Here are the results of the elections to the Wards in OX3 in the City Council elections held on 3 May 2018. Click the tables to see them in full size. Overall there was little change apart from the LibDem’s Roz Smith winning Quarry & Risinghurst from Labour’s Dee Sinclair.
The full results for the City are on the City Council’s website.
No UKIP this year; their 2016 vote seems to have gone mostly, and unsurprisingly, to the Conservatives, allowing Tim Patmore to squeeze perennial Independent candidate Chaka Artwell into third place.
Echoing results elsewhere in the City the Conservatives and LibDems made small gains in their share of the vote at the expense of the Greens, but the result in this Labour stronghold was never in doubt.
Talking of strongholds, no surprise that Altaf-Khan was re-elected for the LibDems. Both he and Labour’s Simon Ottino increased their share of the vote slightly at the expense of the paper candidates standing for the Conservatives and Greens.
Joe McManners returns to the Council in this safe Labour seat after standing down from Churchill Ward in 2013. In a significant swing the Conservative share of the vote dropped from 30.1% in 2016 to only 18.5% this year, pushing them down to third place. The LibDems were the gainers, up from 10.7% in 2016 to 21.8% and second place this time round.
The 2016 election in Marston was a curious one, with two Independents standing and one of them (Mick Haines) sweeping the board with close to 50% of the vote to push Labour into second place with 35%. In this year’s more conventional roster Mary Clarkson was re-elected for Labour with a very similar share of the vote to when she last stood in 2014.
We are used to Quarry & Risinghurst being the closest run of the local wards. A 6% swing to the LibDems was just enough to see Roz Smith elected and Dee Sinclair (Lab) ousted. Whether the increased LibDem vote here and in Headington Hill & Northway was anything to do with Brexit is anyone’s guess. We’d need to know why it affected these two wards and apparently not the others.
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
- Jemma Hayward
- Symon Hill
- Tim Patmore
- Martyn Rush
Mike Rowley (Lab) is the other Councillor in this Ward
Mark Ladbrooke (Lab), elected May 2017, is not standing for re-election
- * Susan Brown
- Peter Coggins
- William Vowell
- Jake Whittingham
Mark Lygo (Lab) is the other Councillor in this Ward
- * Mohammed Altaf-Khan
- Ray Hitchins
- Isa Mohammed
- Simon Ottino
Ruth Wilkinson (LibDem) is the other Councillor in this Ward
HEADINGTON HILL & NORTHWAY
- Guy Garden
- Georgina Gibbs
- Joe McManners
- Kate Robinson
Nigel Chapman (Lab) is the other Councillor in this Ward
Anwar Farida (Lab) is not standing for re-election
- Mark Bhagwandin
- Maria Bourbon
- * Mary Clarkson
- Alistair Morris
Mick Haines (Ind) is the other Councillor in this Ward
QUARRY & RISINGHURST
- Alex Mackenzie Smith
- * Dee Sinclair
- Roz Smith
- Liz Taylor
Chewe Munkonge (Lab) is the other Councillor in this Ward
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.