Map of the results of the 2006 West Oxfordshire District Council election. Conservatives in blue, Liberal Democrats in yellow and Independent in light grey. Wards in dark grey were not contested in 2006.
Map of the results of the 2006 West Oxfordshire District Council election. Conservatives in blue, Liberal Democrats in yellow and Independent in light grey. Wards in dark grey were not contested in 2006.

The 2006 West Oxfordshire District Council election took place on 4 May 2006 to elect members of West Oxfordshire District Council in Oxfordshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative Party stayed in overall control of the council.[1]

After the election, the composition of the council was:

Background

After the last election in 2004 the Conservatives controlled the council with 29 councillors, while the Liberal Democrats had 13 seats, Independents had six and the Labour Party had one seat.[3] However, in April 2005 Conservative councillor Peter Green resigned from the party to sit as an independent, meaning that going into the 2006 election the Conservatives had 28 seats and there were 7 independents.[4][5]

For the 16 seats contested in 2006, the Conservatives had 16 candidates, Labour 13, Liberal Democrats 11, Green Party 7 and there were 3 Independents.[6]

Election result

The Conservatives increased their majority on the council after gaining six seats to take 14 of the 16 seats contested.[5] This took the Conservatives to 34 councillors and came at the expense of the Liberal Democrats, who lost four seats, and the independents who lost two seats.[5] The Liberal Democrats were therefore reduced to nine councillors and the independents to five, while Labour remained with a single councillor.[5] Of the 10 councillors who sought re-election, nine were successful, with only Liberal Democrat Julian Cooper losing in Woodstock and Bladon ward by 34 votes to Conservative candidate Jill Dunsmore.[6] Overall turnout at the election was 40.25%.[6]

West Oxfordshire local election result 2006[6]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 14 6 0 +6 87.5 59.6 11,471 +13.1%
  Liberal Democrats 1 0 4 -4 6.3 20.0 3,850 -10.4%
  Independent 1 0 2 -2 6.3 6.6 1,273 +0.8%
  Labour 0 0 0 0 0 9.3 1,793 -0.9%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 4.5 866 -2.6%

