Map of the results of the 2015 West Oxfordshire District Council election. Conservatives in blue and Liberal Democrats in yellow. Wards in dark grey were not contested in 2015.
Map of the results of the 2015 West Oxfordshire District Council election. Conservatives in blue and Liberal Democrats in yellow. Wards in dark grey were not contested in 2015.

The 2015 West Oxfordshire District Council election took place on 22 May 2015 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 2014 the Conservatives controlled the council with 40 councillors, while Labour had five seats, the Liberal Democrats had three seats and there was one independent.[2] 17 seats were contested in 2015, with 2 seats being elected in Hailey, Minster Lovell and Leafield ward after the resignation of a councillor.[3][4]

Four councillors stood down at the election, Mark Booty, Eve Coles, Hywel Davies and Simon Hoare, while 13 councillors sought re-election.[4][5] The Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties each had a full 17 candidates, the Greens had 16 candidates and the UK Independence Party had 14 candidates.[4]

Election result

The Conservative remained in control of the council with 40 councillors after winning 16 of the 17 seats contested.[1] They gained a seat in Chipping Norton from Labour, but in Charlbury and Finstock Liberal Democrat Andy Graham took the seat from the Conservatives.[6] This left both Labour and the Liberal Democrats with four seats, while there remained one independent councillor.[1] All 13 councillors who stood again were re-elected and overall turnout at the election was 71.58%.[4]

West Oxfordshire local election result 2015[4]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 16 1 1 0 94.1 53.6 23,231 +4.3%
  Liberal Democrats 1 1 0 +1 5.9 10.4 4,512 -0.1%
  Labour 0 0 1 -1 0 17.5 7,579 -1.1%
  UKIP 0 0 0 0 0 9.5 4,126 -3.2%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 9.0 3,906 +3.1%

