25 July 2014
Matt Hancock has been appointed the new Minister for Portsmouth - but how long will the job last?
The great-grandson of former Prime Minister Herbert Asquith is elected as a new hereditary member of the House of Lords.
Meet the 18-year-old Brit girl beating the boys - and challenging notions of what women could achieve in motorcyling's elite.
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Coming up on BBC South Today at 18:30: Half the councils in the south have unlawfully housed homeless families in bed and breakfast accommodation for more than six weeks in the past year.
Guest houses are supposed to be a short-term solution while families wait to be housed in council accommodation.
In June 2013 there were 206 families with children who had been living in long-term bed and breakfast accommodation across the region.
It will be a milder night with generally cloudy conditions which may become thick enough to give the odd spot of rain in places.
Some patchy hill fog is likely to affect higher ground, such as the Chilterns.
Lows of 8C (46F)
Pupils at a Chipping Norton school have been telling David Cameron what they want from proposals for new housing next to their school.
The children from Holy Trinity Primary School presented the Prime Minister with letters saying they want land set aside for new playing fields if a proposal for 500 homes at Tank Farm goes ahead.
Traffic on the A34 northbound is heavy between Peartree and junction 9 of the M40.
For all the latest on the county's roads visit the BBC website.
A Remembrance Sunday service is being organised in West Oxfordshire to mark World War One's centenary year.
District council chairman Norman McRae is co-ordinating which will be held on 9 November at the Memorial Garden in Monahan Way.
The Cotswolds Conservation Board is looking for three people to help manage the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
The new members are being recruited as part of a national campaign by the Secretary of State for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to help conserve and enhance the AONB.
A plan outlining where new homes could be built in West Oxfordshire has been delayed after the district council received more feedback than it expected.
More than 3,000 comments were made by about 500 people and organisations to West Oxfordshire District Council during a public consultation on its draft Local Plan.
It proposes 9,450 homes to be built at allocated sites in the district.
Bernie Ecclestone has said Caterham should quit Formula One after its recent financial problems.
He made the comment to The Sun newspaper.
It follows news on Tuesday that its associate company, which manufactures its cars, had gone into administration.
Oxford United striker Danny Hylton praised the team's character after they came from behind to beat Northampton Town at Sixfields.
He struck his ninth and 10th goals of the season to help seal victory after they had fallen behind early on.
An overwhelming number of comments about West Oxfordshire's draft local plans has delayed progress with the planning document.
A six-week consultation on the strategy, setting out possible sites for thousands of new homes in the district, attracted 3,000 responses.
Find out more on BBC Radio Oxford at 16:00.
Is a tunnel under North Oxford the best way to solve traffic problems?
Hugh Jaeger, chairman of Oxford Bus Users, says tunnels are very costly and building them emits a lot of carbon.
While John Bleach, Wolvercote Neighbourhood Forum committee member, believes segregation of different types of traffic by creating different levels is the ideal solution.
Rail commuters face short notice cancellations and delays, Chiltern Railways has warned.
Disruption comes after a tree fell on the line at Seer Green in Buckinghamshire.
A three-week festival to celebrate life and death starts today in Oxfordshire.
The Kicking The Bucket festival aims to break the taboo of talking about death.
It'll feature more than 40 events on the theme of life, death and dying, including jazz concerts, puppet shows and public debates.
Academic staff at Oxford University and Ruskin College have voted for industrial action in a row over changes to pensions.
In the ballot of members of the University and College Union (UCU) in 69 UK universities, 78% voted for strike action and 87% voted for action short of a strike, which could include a marking boycott.
Cigarettes and tobacco have been stolen from a post office in Uffington, Thames Valley Police has said.
Raiders forced the doors to the branch in Broad Street in the early hours of last Thursday.
Once inside, they conducted an untidy search and stole cigarettes and tobacco.
Oxfordshire's Georgina Polden has been talking to BBC Sport about her dream of becoming the first woman to race in MotoGP.
She said: "I just want to be treated like everyone else.
"To any parents wondering if motorcycling is the right sport for their little girl, I wouldn't worry about it. It can be dangerous and scary but it's good to live life on the edge a little bit."
Oxford United have risen to 19th place in League Two after their 3-1 win at Northampton last night.
Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder blamed the defeat on "five minutes of madness" after U's striker Danny Hylton scored two goals in the space of three minutes in the first half.
We've been talking about Oxfordshire's housing shortage all day. Over on our Facebook page, we've been asking you if its selfish to live in a house that is too big for you?
Amy Swanson said: "If you have the money to buy the kind of house/flat/bungalow etc that you have always wanted I don't see what the problem is."
Julie Gage added: "I would be very annoyed if someone asked me to leave a lovely home that I'd put lots of money in and had all my family there."
Maureen Hogg writes: "I'm in a two bed house would love too go into a one bed but there are no council one bedroom going."
At least 20 prostitutes worked in the Jericho property, which was described as a "sophisticated operation" by a recorder at Oxford Crown Court.
Edwina Kalay, Lisa York and Amy Gabriel all admitted one count of keeping or managing a brothel used for prostitution in Cranham Street.
Coming up on BBC Radio Oxford at 13:00: There's been an "avalanche" of responses to a draft local plan for West Oxfordshire.
It's meant the next stage in preparing the planning document has been set back, while the authority processes the comments.
Tributes have been paid to Britain's longest serving scout who has died at the age of 99.
Reg Hayes, of Cowley, Oxford, only retired from the Scout Association in 2010 after 87 years.
