It has been a busy time in the world of Oxfordshire politics with the budget being set and former Labour councillors reacting to this week's news on the Gaza ceasefire vote.
You will have seen in last week's newsletter that the excellent Albert Tait has now departed to take up a reporting role at The Telegraph.
We will have more news on his replacement in due course.
In the meantime, let's take a look at the main stories this week.
Tuesday's budget meeting at County Hall was a marathon nine and a half hours which our Local Democracy Reporter Noor Qurashi sat through.
The main point of contention during this epic session was the backlash to the workplace parking levy being introduced by the county council.
Enraged teachers have labelled the authority “outrageous” and “unethical” when introducing these increased parking charges in schools.
A letter read out from the deputy headteacher of St Frideswide Primary School stated: “You are asking school and staff with no additional funding to pay £600 a year for the privilege of working in Oxford.
“This is outrageous.
“If you continue to add further financial penalties to staff, we will not have enough teachers.”
It came amid the backdrop of a maximum council tax rise of 4.99 per cent being introduced as well as a pay rise for councillors.
Safe to say not everyone is as united on the budget as the Liberal Democrat Green Alliance group was when siding with Labour.
Elsewhere, city councillors who quit the Labour Party at the end of last year have ruled out returning now Sir Keir Starmer has called for a ceasefire in Gaza.
Amar Latif, Ajaz Rehman and Shaista Aziz were among 10 Oxford councillors to resign from Labour towards the end of last year after party leader Sir Keir Starmer suggested Israel had a right to cut off food and water from Gaza.
Sir Keir’s comment came after the deadliest attack on Israel in decades and an intense Israeli bombing campaign of Palestinians.
But those rebel councillors have now refused to return to the party on the back of this week's national news coming out of Labour.
Independent councillor Ajaz Rehman believes there is "no genuine intent" for a ceasefire.
In his view, the Labour party is merely trying to appease the majority to avoid further backlash.
But Oxford East MP Anneliese Dodds said the amendment addresses the need to end the conflict now, but also sets out the pathway to stopping the fighting permanently.
The city councillors were emphatic and unanimous in saying their departure from Labour is a deep-rooted decision which is unlikely to be reversed anytime soon.
It would require more than an amendment on the ceasefire to change their minds it seems.
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