Protesters had gathered outside County Hall where the meeting took place.

Congratulations are due to David Cameron’s mother, Mary, and aunt, Clare Currie, for doing what the rest of us could not – and stopping cuts to local authority-run services in their county.

The plaudits should, of course, be served up with a fair helping of sarcasm.

Can there be any doubt that the only reason Oxfordshire Council has halted its plan for £2 million of cuts to children’s centres and day centres for the elderly is that protests against the moves by Cameron’s relatives have embarrassed the prime minister? This is a Tory-run council, after all!

In a desperate move, Cameron set up a £300 million fund for Tory counties in southern England to cancel their cuts – but it doesn’t seem to have done much good; where Oxfordshire’s previous budget said it still had to find £11 million of cuts, the total has now risen to £15 million.

It seems clear that this is a result of the reprieve for care centres.

Will Cameron’s Mum and Aunt give up, now that the Blue-suits have given them what they want?

Or will they realise that they are being patronised and this is only a temporary reprieve in an attempt to get them to shut up?

Controversial cuts to elderly and children’s services in Oxford have been abandoned after opposing councillors reached a last-minute deal.

Around 200 people, including David Cameron’s aunt, had gathered outside County Hall to protest Oxfordshire County Council budget for 2016-17.

Elderly day centres and children’s centres had been in line for £2m cuts under the plans.

Members voted in favour of an amended budget.

The decision came after a private meeting between the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat groups.

Councillors voted 60 in favour and two against the new budget.

Political reporter Bethan Philips said: “In the previous budget they said they had £11m still to find, but now they are saying they have £15m to find.

“They may have just kicked the decision down the road.”

Source: Controversial cuts to elderly and children’s services in Oxford abandoned – BBC News

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