Phil Earl, the Oxfordshire Scouting volunteer manager, said: "His contribution to scouting in Oxford was unfailing and he touched the lives of countless young people and families through his work."
You've been sharing your views on the housing shortage in Oxfordshire over on our Facebook page.
Laura Walton said: "I think new homes should be built only for people who already live (with parents) or work in the area. Why should our green spaces be built on for people who live in London to buy, pushing the price up so normal people cant afford to buy them?"
Jane Magpie added: "No one likes to say this but we need to encourage people to have LESS children.
"Not to have children until people can afford to have them ie have a home and a job."
Councillors are to inspect the site of a proposed 270-home development in Witney.
Members of West Oxfordshire District Council's lowlands area planning sub-committee are to inspect the site off Burford Road before making a decision on the outline application from Gladman Developments.
Coming up on BBC Radio Oxford at noon: The brains of people who stammer are to be stimulated by electrical currents by scientists in Oxford working on a new treatment.
In the trial, volunteers will be asked to speak to the time of a metronome whilst voltage is applied to their heads.
If you live in a house that's too big for you, should you make way for families that need more space?
You've been sharing your views on our Facebook page.
Paul Worth said: "If you've bought it because you had a family and they have left, why should you have to leave your home that is yours??"
Pedro Almeida added: "Couple with one baby. We live in a 3 bed house. Don't think I'm selfish as we are thinking about the future. (buying house instead of council house)."
The A34 Western Bypass Road entry slip road is partially blocked southbound at Peartree interchange because of an accident involving four vehicles.
For all the latest on Oxfordshire's roads visit the BBC website.
Oxford United made it three wins from four on Tuesday night as they came from behind to beat Northampton in League Two.
After Enda Stevens gave the Cobblers the lead, Danny Hylton scored twice to lead the U's to a 3-1 win.
Coming up on BBC Radio Oxford at 11:00: There's reassurance that work to build new slip roads on the A34 at Chilton later this year won't cause more severe disruption.
The business case has been approved by the county council which now needs to appoint somebody to build them.
How big is your house? Is it selfish to live in one that's too big for you?
On BBC Radio Oxford we've been talking about the housing shortage in the county.
But why can't a couple live in a three bedroom house, or a single person live in a four bedroom house?
More than 100 patients had to wait over an hour in ambulances outside Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital last year.
There were 117 cases where it took more than an hour for ambulance crews to "hand over" patients.
Hospital managers said A&E demand was rising and staff were "exceptionally busy".
Thames Valley Police is trying to trace a woman who appeared distressed in Oxford in the early hours of Saturday.
She approached another woman in Between Towns Road, Cowley, and told her she was the victim of a sexual offence.
Det Sgt Wojciech Spyt, from Oxford CID, said: "I would like the woman to get in touch with officers so that we can check upon her welfare."
In the 1970s, idealistic young activists created a wave of experimental schools - no compulsory lessons, no timetables, no rules.
John Ord (pictured), who is now an Labour councillor in Oxfordshire, was one of the teachers who began an experiment in Liverpool.
There's a call for more affordable homes in Oxfordshire as the scale of the housing crisis has been revealed.
Three councils in the county have unlawfully housed homeless families in bed and breakfasts for more than six weeks in the past year.
More on BBC Radio Oxford at 10:00.
There are reports of delays due to a two-car accident at the junction of the A361 High Street and Barns Lane in Burford.
All approaches to the Headington roundabout are also very heavy.
For all the latest on Oxfordshire's roads visit the BBC website.
An investigation into a blaze at Didcot B power station has been focusing on a possible fault with a cooling fan unit in one of the cooling towers.
Four cooling towers at the gas-fired station were burnt out in a major blaze on Sunday night.
Electrical brain stimulation is to be used in a trial to treat stammering by scientists at the University of Oxford.
Volunteers with stammers will be asked to speak to the time of a metronome, whilst a weak voltage is applied to their scalps using electrodes.
Homeless families have been unlawfully housed in bed and breakfasts for more than six weeks in the past year by half of the councils in the south.
The Vale of White Horse, Cherwell and West Oxfordshire councils are among the authorities.
More on BBC Radio Oxford at 09:00.
A coroner has warned young cyclists to ensure their BMX bikes have brakes after the death of a 12-year-old boy.
Mateusz Kucinski was riding in Charney Road, Southmoor, near Abingdon, on April 12, when he collided with a car on the A420, Oxfordshire Coroner's Court heard yesterday.
Five police officers have been served with gross misconduct notices after an Oxfordshire man died following his arrest.
Duncan Tomlin, 32, formerly of Woodstock, was detained on 26 July and put in a police van in Ryecroft, Haywards Heath, Sussex.
After becoming unwell, he was taken out of the van and given CPR. He was taken to hospital where he later died.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said a police sergeant and four PCs will be interviewed.
On BBC Radio Oxford this morning I'm doing a housing special. What impact is Oxfordshire's housing shortage having on you and your family?
If you live in a place where expansion is planned, like Bodicote where I am now, how do you think this affect your local community?
Delays of up to 15 minutes are possible on First Great Western services between London Paddington and Reading due to a signalling problem.
There are the usual queues on the A44 into Oxford from the Yarnton to the Wolvercote roundabout - as a result Stagecoach has reported some delays to S3 buses.
It will be a cooler start today, but there should be plenty of sunshine this morning with much lighter winds than yesterday.
It should remain dry through the afternoon, however it is set to turn cloudier and breezier as well.
Highs of 12C (54F).
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