MISS Oxfordshire is preparing for two very different challenges in the coming weeks.

Oxford Brookes student Alex Evangelou is aiming to become both a city councillor and take the Miss England prize.

The 24-year-old is standing as an independent candidate in the Churchill ward – the same one as current Oxford City Council leader, Susan Brown.

She said: “My main ethos is to make South Park safe, there’s been fights and assaults there, and it’s a huge safety concern.

“Women don’t feel safe but having lights and CCTV will help that.

“I’m doing this as a single issue campaign and will stand down when that is resolved.”

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Unperturbed by her lack of political experience, Miss Evangelou has been receiving support from politics students at Brookes.

She said: “As long as you’re passionate about what you’re doing, that can overcome the lack of experience.”

In addition to standing as a councillor, Miss Evangelou is also preparing for the Miss England finals now a date has been set for the contest.

On June 24, Alex Evangelou will battle it out against 27 fellow contestants for the coveted prize, after the contest was postponed three times due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The reigning Miss England, Bhasha Mukherjee, will crown the new Miss England, who will then go to the 70th Miss World finals in Puerto Rico in December.

In preparation for the finals, Miss Evangelou has been getting involved in community work across the county, working with the homeless charity, Crisis, while also collecting donations for Oxford Food Hub.