Tag Archives: oxford

By-election update: Labour’s Oxford by-election tactics slammed

Election count progressingThere were three principal Council by-elections this week in Oxford, Shepway and Surrey Heath.

In Carfax ward (Oxford City Council) Labour held on with 168 votes (44.2%; +15.6%). Tony Brett, the Liberal Democrat candidate who finished fourth in May’s local election, came a respectable second with 101 votes (26.6%) and increase of 9% since May. The Green Party slipped from first in May to third on Thursday with 16.6% (-14.2%). The Conservatives and UKIP both polled 24 votes (6.3%).

Turnout in the ward was a record low of just 8.6%. …

Posted in Council by-elections and News | Also tagged , and | 23 Comments

Opinion: We can’t let councils discriminate against house-sharers

With the option of becoming a first-time buyer becoming ever more elusive for young adults, increasing numbers are turning to the Private Rented Sector (PRS) for their housing. Nationally there will soon be more tenants living in the PRS than in social housing. In areas with high housing costs and in university cities with a young population, the PRS has become a major part of the housing mix.

This shift in occupancy type has led to rather rapid changes to some communities, which has …

Posted in Op-eds | Also tagged and | 5 Comments

Opinion: In pursuit of excellence

Earlier this month David Lammy MP highlighted the problem of the low number of black students admitted to Oxford and Cambridge Universities and called it the ‘Oxbridge Whitewash’. He wrote in the Guardian (6 Dec):

“Just one British black Caribbean student was admitted to Oxford last year. That is not a misprint: one student. Merton College, Oxford, has not admitted a single black student for five years. At Robinson College, Cambridge, a white applicant is four times more likely to be successful than a black applicant. Last year, 292 black students achieved three A grades at A-level and 475 black

Posted in Op-eds | Also tagged , , , , and | 15 Comments
Advert



Recent Comments

  • User Avatarexpats 27th Aug - 12:11pm
    Jane Ann Liston 27th Aug '16 - 9:50am................. I accept the point about East Coast, though as I’m sure that is one of the more...
  • User AvatarJohn Roffey 27th Aug - 11:56am
    'balanced'
  • User AvatarJohn Roffey 27th Aug - 11:54am
    I thought this a balanced commentary from the BBC: Hillary Clinton's flaws - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-us-2016-37188339 Basically this is a bare knuckle fight for the Presidency between...
  • User AvatarKaterina Porter 27th Aug - 11:35am
    PS Pupils from comprehensives do go to Oxbridge, and when they do they tend do very well in the finals.
  • User AvatarSimon Shaw 27th Aug - 11:27am
    @Stevan Rose " 'I won’t make any comment on this video' How about paranoid conspiracy theorist makes up story surrounding a snippet of uncorroborated news."...
  • User AvatarRichard Underhill 27th Aug - 11:00am
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-eu-referendum-37202922 petermartin2001 26th Aug '16 - 9:39pm Trade links are also a major factor. The UK and the Republic of Ireland had a fixed exchange...