First of all, apologies for the lack of posts this week. I have been busy with work, and Hazel has been relatively quiet - for her, anyway. There's a story brewing in Oxford, where Hazel has apparently approved 4,000 new houses in the Grenoble Road area. Two Conservative MPs, Tony Baldry and the newly elected MP for Henley John Howell, are protesting her decision.
Oxfordshire is an interesting place politically. For example, Oxford City Council doesn't have a single Conservative councillor on it, and yet 4 out of the 6 MPs who represent Oxfordshire are Conservatives with very safe majorities; this includes David Cameron in Witney. The Lib Dems have one seat in Oxford West and Abingdon, where the sitting MP has a solid majority over the Conservatives; Labour are a distant third. The only Labour constituency in Oxfordshire is Oxford East, where the MP, Andrew Smith, recorded a majority of just 963 over the Lib Dems in 2005.
I don't know the layout of Oxford well, but a simple Google search reveals that the postcodes near and around Grenoble Road all start OX4 4--. And every time I put a postcode that begins in this fashion into an MP-finder, I get the same result. This example is with OX4 4XP. What a surprise; these 4,000 new and apparently affordable homes are to be built in the one Oxfordshire constituency where Labour are holding on by their scrotum.