Police were called to the scene of an incident involving a campaign van for an Oxford councillor who ran to be Wycombe's next MP.

Ajaz Rehman currently represents the Lye Valley ward as an Independent Group councillor but put up the fight to represent residents in the Buckinghamshire seat.

He received 1,913 votes, polling behind the main parties which included Labour's Emma Reynolds who won the election with 16,035.

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According to a source, an incident had occurred in relation to a "filmed altercation prompted by a vehicle that was carrying an advert" for Mr Rehman.

The van was seen stopped at the junction of Middlebrook Road and the Pastures in the Downley area as police swooped in near the neighbouring polling station.

The campaign van in question.The campaign van in question. (Image: Contribution.)

Footage shows men exchanging words with the driver opposite the Vibe Church.

A Thames Valley Police spokesman said: "We had a report at around 12.35pm on Thursday, July 4 of a vehicle with a speaker breaching the peace but officers attended and found no crimes had been committed and teller rules were being followed."

Speaking to us, Mr Rehman said he was aware of the report but had heard "nothing since".

He said he was "very happy with the result" of his campaign, which was "comparatively very good especially with a campaign in another constituency".

He added: "A new group Wycombe for Change wanted a candidate to stand in Wycombe 

"Its aim is to launch local candidates in their upcoming local elections May 2025.

Ajaz Rehman.Ajaz Rehman. (Image: Contribution.)

"I represent and serve Lye Valley residents and will continue to do so. 

"It was a good experience and I learnt a lot."

Mr Rehman resigned from the Labour party in November last year after taking issue with its rhetoric around conflict in Gaza.

A spokesman for his campaign said: "His resignation was prompted by the Labour Party's stance on the atrocities occurring in Palestine, which Mr. Rehman found to be unacceptable and contrary to his principles."

Keir Starmer.Keir Starmer. (Image: PA.)

A total of 10 Oxford councillors resigned from the Labour party over the issue.

Labour now says it is calling for an "immediate ceasefire" in Gaza but its leader Keir Starmer had suggested in October last year Israel "has the right" to cut off food and water from Gaza in an LBC interview which prompted outrage in some circles.

Speaking ahead of the election, Mr Rehman had said: "I believe that politics should be about serving the community and standing up for what is right. My commitment has and will always be to the community first. It’s our chance to put Wycombe first."

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About the author

Noor is the Local Democracy Reporter for Oxfordshire who covers political stories from across the county

She began working as a journalist in Oxford in September 2023 having graduated from the University of Oxford.

Noor was trained at the News Associates journalism school and can be found on X through the handle @NoorJQurashi