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.
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.
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.
Following the death of Councillor Van Coulter, here are the candidates standing in the by-election in Barton & Sandhills Ward on 4 May 2017.
You’ll notice that three of the five candidates, Steve Wheeler, Symon Hill and Chaka Artwell, are also standing as candidates in the Barton, Sandhills & Risinghurst Division in the County elections on the same day.