Listening to Bicester [Video]

 

We spent a few hours in Bicester on Saturday talking to local residents about what was important to them.  Even though it rained the whole time, we had some great conversations with people there, and I was really encouraged by the number of people who promised me their vote.

The predominant discussions were over the climate emergency and threats to the NHS.  The state of the local high street was also a point of contention and as a retail campaigner, that was something I found very interesting.

Brexit was hardly mentioned though, which was also interesting given the strength of feeling on both sides during the referendum debate when I also ran a street stall in the town.

Here’s a video with a few thoughts about what was discussed.

We’ll be in Banbury next weekend.  Let’s hope the weather is kinder!

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About Ian Middleton

Ian writes a regular column for Retail Week Magazine and also writes for Huffington Post and other new media platforms as well as contributing comment pieces for national newspapers and magazines. He is the Green Party Parliamentary candidate for Banbury in North Oxfordshire and a district and parish councillor in Cherwell in Oxfordshire. Ian has appeared on TV and local and national radio talking about politics and retail. He is an ethical entrepreneur with areas of expertise in retail and social entrepreneurship, but he also writes and comments on music, food, the environment, ethical consumerism, technology, renewable energy and animal and human rights. He is also a trained psychologist, musician, runner, hiker, allotmenteer, vegan, humanist and committed atheist.

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