Author Archives: Keith R Mitchell CBE

About Keith R Mitchell CBE

Qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1967. Pursued a successful career in financial training and publishing until selling his interests in 1990. Elected a County Councillor for the Bloxham Division in 1989. Leader of Oxfordshire County Council 5 November 2001 to 15 May 2012. Chairman of the South East England Regional Planning Committee July 2002 to July 2005. Chairman of the South East England Regional Assembly July 2005 to July 2008. In HM the Queen’s 2007 Birthday Honours, appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of services to local government.

The delightful irony of politics

Although I have forsaken any real involvement in national political life, I do enjoy the ironies that come with politics.  The best irony I have seen for years is the relative positions of the Conservative and Labour parties.  It was always … Continue reading

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Let Blair blather …

People are getting exercised about ex-PM Tony Blair calling on people to change their minds about membership of the European Union and to hold a second referendum. I am very relaxed about Mr Blair’s blather, in fact I welcome his … Continue reading

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Green Belt – friend or foe?

The Green Belt has been with us for more than 60 years.  Its evolution can be traced back to 1935 when the Greater London Regional Planning Committee proposed its establishment around London to prevent our capital simply growing outwards. The … Continue reading

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Open doors

We have had several lots of workmen at our home recently and they have all exhibited a single interesting characteristic.  They were all congenitally incapable of closing a door behind them.  This applied to the door by which they entered … Continue reading

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Two losses to our community

I am sorry to learn of two deaths in quick succession in the new year both of people who had given much to their local communities. Marie Corney died on 22 December in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, aged 78.  Loving wife … Continue reading

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Garden towns and villages

Today’s news of the government’s plans for 3 new garden towns and 14 garden villages are an interesting addition to thoughts for the New Year!  It is beyond doubt that we need more houses in this country and that there is … Continue reading

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Back to the grind …

After a quarter of a century in elections and local government, with 24 years as a county councillor and eleven as Leader of Oxfordshire County Council, I thought all of that was finally behind me and I was not entirely … Continue reading

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