2015 South Oxfordshire District Council election
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Party Conservative Labour Liberal Democrats
Popular vote 65,861 21,296 17,865
Percentage 50.65% 16.38% 13.74%

 
Party Henley Residents Group Independent
Popular vote 3,370 4,863
Percentage 2.59% 3.74%

Wards of South Oxfordshire District Council

The 2015 South Oxfordshire District Council election was held on 7 May 2015 to elect members of South Oxfordshire District Council in England. This was on the same day as other local elections.[1]

Elections were held for all seats on the council. After the 2011 South Oxfordshire District Council election the Boundary Commission for England had revised South Oxfordshire's district ward boundaries and reduced the number of seats from 48 to 36. the 2015 elections were the first to be held for the new revised wards.

A total of 96,644 votes were cast at polling stations and 13,527 postal votes were received. This amounted to a 66.5% turnout.[2]

The Conservative Party won 33 of the 36 new seats. The Labour Party, Liberal Democrats and Henley Residents Group each won one seat. No other party or independent candidate won any seats. The Conservative Party kept overall control of the council,[3] with its majority increased to 30.[4]

Summary of results

South Oxfordshire District Council elections result 2015[4]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 33 0 0 0 91.67 50.65 65,861 -
  Labour 1 0 3 -3 2.78 16.38 21,296 +
  Liberal Democrats 1 0 3 -3 2.78 13.74 17,865 -
  Henley Residents Group 1 0 2 -2 2.78 2.59 3,370 -
  UKIP 0 0 0 0 0 6.48 8,423 +
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 6.43 8,361 +
  Independent 0 0 5 -5 0 3.74 4,863 -

The Conservative Party's share of votes fell from 53.53% in 2011 to 50.65% in 2015. However, as a result of the new boundaries the Conservatives still won 33 seats in 2015,[4] the same number as in 2011. And as the Boundary Commission had reduced the number of seats, this represents an increase in the share of seats from almost 69% in 2011 to nearly 92% in 2015.

The Labour Party increased its share of votes from 14.92% in 2011 to 16.70% in 2015, overtaking the Liberal Democrats as the party with the second largest number of votes in the district. But as a result of the new ward boundaries and reduced number of wards the number of Labour members on the district council was reduced from four to one.[4]

The Liberal Democrats' share of votes fell from 15.89% in 2011 to 11.93% in 2015. Combined with the new ward boundaries and reduced number of wards, Liberal Democrat members on the district council were reduced from four to one.[4]

In 2011 five independent candidates were elected to the district council. In 2015 four of them did not seek re-election. One, Mark Gray, was a candidate again in 2015 but was not re-elected.

The boundary revision reduced Henley-on-Thames from two wards which each elected two members in 2011, to one ward which elected three members in 2015. Henley Residents Group's share of votes in Henley fell from an average of 37.17% across the two wards in 2011 to 20.43% in the one new ward in 2015. These factors combined to reduce the number of HRG members on the district council from three to one.[4]

Pie charts showing share of total votes (left) and number of seats won (right)
Pie charts showing share of total votes (left) and number of seats won (right)

In 2011 there was one UK Independence Party candidate, who contested a ward in Didcot. He won 5.09% of the votes in that ward. In 2015 there were 13 UKIP candidates in eight wards. They won an average of 10.91% of votes in the wards that they contested, and 6.48% of the total votes cast in the district, but no seats.[4]

In 2011 there were Green Party candidates in four of the district's 29 wards. They won an average of 16.64% of votes in the wards that they contested, and 3.43% of total votes cast in South Oxfordshire District. In 2015 there were Green Party candidates in 13 of the district's 21 new wards, including three Green candidates in the one new Henley ward. They won an average of 10.21% of votes in the wards that they contested, and 6.43% of total votes cast in the district, but no seats.[4]

The 2015 election increased the Conservative Party majority on the district council from 18 to 30. Opposition was reduced from 15 in 2011 to three in 2015.[4]

Ward results

Benson and Crowmarsh

Benson and Crowmarsh 2015[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Felix Bloomfield 2,247 29.22
Conservative Richard Pullen 1,770 23.01
Liberal Democrats Sue Cooper 1,457 18.94
Liberal Democrats George Francis Daniel Levy 618 8.04
Green Andrea Jane Powell 606 7.88
Labour Jim Merritt 513 6.67
Labour Adam Wood 480 6.24
Turnout
Majority 313
Conservative win (new seat)

Berinsfield

Berinsfield 2015[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Cotton 968 51.38
Labour Maggie Winters 400 21.23
Green Mark Stevenson 370 19.64
Liberal Democrats Jane Mary Jackson 146 7.75
Turnout
Majority 568
Conservative win (new seat)

