Map of the results of the 2007 West Oxfordshire District Council election. Conservatives in blue, Liberal Democrats in yellow, Labour in red and independent in light grey. Wards in dark grey were not contested in 2007.
Map of the results of the 2007 West Oxfordshire District Council election. Conservatives in blue, Liberal Democrats in yellow, Labour in red and independent in light grey. Wards in dark grey were not contested in 2007.

The 2007 West Oxfordshire District Council election took place on 3 May 2007 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 2006 election the Conservatives controlled the council with 34 councillors, while the Liberal Democrats had nine, there were five independents and Labour had one seat.[4] 16 seats were to be contested in 2007, but on 21 April 2007 the chairman of West Oxfordshire District Council, Conservative Keith Stone, died.[5][6] As a result, the election in his ward where he had been standing for re-election, Carterton North East, was postponed until 21 June.[7]

For the 15 seats therefore contested on 3 May 2007, the Conservatives had 14 candidates, both the Liberal Democrats and Greens had 11, Labour had five, the UK Independence Party had two and there were two independents.[8] 11 sitting councillors sought re-election, with these including the only Labour councillor in West Oxfordshire, Eve Coles.[8][9] There was no contest in Alvescot and Filkins ward, with Conservative David McFarlane being elected without opposition.[8][10]

Election result

The Conservatives made a net gain of two seats to win 10 of the 15 seats elected on 3 May.[2] This took the Conservatives to 35 seats on the council and a majority of 22.[10] The Conservatives gained three seats in Witney, in Witney Central, Witney East and Witney North wards, to win all five seats contested in the town and meant that only one councillor in Witney was not Conservative, independent Peter Green who had been elected as a Conservative.[2][10] However the Conservatives lost a seat in Carterton South to the Liberal Democrats by a single vote.[2]

Despite the gain in Carterton South the Liberal Democrats dropped to eight councillors, after losing two seats in Witney and received fewer votes than Labour in Witney.[10] Labour retained their only seat on the council after Eve Cole held Chipping Norton by 163 votes.[10] The number of independent councillors was reduced to four after the election, while overall eight of the 11 councillors who stood again held their seats.[10][8] Overall turnout at the election was 38.22%, reaching a high of 51.12% in Charlbury ward.[8]

The Conservatives won a further seat in the delayed election in Carterton North East on 21 June, which was held for the party by Norman Macrae with a majority of 296 votes over independent Paul Wesson.[3]

West Oxfordshire local election result 2007[8]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 11 3 1 +2 68.8 52.4 10,151 -7.2%
  Liberal Democrats 3 1 2 -1 18.8 19.3 3,745 -0.7%
  Labour 1 0 0 0 6.3 9.6 1,855 +0.3%
  Independent 1 0 1 -1 6.3 6.7 1,300 +0.1%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 10.6 2,059 +6.1%
  UKIP 0 0 0 0 0 1.3 260 +1.3%

The above totals include the delayed election in Carterton North East.

Ward results

Alvescot and Filkins[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David McFarlane unopposed
Conservative hold Swing
Bampton and Clanfield[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mark Booty 1,007 78.4 +40.9
Liberal Democrats Gill Workman 155 12.1 +12.1
Green Gill Edmonds 123 9.6 +9.6
Majority 852 66.3
Turnout 1,285 45.2 -6.7
Conservative hold Swing
Carterton North West[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Pete Handley 784 74.8 -9.0
Liberal Democrats John Lilly 264 25.2 +25.2
Majority 520 49.6 -18.1
Turnout 1,048 33.0 +1.8
Conservative hold Swing
Carterton South[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Peter Madden 493 50.1 +31.3
Conservative Harry Watts 492 49.9 -31.3
Majority 1 0.1
Turnout 985 33.5 -11.4
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing
Charlbury and Finstock[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Mike Breakell 790 52.8 -13.9
Conservative Gill Hill 579 38.7 +5.4
Green Harriet Marshall 128 8.6 +8.6
Majority 211 14.1 -19.4
Turnout 1,497 51.2 +0.3
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Chipping Norton[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Eve Coles 958 47.3 +20.1
Conservative Michael Tysoe 795 39.3 -21.7
Independent Keith Greenwell 272 13.4 +13.4
Majority 163 8.0
Turnout 2,025 42.9 +0.1
Labour hold Swing
Eynsham and Cassington[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Richard Andrews 910 49.1 +8.9
Conservative Jane Doughty 685 37.0 -8.6
UKIP Jonathan Miller 134 7.2 +7.2
Green Xanthe Bevis 124 6.7 -1.7
Majority 225 12.1
Turnout 1,853 42.1 -0.1
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Hailey, Minster Lovell and Leafield[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Warwick Robinson 809 67.8 -0.5
Liberal Democrats Elizabeth Mortimer 230 19.3 -2.9
Green Andrew Coles 155 13.0 +13.0
Majority 579 48.5 +2.4
Turnout 1,194 38.6 -6.3
Conservative hold Swing
Kingham, Rollright and Enstone[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew Beaney 885 68.7 +6.6
Labour Melanie Deans 151 11.7 -6.4
Green Brian Luney 132 10.2 +10.2
Liberal Democrats Christopher Tatton 121 9.4 -10.4
Majority 734 56.9 +14.5
Turnout 1,289 41.3 -4.7
Conservative hold Swing
Stonesfield and Tackley[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Charles Cottrell-Dormer 895 71.0 +1.7
Green Susan Turnbull 365 29.0 +14.6
Majority 530 42.1 -10.9
Turnout 1,260 40.0 -8.8
Independent hold Swing
Witney Central[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nick Buckle 569 53.4 +10.5
Labour Phillip Edney 201 18.9 -8.8
Liberal Democrats Brenda Churchill 172 16.1 -1.7
Green Sandra Simpson 124 11.6 +0.0
Majority 368 34.5 +19.4
Turnout 1,066 33.3 -7.8
Conservative gain from Independent Swing
Witney East[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alan Davies 959 57.7 -3.2
Labour Duncan Enright 280 16.8 +9.0
Liberal Democrats David Nicholson 242 14.6 -2.9
Green Enid Dossett-Davies 182 10.9 -2.9
Majority 679 40.8 -2.7
Turnout 1,663 33.1 -1.1
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Witney North[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Langridge 588 51.4 +6.2
Green Richard Dossett-Davies 368 32.1 +6.4
Liberal Democrats Serena Martin 189 16.5 -2.5
Majority 220 19.2 -0.2
Turnout 1,145 37.0 -4.1
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Witney South[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alvin Adams 849 55.2 -5.7
Labour David Wesson 215 14.0 -1.9
Liberal Democrats June Taylor 179 11.6 -1.7
Green Jill Jones 169 11.0 +1.1
UKIP David Phipps 126 8.2 +8.2
Majority 634 41.2 -3.9
Turnout 1,538 34.7 +0.5
Conservative hold Swing
Witney West[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Harry Eaglestone 723 79.3 +28.0
Green Stephen Mohammad 189 20.7 +11.6
Majority 534 58.6 +34.1
Turnout 912 30.8 -6.2
Conservative hold Swing

Carterton North East delayed election

Carterton North East[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Norman Macrae 427 70.0 +7.9
Independent Paul Wesson 133 21.8 -16.1
Labour David Wesson 50 8.2 +8.2
Majority 294 48.2 +24.1
Turnout 610 17.8 -7.5
Conservative hold Swing

References

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