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.

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Barton & Sandhills City By-election 2017 Result

Here is the result of the by-election in the city ward of Barton & Risinghurst held on 4 May 2017 following the death of the previous holder, Cllr Van Coulter.

Election results
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Newcomer Mark Ladbrooke’s share of the vote held up well considering Van Coulter had a good record as a local councillor and a strong personal following. The absence of UKIP this time round affected the figures. It’s not possible to say with any certainty but on the surface it looks as if the bulk of the UKIP vote in 2016 went to the Conservatives, with the LibDems picking up small percentages from everyone but the Greens.