Chalgrove

Chalgrove 2015[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats David Graham Turner 1,060 54.03
Conservative Ann Pritchard 769 39.19
Labour Simon Stone 133 6.78
Turnout
Majority 291
Liberal Democrats win (new seat)

Chinnor

Chinnor 2015[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Lynn Lloyd 3,163 39.81
Conservative Ian White 2,789 34.66
Liberal Democrats Liz Barker 827 10.28
Labour John Henry Cooper 702 8.72
Liberal Democrats Pete Barker 565 7.02
Turnout
Majority 1,962
Conservative win (new seat)

Cholsey

Cholsey 2015[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Pat Dawe 2,151 24.35
Conservative Jane Murphy 1,746 19.77
Independent Mark Stuart Gray 1,323 14.98
Liberal Democrats Adrian Lee Cull 810 9.17
Labour Ginnie Herbert 683 7.73
Green Sam Casey-Rerhaye 567 6.42
UKIP Steve Beatty 559 6.33
Labour Barbara Tompsett 539 6.10
UKIP Bob Nielsen 455 5.15
Turnout
Majority 423
Conservative win (new seat)

Didcot North East

Didcot North East 2015[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tony Harbour 1,723 14.77
Conservative Steve Connel 1,643 14.08
Conservative Bill Service 1,591 13.64
Independent Neville Frank Harris 1,441 12.35
Labour Nick Hards 1,027 8.80
Labour Alison Joy Lane 918 7.87
Labour James Joseph Reeve 699 5.99
Liberal Democrats Les Hopper 656 5.62
UKIP Laura Jade Bayliss 628 5.38
UKIP Toby Gordon Pilling 496 4.25
Liberal Democrats Tony Worgan 474 4.06
UKIP David Sidney Weaver 370 3.17
Turnout
Majority 150
Conservative win (new seat)

Didcot South

Didcot South 2015[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anthony Dearlove 1,498 12.87
Conservative Anthony Nash 1,480 12.72
Labour Margaret L Davies 1,436 12.34
Conservative Charlie Robertson 1,371 11.78
Labour Eleanor Hards 1,309 12.34
Labour Bernard Douglas Cooper 1,295 12.34
UKIP Peter Ernest Elliot 937 8.05
UKIP Waine Anthony Wilkins 836 7.18
Liberal Democrats David Rouane 756 6.50
Liberal Democrats James Robert Loder 720 6.19
Turnout
Majority 65

Didcot West

Didcot West 2015[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alan Thompson 1,390 24.75
Conservative Margaret Turner 1,299 23.13
Labour Denise Ann Macdonald 941 16.75
Labour Pamela Ann Siggers 823 14.65
UKIP David Roberts 604 10.75
Liberal Democrats Andrew Peter Jones 560 9.97
Turnout
Majority 358
Conservative win (new seat)

Forest Hill and Holton

Forest Hill and Holton 2015[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Walsh 902 44.00
Liberal Democrats Anne Purse 793 38.68
Labour Paddy Bullard 355 17.32
Turnout
Majority 109
Conservative win (new seat)

Garsington and Horspath

Garsington and Horspath 2015[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Elizabeth Gillespie 1,212 58.98
Labour Jacob Robert Chapman 433 21.07
Green Robin Francis Bennett 226 11.00
Liberal Democrats David Stanley Mancey 184 8.95
Turnout
Majority 779
Conservative win (new seat)

Goring

Goring 2015[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Kevin Bulmer 1,264 56.73
Liberal Democrats Caroline Shirley Wardle 403 18.09
Labour Fran Wright 316 14.18
Green James Welch Norman 245 11.00
Turnout
Majority 861
Conservative win (new seat)

Haseley Brook

Haseley Brook 2015[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Stephen Harrod 1,537 66.80
Liberal Democrats Sarah Elizabeth Gray 386
Labour Emma Lara Maclean 378 16.43
Turnout
Majority 1,151
Conservative win (new seat)

Henley-on-Thames

Henley-on-Thames 2015[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Lorraine Hillier 2,445 14.82
Conservative Joan Bland 2,234 13.54
Henley Residents Group Stefan John Gawrysiak 2,139 12.97
Conservative William Arthur Henry Hall 2,050 12.43
Henley Residents Group Simon Charles Narracott 1,231 7.46
Independent Elizabeth Hodgkin 1,175 7.12
UKIP Ken Arlett 939 5.69
Independent Jeni Wood 730 4.42
Green Elisabeth Marjorie Geake 671 4.07
Green Ian Petrie 595 3.61
Liberal Democrats Neill James Robert Hendry 502 3.04
Labour Cornelius Kavanagh 499 3.02
UKIP Chris Jones 467 2.83
Liberal Democrats David John Thomas 451 2.73
Green Richard Michael Rule 370 2.24
Turnout
Majority 89