Ward results

Ascott and Shipton[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Hilary Hibbert-Biles 649 78.6 +21.2
Labour John Gittings 92 11.1 +11.1
Liberal Democrats John Miller 85 10.3 +10.3
Majority 557 67.4 +52.6
Turnout 826 50.3 +3.2
Conservative hold Swing
Bampton and Clanfield[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Martin Barrett 856 57.6 +57.6
Conservative Frederick Gray 558 37.5 -15.9
Labour Mark Albert 73 4.9 +4.9
Majority 298 20.1
Turnout 1,487 51.9 +13.5
Independent hold Swing
Brize Norton and Shilton[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Verena Hunt 490 76.3
Independent Shane Rae 120 18.7
Labour Duncan Enright 32 5.0
Majority 370 57.6
Turnout 642 43.0
Conservative hold Swing
Burford[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Derek Cotterill 556 79.8 +36.3
Liberal Democrats John Lilly 104 14.9 +14.9
Labour Matthew Deans 37 5.3 +5.3
Majority 452 64.9
Turnout 697 50.0 +2.7
Conservative gain from Independent Swing
Carterton North East[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Reginald Mason 486 62.1 -8.5
Independent Paul Wesson 297 37.9 +37.9
Majority 189 24.1 -17.0
Turnout 783 25.3 +7.9
Conservative hold Swing
Carterton North West[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David King 846 83.8 +29.5
Labour Raymond Harris 163 16.2 +4.6
Majority 683 67.7 +47.6
Turnout 1,009 31.2 +4.7
Conservative hold Swing
Carterton South[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Windell Walcott 892 81.2 +31.8
Liberal Democrats Peter Madden 206 18.8 -23.0
Majority 686 62.5 +54.9
Turnout 1,098 34.9 +6.4
Conservative hold Swing
Chipping Norton[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Townley 1,198 61.0 +12.0
Labour Robert Evans 533 27.2 +2.9
Liberal Democrats Elizabeth Allen 138 7.0 -11.4
Green Brian Luney 94 4.8 -3.5
Majority 665 33.9 +9.2
Turnout 1,963 42.8 -1.3
Conservative gain from Independent Swing
Ducklington[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Stephen Hayward 443 67.1 +13.6
Labour William Tumbridge 91 13.8 -8.8
Liberal Democrats Gillian Workman 76 11.5 -12.4
Green Richard Dossett-Davies 50 7.6 +7.6
Majority 352 53.3 +23.6
Turnout 660 41.4 +5.6
Conservative hold Swing
Eynsham and Cassington[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Frances Pike 867 45.6 +10.9
Liberal Democrats Richard Andrews 763 40.2 -14.6
Green Xanthe Bevis 160 8.4 -2.1
Labour Richard Kelsall 110 5.8 +5.8
Majority 104 5.4
Turnout 1,900 42.2 -0.8
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Freeland and Hanborough[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Colin Dingwall 732 48.9 +4.8
Liberal Democrats Michael Baggaley 604 40.4 -15.5
Green Jill Jones 100 6.7 +6.7
Labour Georgina Burrows 60 4.0 +4.0
Majority 128 8.5
Turnout 1,496 45.7 -6.4
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Standlake, Aston and Stanton Harcourt[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Brenda Smith 779 51.7 +0.0
Conservative Elizabeth Fenton 729 48.3 +0.0
Majority 50 3.3 -0.2
Turnout 1,508 47.6 -4.5
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
The Bartons[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William Goffe 474 80.7
Labour Colin Carritt 113 19.3
Majority 361 61.4
Turnout 587 38.0
Conservative hold Swing
Witney East[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative James Mills 959 60.9 +11.5
Liberal Democrats Paul Slamin 275 17.5 -6.2
Green Enid Dossett-Davies 217 13.8 -1.4
Labour David Wesson 123 7.8 -4.0
Majority 684 43.5 +17.8
Turnout 1,574 34.2 -4.1
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Witney South[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anthony Harvey 944 60.9 +8.2
Labour Phillip Edney 246 15.9 -3.4
Liberal Democrats Michelle Coulson 206 13.3 -3.9
Green Sandra Simpson 153 9.9 -0.9
Majority 698 45.1 +11.8
Turnout 1,549 34.2 -2.1
Conservative hold Swing
Woodstock and Bladon[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jill Dunsmore 648 44.0 +0.1
Liberal Democrats Julian Cooper 614 41.7 +7.3
Labour Susan Roberts 120 8.1 -5.0
Green Paul Creighton 92 6.2 -2.5
Majority 34 2.3 -7.3
Turnout 1,474 49.1 -4.6
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

By-elections between 2006 and 2007

A by-election was held in Witney Central on 25 January 2007 after the disappearance of Conservative councillor Andrew Creery.[7] The seat was held for Conservatives by Colin Adams with a majority of 210 votes over Liberal Democrat Brenda Churchill.[7]

Witney Central by-election 25 January 2007[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Colin Adams 417 53.5 +10.6
Liberal Democrats Brenda Churchill 207 26.6 +8.8
Labour David Wesson 87 11.2 -16.5
Green Sandra Simpson 68 8.7 -2.9
Majority 210 27.0 +11.9
Turnout 779 25.1 -16.0
Conservative hold Swing

References

  1. ^ "UK local election results". Financial Times. NewsBank. 5 May 2006.
  2. ^ "Local elections: West Oxfordshire". BBC News Online. 5 May 2006. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  3. ^ "West Oxfordshire council". BBC News Online. 11 June 2004. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  4. ^ "Mayor goes independent". Oxfordshire County Publications. NewsBank. 6 April 2005.
  5. ^ a b c d "Turnout high for elections". Worcestershire, West Midlands, Herefordshire, and Shropshire Counties Publications. NewsBank. 11 May 2006.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u "West Oxfordshire District Council Election Results 1998 - 2010" (PDF). West Oxfordshire District Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 October 2015. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Tory takes over missing man's seat". Oxfordshire County Publications. NewsBank. 26 January 2007.