25 July 2014
Matt Hancock has been appointed the new Minister for Portsmouth - but how long will the job last?
An elderly man dies in a two-car crash near Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.
That's the end of today's updates. We'll be back on Tuesday with more news, sport, travel and weather.
Cloudy with some showery rain at first this evening.
It will be mostly dry overnight with some clear spells, allowing for a few mist or fog patches to develop.
The Thames Valley Road Policing team tweeted that this morning on Abingdon Road in Oxford they caught six drivers on their phones, 12 without their seatbelts on and five with no tax disc or MOT.
Two cars were seized as the drivers had no licence or car insurance.
Dr Sophie Duncan emailed us to say that volunteers are needed to abseil down St Mary Magdalen's Church in Oxford in aid of the Oxford Sexual Abuse & Rape Crisis Centre on 4 October.
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Cherwell District Council is holding its executive meeting this evening from 18:30. You can follow agenda items via a live webcast.
You've been sending in your comments on the Drivetime 'should we eat meat' discussion on BBC Radio Oxford's Facebook page.
Hugh Warwick writes: "Of course you should give up meat - or at least keep it as a treat. Better for you, better for the planet and far better for the animals tortured in the industrial process of killing."
Darren Grant writes: "We shouldn't give up on meat but we should eat less. Eating so much meat is as bad for health as it is the environment. The problem is the price paid for meat does not reflect the true cost of producing it."
In the news at 17:00 with Rachel Hicks: Drainage maintenance work is due to take place on the A34 in Oxfordshire this week.
A lane closure will be in place on the northbound carriageway between West Ilsley and Milton Interchange, overnight, between 22:00 and 06:00 BST.
The work will go on for two weeks, weeknights only, starting tonight.
An appeal has been lodged over the refusal of plans to turn a former Henley pub into a house.
Brakspear applied to convert the Rose and Crown, a Grade II listed pub in New Street, into a six-bedroom home. The pub closed in August last year.
Prime Minister David Cameron has sent a statement about Sir Tony Baldry after the MP's decision to stand down next year saying he had been "a first class MP for 32 years".
"He has held various ministerial posts and served the people of North Oxfordshire with great dedication and vigour", he said.
"Not only has he been the finest example of an MP, but he will also be missed by the party and by me, personally, as a friend."
RSPCA Oxfordshire has just posted this photo of this little rabbit looking for a home.
They write: "One of the new very sweet additions to the Oxfordshire Branch. Ready to be rehomed in the near future."
There is a forum on food poverty in Oxford next month. Feeding the Gaps will discuss how to stop wasting food in the city, how residents in need can have access to enough food and also the right kind of food to eat a balanced diet.
In the news at 16:00: Following the news that longstanding Banbury MP Sir Tony Baldry is to stand down next year, Henley MP John Howell says 31 years as a Member of Parliament is a huge achievement.
On the Drivetime show from 16:00 I'll be discussing Sir Tony Baldry's decision to stand down with Banbury Conservatives chair Kieron Mallon.
And following today's news about scientists' claims that we need to eat less meat, I'll be talking to Gareth Lloyd from Jericho who was voted Britain's sexiest vegan earlier this year.
North Oxfordshire Conservative Association chairman Michael Curry has paid tribute to MP Sir Tony Baldry who will step down next year.
He said: "Sir Tony has been a fantastic MP for North Oxfordshire and I would like to thank him for his exemplary service.
"In particular we will always be grateful for the continued success of the Horton General Hospital in Banbury and the new Bicester Community Hospital."
He said the executive council would meet soon to start the process of selecting a candidate to contest next year's General Election.
New 20mph flash signs will be installed on Thursday near Queensway Primary School following concerns from parents.
The signs are a result of a partnership between the headteacher and Oxfordshire County Council.
More than £2,300 from developers of a nearby housing scheme was secured to fund the project.
Check out BBC Radio Oxford's photos of the Big Feastival, including this one of DJ Norman Jay.
The three day event took place on Blur bassist Alex James's farm in Cotswolds.
In the news at 15:00: A prestigious accolade has been won by an Oxfordshire photographer.
A Life At Sea For Nesting Gannets is an image of a gannet breeding colony shot in the Shetland Isles, by Ruth Asher from Cholsey.
It took the habitat category at the British Wildlife Photography Awards - one of 16 prizes given out at the annual event.
Listen out from about 15:00 on Kat Orman's BBC Radio Oxford show to hear a conversation with Atonement author Ian McEwan.
How did he start out as an author? How does the seed of a book begin? What was it like to see Atonement as a film? This and more later!
Watch the moving tribute to Skye Hall by his brother Jesse on Youtube here.
Skye from Abingdon died just a year after he was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour.
Kimberley Gann wrote: "To scotland: just do it already! If they didnt want to then they wouldnt of brought it up."
Spencer Hughes-Morris added: "any chance of a referendum if WE want or don't want Scotland."
Councillors in South Oxfordshire are to be warned not to misuse their titles as a result of the David Silvester affair.
Oxford Brookes University has announced 85-year-old Sir Roger Bannister, who became the first man to run a mile in less than four minutes, will receive an honorary doctorate as part of this week's graduation ceremonies.
Sir Roger will join students completing their studies from the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences in a ceremony on Wednesday.
In the news at 13:00, Sir Tony Baldry, the North Oxfordshire MP who is standing down at the next General Election, tells BBC Radio Oxford's Malcolm Boyden he didn't want to be seen as a "lame duck".