Kidmore End and Whitchurch

Kidmore End and Whitchurch 2015[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Rob Simister 1,073 48.60
Green Peter Dragonetti 551 24.95
Labour Amanda Holland 205 9.28
Independent Keith John Brooks 194 8.79
Liberal Democrats Harry Butterworth 185 8.38
Turnout
Majority 868
Conservative win (new seat)

Sandford and the Wittenhams

Sandford and the Wittenhams 2015[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jon Woodley-Shead 1,030 47.14
Liberal Democrats Simon Geoffrey Davenport Thompson 445 20.37
Labour Will Atkinson 367 16.80
Green David John Scott 343 15.70
Turnout
Majority 585
Conservative win (new seat)

Sonning Common

Sonning Common 2015[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Paul Harrison 2,444 32.98
Conservative Martin Akehurst 2,432 32.82
Labour David George Winchester 651 8.78
Green Alison Jean Smart 519 7.00
Labour Chris Wright 510 6.88
Liberal Democrats Andy Davies 431 5.82
Liberal Democrats Jill Elizabeth Davies 424 5.72
Turnout
Majority 585
Conservative win (new seat)

Thame

Thame 2015[20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Dodds 3,041 18.37
Conservative Nigel Champken-Woods 2,704 16.34
Conservative Jeanette Matelot Green 2,487 15.03
Labour Mary Honora Stiles 1,595 9.64
Liberal Democrats David William Bretherton 1,466 8.86
Liberal Democrats Susan Bennett 1,184 7.15
UKIP Peter William Butler 1,129 6.82
Labour Tristram Maclean 1,107 6.69
Green Robert Guy Hughes 923 5.58
Liberal Democrats David Arthur Laver 915 5.53
Turnout
Majority 892
Conservative win (new seat)

Wallingford

Wallingford 2015[21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Imran Lokhon 1,639 24.30
Conservative Elaine Hornsby 1,608 23.84
Green Sue Roberts 1,135 16.83
Labour Liz Neighbour 879 13.03
Labour George William Kneeshaw 745 11.05
UKIP Lee Mark Upcraft 739 10.96
Turnout
Majority 473
Conservative win (new seat)

Watlington

Watlington 2015[22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anna Badcock 1,462 65.97
Green Tom Bindoff 352 15.88
Labour Tony Winters 216 9.75
Liberal Democrats Catherine Mary Hughes 186 8.39
Turnout
Majority 1,110
Conservative win (new seat)

Wheatley

Wheatley 2015[23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Toby Newman 1,003 45.82
Labour Andrew John Walkey 508 23.21
Liberal Democrats Roger Thomas Bell 414 18.91
UKIP Alex Ashmore 264 12.06
Turnout
Majority 595
Conservative win (new seat)

Woodcote and Rotherfield

Woodcote and Rotherfield 2015[24]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Charles Bailey 2,986 37.02
Conservative David Nimmo-Smith 2,710 33.60
Green Andrew James Wallis 888 11.01
Liberal Democrats James David Cooper 847 10.50
Labour Veronica Treacher 634 7.86
Turnout
Majority 1,822
Conservative win (new seat)

References

  1. ^ "Have you voted yet?". Henley Standard. 7 May 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Election statistics 2015". South Oxfordshire District Council. 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Tories triumph across the board". Henley Standard. 15 May 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
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  5. ^ "Election Results for Benson and Crowmarsh". South Oxfordshire District Council. 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Election Results for Berinsfield". South Oxfordshire District Council. 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Election Results for Chalgrove". South Oxfordshire District Council. 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Election Results for Chinnor". South Oxfordshire District Council. 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Election Results for Cholsey". South Oxfordshire District Council. 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Election Results for Didcot North East". South Oxfordshire District Council. 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  11. ^ a b "Election Results for Didcot South". South Oxfordshire District Council. 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  12. ^ "Election Results for Forest Hill and Holton". South Oxfordshire District Council. 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  13. ^ "Election Results for Garsington and Horspath". South Oxfordshire District Council. 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  14. ^ "Election Results for Goring". South Oxfordshire District Council. 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  15. ^ "Election Results for Haseley Brook". South Oxfordshire District Council. 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  16. ^ "Election Results for Henley-on-Thames". South Oxfordshire District Council. 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  17. ^ "Election Results for Kidmore End and Whitchurch". South Oxfordshire District Council. 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  18. ^ "Election Results for Sandford and the Wittenhams". South Oxfordshire District Council. 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  19. ^ "Election Results for Sonning Common". South Oxfordshire District Council. 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  20. ^ "Election Results for Thame". South Oxfordshire District Council. 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  21. ^ "Election Results for Wallingford". South Oxfordshire District Council. 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  22. ^ "Election Results for Watlington". South Oxfordshire District Council. 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  23. ^ "Election Results for Wheatley". South Oxfordshire District Council. 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
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