innovators. North Oxfordshire is a fantastic place to do business and it is really exciting to see a greater focus on green and developing industries. I wish the Bicester Technology Studio, and its pupils, staff and partners, the best of luck with this new opportunity.’

VICTORIA PRENTIS MP VISITS WYNDHAM HALL CARE HOME

On Friday 23 June, North Oxfordshire MP Victoria Prentis visited Wyndham Hall Care Home, one of Bicester’s newest care homes.  

While she was there, Victoria talked to staff about the pressures on social care, and recognition of workers. They also discussed care assessments and the needs of residents in nursing homes across Oxfordshire.

Victoria’s visit came a week after the National Care Home Open Day, an awareness day to encourage local communities and the residents of care homes to come together with the aim of reinforcing how residents and staff should be an integral part of their local community.

Victoria commented:

“It was a privilege to meet the residents and staff at Wyndham Hall. My visit provided me with the opportunity to speak at length with carers, all of whom show great dedication and commitment to delivering outstanding care.

“The visit also allowed for a discussion of the current pressures facing social care which relies on there being sufficient staff because of the high level of support many people need. It was really clear from my conversations that it is important for care homes to interact with local people to avoid isolation and enrich the lives of residents. Schemes such as National Care Home Open Day are crucial because they connect residents to their communities and include them in what is going on outside of their care home. It is essential that we raise awareness of these issues.”

More information on National Care Home Open Day and their cause is available at:

 http://www.carehomeopenday.org.uk/

VICTORIA PRENTIS MP ATTENDS CLINICAL COMMISSIONING GROUP EXTRAORDINARY BOARD MEETING

On Tuesday 20 June, North Oxfordshire MP Victoria Prentis attended the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s Board meeting during which the Transformation Programme Phase One consultation report was discussed.

While the meeting was in public, attendees were unable to ask questions. However, Victoria had written to Chief Executive David Smith beforehand to raise a number of points regarding the subsequent consultation process, and how the proposals would be taken forward. Speaking after the meeting, Victoria said:

“I was pleased to have the opportunity to attend the meeting, and to hear the Board discuss the consultation report. A wide range of questions were asked about the process and the findings. While I was disappointed to hear the Board reach the conclusion that the consultation process has been adequate, I remain concerned about the two-phase approach and how proposals will proceed. It is quite clear from the report that there is insufficient support for any of the plans in the north of the county.

“My understanding is that the CCG is now going to look at their proposals again, and carry out some further work to look at their feasibility before they make recommendations which will be considered at the next extraordinary Board meeting on 10 August. They have also commissioned HealthWatch to undertake their own travel survey about the distances people are travelling to get to the Horton and the John Radcliffe. I am worried that this is a case of too little too late. I urge the CCG to keep us updated with progress over the coming weeks, so we have a better understanding of the way forward before any final decisions are made in August.”

VICTORIA PRENTIS MP COMMENTS ON OCCG PHASE ONE CONSULTATION REPORT

Following the publication of the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s report on findings from their Phase One consultation, North Oxfordshire MP Victoria Prentis has commented:

“I have read the Clinical Commissioning Group’s report and think it provides a comprehensive overview of the Phase One consultation findings. While I appreciate that CCG Board members will have the opportunity to look at the report when they meet next week, I am keen to understand what the next steps will be as soon as possible.

“We know that the Board will be making decisions in August, but at the moment we have no idea what the final proposals will look like. It is quite clear from the report that consultees were not given sufficient information to provide informed responses. I continue to be extremely concerned about the split nature of the consultation.

“How we move forward remains unclear, but I will be doing all I can to get the answers we need and to retain acute services at the Horton General Hospital.”

Victoria has also written directly to the Chief Executive of the Clinical Commissioning Group to seek clarification on the timetable going forward.

The Consultation Report is available at: http://www.oxfordshireccg.nhs.uk/documents/meetings/board/2017/06/2017-06-13-final-consultation-report.pdf

Victoria’s official response to the consultation can be found at: http://victoriaprentis.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/170407-Victoria-Prentis-MP-Oxon-CCG-Transformation-Programme-submission-FINAL.pdf

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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