Coming up on Kat Orman's show from 13:00, you can hear her chat with Alex James and Jamie Oliver at their Big Feastival event that took place on Alex's farm in The Cotswolds over the weekend.
Among other topics, the Blur bassist and celebrity chef talk to Kat about the beginning of their friendship.
The Fulscot Road railway bridge between Didcot and South Moreton reopened to traffic on Friday after it was shut for nine months to be rebuilt as part of a £1bn rail electrification programme.
The family of Skye Hall, who lost his battle with cancer last week, said his younger brother Jesse would now try to complete his loom band mission in his memory.
The five-year-old, from Abingdon, died on Friday just a year after he was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour.
He started a challenge called Loom to the Moon, to create the world's longest loom band, in a bid to raise money for brain tumour research.
In the news at 12:00, Skye Hall from Abingdon has lost his battle with an aggressive brain tumour just over a year after being diagnosed.
Speaking just two days before his son's death, Andrew Hall told BBC Radio Oxford he hoped the five-year-old's legacy will live on.
A former soldier was arrested and spent 12 hours locked up in a police cell after a former colleague reported him for a made-up robbery.
A dictionary has finally been completed after more than a century of accumulating entries.
The 17-volume dictionary of medieval Latin, launched in 1913, has reached its final definition, "zythum", a type of fermented malt drink.
The editor, Richard Ashdowne, from Oxford University's classics faculty, said such a laborious, long-term project would never be initiated now.
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Sir Tony Baldry, who has been an MP since 1983, has announced he is to stand down next year.
The Conservative member for North Oxfordshire said: "One of the consequences of now having five-year fixed-term parliaments is that if I succeed in being re-elected at the forthcoming general election, given my age, most people will assume that parliament will be my last.
"I think this creates a danger that I may be unable to be as effective as I would wish to be.
"I will always be extremely grateful for the friendship and support that I have had from so many constituents over so many years."
One hundred more nurses are needed to meet targets for staffing Oxfordshire hospitals, it has been claimed.
It's after a BBC investigation revealed there's a shortage of nurses on nearly two thirds of shifts at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford compared to a level recommended by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).
Victoria Cooling from the RCN in Oxfordshire says the cost of living here has deterred nurses.
In a statement, the Department of Health said their plans to ensure safe staffing levels in the NHS are working and they already have 5,479 more nurses in hospitals than last year.
More on the news that North Oxfordshire MP Sir Tony Baldry has announced he is to quit.
He's tweeted: After careful thought over summer recess & discussions with my family, I have decided to stand down at the next General Election.
It goes without saying that I shall continue to work as hard as possible for my constituents until this Parliament is prorogued next year.
Conservative MP for North Oxfordshire Sir Tony Baldry has announced he is to stand down at the General Election next year.
An Oyster-style travel card for Oxfordshire is being hampered by technology wrangles, it has been claimed.
There's a shortage of nurses on nearly two thirds of shifts at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, a BBC investigation has revealed.
Its compared to staffing levels recommended by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) for good quality care.
Across the South, more than three quarters of shifts didn't meet the RCN recommended staffing level.
In the news at 10:00: A BBC investigation has revealed there are too few nurses on nearly two thirds of shifts at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.
A health policy analyst and former NHS Trust chairman Roy Lilley says it comes down to a lack of funds.
Oxford United picked up their first point of the season in a six-goal thriller on Saturday but it wasn't enough to get them out of the League Two relegation spots.
Danny Hylton netted twice against Dagenham and Redbridge but the game ended 3-3.
U's manager Michael Appleton is still hoping to bring in a new face before the transfer deadline at 23:00 tonight.
The contraflow on the Oxford ring road southern bypass between Hinskey and Heyford Hill is causing real delays.
There are A34 queues southbound to Hinksey from the M40 junction 9 for Bicester of up to 40 minutes.
Northbound, Marcham to Hinksey is queued with 20-minute delays.
A pharmacy chain is closing its shop in the centre of Witney and moving to a health centre
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A five-year-old boy with a brain tumour who started a world record for creating the longest loom band passed away on Friday.
Skye Hall, from Abingdon, was paralysed from the shoulders down having been diagnosed in August last year.
His Loom to the Moon idea encouraged people to send him loom bands to add to the record attempt as well donating to the charity set up by his parents called Blue Skye Thinking - which is aimed at speeding up brain tumour research.
In the news at 09:00: Skye Hall, from Abingdon, has lost his battle with an aggressive brain tumour just over a year after being diagnosed.
Speaking just two days before his son's death, Andrew Hall told BBC Radio Oxford he hoped the five-year-old's legacy will live on.
An Oxford pub shut its doors for the last time on Saturday after recent incidents involving violence and drug use.
Police are trying to find a woman missing from her home in Stanford in the Vale, Faringdon.
Laura Robey, 34, who also goes by the names Poppy Brett and Poppy Lewis, was last seen in the early hours of last Wednesday.
Police are concerned about her welfare due to her state of health. It is thought she may have made her way towards central London and is driving a black Saab, registration plate starting LC05.
Back to school traffic is expected to put extra pressure on Oxford's ring road this morning.
Drivers are being urged to plan ahead and avoid queues around Kennington. The roundabout is currently being upgraded to a hamburger-style interchange.
Cloudy and damp with light rain through the morning.
It will become drier later with some bright spells. Turning chilly and misty tonight. Highs of 20C (68F).
Here's the picture in Oxford today.
There are long delays on the A34 southbound from junction 9 for Bicester of the M40 to the Hinksey Hill interchange.
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