City Elections 2018 – OX3 Candidates

Here are the candidates standing in the six OX3 wards in the City elections. Polling day is Thursday 3 May. Current councillors standing for re-election are marked with an asterisk *.

We can expect few if any surprises. The main unknown is how much of a swing to the LibDems there will be as a pro-remain vote, but of the five seats held by Labour only Quarry & Risinghurst seems possibly vulnerable. Here in 2016 Chewe Munkonge’s margin over LibDem Roz Smith was only 140 votes (6.1 percentage points). City Council Leader Susan Brown’s seat for Labour in Churchill looks secure; Labour’s Mark Lygo got almost  68% of the votes in 2016, and Susan Brown’s own share in 2014 was over 52%.

BARTON & SANDHILLS

Chaka Artwell
Ind
Jemma Hayward
LibDem
Symon Hill
Green
@SymonHill
Tim Patmore
Con
@Tim_Patmore
Martin Rush
Lab

Mike Rowley (Lab) is the other Councillor in this Ward
Mark Ladbrooke (Lab), elected May 2017, is not standing for re-election

CHURCHILL

* Susan Brown
Lab
@SusanBr86682854
Peter Coggins
LibDem
William Vowell
Green
Jake Whittingham
Con

Mark Lygo (Lab) is the other Councillor in this Ward

HEADINGTON

* Mohammed Altaf-Khan
LibDem
@maltafkhan
Ray Hitchins
Green
Isa Mohammed
Con
Simon Ottino
Lab
@SimonOttinotwit

Ruth Wilkinson (LibDem) is the other Councillor in this Ward

HEADINGTON HILL & NORTHWAY

Guy Garden
LibDem
Georgina Gibbs
Con
@Georgin54979582
Joe McManners
Lab
@joemcmanners
Kate Robinson
Green
@katejo99

Nigel Chapman (Lab) is the other Councillor in this Ward
Anwar Farida (Lab) is not standing for re-election

MARSTON

Mark Bhagwandin
Con
@markb_gt
Maria Bourbon
LibDem
* Mary Clarkson
Lab
@maryoxford
Alistair Morris
Green

Mick Haines (Ind) is the other Councillor in this Ward

QUARRY & RISINGHURST

Alex Mackenzie Smith
Con
* Dee Sinclair
Lab
@delia_sinclair
Roz Smith
LibDem
@RosalindRogers
Liz Taylor
Green

Chewe Munkonge (Lab) is the other Councillor in this Ward

Ward Boundaries – new consultation

The Local Government Boundary Commission is carrying out a review of the Ward boundaries in Oxford. They have already decided to keep the number of Councillors in Oxford at 48, the same as now. The boundaries haven’t changed since 2002 and the Commission believes they need to be updated to rebalance the numbers of voters in each ward. They have begun a consultation in which anyone – person or organisation – can propose new boundaries. Submissions must be received by 19 March.

The City Council has a good explanation of the process on their website. The Boundary Commission’s map of the current boundaries is here, although the labelling of the wards is a bit hit-and-miss. If you click on the map inside any ward, data on electorate numbers is shown below the map.

Have fun!

General Election June 2017 – Results

Here are the results for the two Oxford constituencies in the General Election of 8 June 2017.

Oxford East

These results echo the 2015 election. In 2010 the LibDem candidate came a respectable second, but with the LibDem meltdown in 2015 the Tories took second place and held that position on Thursday. Labour’s Anneliese Dodds followed the national trend and increased Labour’s share of the vote. It wouldn’t have been surprising if her majority had  fallen, given she was taking over from the long-established and  popular Andrew Smith, but her background as an MEP helped her deliver a good and convincing campaign. Her strong pro-European stance, although tempered with her decision to accept the Brexit referendum result and not go against it, when coupled with the student vote may have helped in pro-remain Oxford.

Tory newcomer Suzanne Bartington gave a good account of herself despite failing to turn up for the first hustings of the campaign with no explanation. Given more opportunities later she wisely chose not to copy her leader’s tactics and joined in with the general debates.

Like LibDems all over the country* Kirsten Johnson will have been disappointed that the LibDem surge never materialised. She was a strong, committed and passionate pro-European candidate who came over well and who in different times could very likely have made a good MP.

Larry Sanders, standing for the Greens, also ran a  good campaign. His message will have resonated with many if not most of the constituency’s Remainers, but he suffered from the Greens’ perennial problem of not being seen as ever likely to win the seat. If we had proportional representation it might have been a different story.

* apart from in the other Oxford constituency – see below.

Oxford West & Abingdon

It was a surprise loss for the LibDems in 2010 when Evan Harris lost his seat to Tory Nicola Blackwood by only 176 votes. Since then Blackwood has established herself as a hard-working high-flyer for the Tories, becoming a Parliamentary Under-Secretary in the Department of Health. This time round Layla Moran reversed the situation for the LibDems, winning the seat with a majority of 816. Her increased share of the vote, 14.8%, was the second highest of the eight seats the LibDems won in England.

Marie Tidball failed to generate the swing to Labour seen elsewhere and trailed a distant third. UKIP’s Alan Harris followed the national trend as his share of the vote fell to just half of its 2010 level and down 5.6 percentage points from 2015.