Ward results

Alvescot and Filkins[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ross McFarlane 709 66.4 -7.5
UKIP Ken Clark 102 9.6 +9.6
Labour Richard Kelsall 100 9.4 +9.4
Green Alma Tumilowicz 87 8.2 -17.9
Liberal Democrats Gilly Workman 69 6.5 +6.5
Majority 607 56.9 +9.2
Turnout 1,067 74.3 +21.4
Conservative hold Swing
Bampton and Clanfield[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ted Fenton 1,319 59.4 -21.9
UKIP Susan Cummins 284 12.8 +12.8
Labour Patrick Brennan 216 9.7 -9.0
Green Maurice Fantato 214 9.6 +9.6
Liberal Democrats Glena Chadwick 186 8.4 +8.4
Majority 1,035 46.6 -15.9
Turnout 2,219 75.2 +33.2
Conservative hold Swing
Carterton North East[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Norman MacRae 1,528 59.7 +10.5
UKIP Leandra Edmands 386 15.1 -12.2
Labour Dave Wesson 361 14.1 +0.6
Liberal Democrats Mike Baggaley 153 6.0 +6.0
Green Paul Creighton 130 5.1 -4.9
Majority 1,142 44.6 +22.8
Turnout 2,558 64.3 +39.9
Conservative hold Swing
Carterton North West[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Pete Handley 1,328 60.0 -3.1
UKIP Barclay Lawrence 371 16.7 +16.7
Labour Melvin Long 270 12.2 -8.1
Green Andy King 129 5.8 -10.8
Liberal Democrats Mark Mann 117 5.3 +5.3
Majority 957 43.2 +0.4
Turnout 2,215 67.7 +36.1
Conservative hold Swing
Carterton South[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Brennan 1,363 61.5 +7.0
UKIP Martyn Webb 342 15.4 -14.6
Labour Moira Swann 254 11.5 +2.3
Liberal Democrats Peter Madden 133 6.0 +6.0
Green Tony Barrett 124 5.6 -1.7
Majority 1,021 46.1 +20.6
Turnout 2,216 67.4 +34.9
Conservative hold Swing
Charlbury and Finstock[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Andy Graham 1,108 43.2 -23.6
Conservative Rory MacArthur 790 33.5 +0.3
Green Celia Kerslake 255 10.8 +10.8
Labour Georgia Mazower 171 7.3 +7.3
UKIP Stephen Nash 123 5.2 +5.2
Majority 228 9.7 -23.8
Turnout 2,357 77.5 +28.2
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing
Chipping Norton[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Guy Wall 1,782 51.9 +11.1
Labour Sian O'Neill 887 25.8 -19.4
UKIP Jim Stanley 309 9.0 -5.0
Green Charles Averill 273 8.0 +8.0
Liberal Democrats Ivan Melet 181 5.3 +5.3
Majority 895 26.1
Turnout 3,432 73.3 +29.1
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Eynsham and Cassington[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Kelland 1,513 41.6 +1.9
Liberal Democrats Matthew Gordon-Banks 680 18.7 -5.1
Labour Judith Wardle 557 15.3 -3.5
Green Karl Gay 494 13.6 +13.6
UKIP Jonathan Miller 394 10.8 -7.0
Majority 833 22.9 +7.0
Turnout 3,638 74.7 +32.0
Conservative hold Swing
Hailey, Minster Lovell and Leafield (2 seats)[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gill Hill 1,374
Conservative Warwick Robinson 1,220
Labour Liz Blount 391
Liberal Democrats Andy Crick 346
Labour Mary Jay 343
Green Andrew Wright 341
Liberal Democrats Elizabeth Mortimer 257
Turnout 4,272 76.0 +42.0
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Kingham, Rollright and Enstone[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew Beaney 1,433 60.7 -10.8
Labour Andrew Scott 337 14.3 -14.2
UKIP Alistair Scott 204 8.6 +8.6
Liberal Democrats Jenny Tatton 197 8.3 +8.3
Green Nicholas Goodwin 191 8.1 +8.1
Majority 1,096 46.4 +3.3
Turnout 2,362 72.3 +37.5
Conservative hold Swing
Stonesfield and Tackley[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Charles Cottrell-Dormer 1,448 57.7 +1.6
Labour Dave Baldwin 430 17.1 -7.7
Green Harriet Kopinska 334 13.3 +13.3
Liberal Democrats Christopher Tatton 296 11.8 -7.3
Majority 1,018 40.6 +9.3
Turnout 2,508 78.7 +36.3
Conservative hold Swing
Witney Central[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Dorward 1,180 46.0 -1.4
Labour Kate Walsh 813 31.7 -20.9
UKIP Clive Taylor 225 8.8 +8.8
Green Jenny Guildford 199 7.8 +7.8
Liberal Democrats Christopher Blount 149 5.8 +5.8
Majority 367 14.3
Turnout 2,566 66.7 +35.4
Conservative hold Swing
Witney East[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jeanette Baker 2,274 53.9 +11.5
Labour Duncan Hume 1,017 24.1 -4.6
Green Kate Griffin 419 9.9 -0.2
UKIP James Mawle 327 7.8 -4.7
Liberal Democrats Ross Beadle 182 4.3 -1.0
Majority 1,257 29.8 +16.0
Turnout 4,219 72.9 +37.2
Conservative hold Swing
Witney North[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Langridge 1,120 49.6 +6.1
Labour Trevor License 419 18.6 +1.3
Green Brigitte Hickman 323 14.3 -13.3
UKIP Stephen Westwood 259 11.5 +11.5
Liberal Democrats William Griffiths 136 6.0 -5.6
Majority 701 31.1 +15.3
Turnout 2,257 70.1 +37.6
Conservative hold Swing
Witney South[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alvin Adams 1,497 47.2 +9.8
Labour Stephen Parkinson 697 22.0 +1.8
UKIP James Robertshaw 559 17.6 -10.7
Green Alex Friend 248 7.8 -1.8
Liberal Democrats Emma Tatton 171 5.4 +0.9
Majority 800 25.2 +16.1
Turnout 3,172 67.4 +32.1
Conservative hold Swing
Witney West[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Harry Eaglestone 1,353 61.3 +0.3
Labour Calvert McGibbon 316 14.3 -10.3
UKIP Max Everett 241 10.9 +10.9
Liberal Democrats Diane West 151 6.8 +6.8
Green Rosanna Pearson 145 6.6 -7.8
Majority 1,037 47.0 +10.6
Turnout 2,206 70.5 +44.3
Conservative hold Swing

By-elections between 2015 and 2016

A by-election was held in Witney North on 20 August 2015 after independent councillor David Snow resigned from the council in June 2015.[7] David Snow had been originally elected as a Conservative but resigned from the party in May 2013.[8] The seat was gained for the Conservatives by Carol Reynolds with a majority of 63 votes over Liberal Democrat Diane West.[7]

Witney North by-election 20 August 2015[7][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Carol Reynolds 264 33.9 -15.7
Liberal Democrats Diane West 201 25.8 +19.8
Green Brigitte Hickman 136 17.5 +3.2
Labour Trevor License 114 14.6 -4.0
UKIP James Robertshaw 64 8.2 -3.3
Majority 63 8.1 -23.0
Turnout 779 24.1 -46.0
Conservative gain from Independent Swing

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Local election results 2015 in full". The Guardian. 15 May 2015. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Results Elections 2014". The Times. NewsBank. 24 May 2014. pp. 88–89.
  3. ^ "Elections on Thursday 7 May 2015" (PDF). West Oxfordshire District Council. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
  4. ^ 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 2011 - 2015" (PDF). West Oxfordshire District Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 October 2015. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Quartet stepping down at elections". Oxford Mail. NewsBank. 5 May 2015.
  6. ^ Ormiston, Katriona (8 May 2015). "West Oxfordshire District Council election results". Oxfordshire Guardian. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
  7. ^ a b c Herring, Naomi (21 August 2015). "Conservative Carol Reynolds wins Witney North ward district council by-election". Oxford Mail. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
  8. ^ "West Oxfordshire Conservative councillors quit party". Bicester Advertiser. 4 May 2013. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
  9. ^ "Declaration of result of poll" (PDF). West Oxfordshire District Council. Retrieved 22 August 2015.