South Oxfordshire District Council, a non-metropolitan district council in Oxfordshire, England is elected every four years.

Following the boundary changes in 2003, 48 councillors were elected from 29 wards.[1] As a result of The South Oxfordshire (Electoral Changes) Order 2014, the number of councillors/wards reduced to 36/21 from the 2015 local elections.[2]

Political control

Since the first election to the council in 1973 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[3]

Party in control Years
No overall control 1973–1976
Conservative 1976–1995
No overall control 1995–2003
Conservative 2003–2019
No overall control 2019–present

Leadership

The leaders of the council since 2003 have been:[4]

Councillor Party From To
Ann Ducker Conservative May 2003 21 Sep 2014
John Cotton Conservative 16 Oct 2014 Apr 2018
Jane Murphy Conservative 19 Apr 2018 16 May 2019
Sue Cooper Liberal Democrats 16 May 2019 7 Oct 2021
David Rouane Liberal Democrats 7 Oct 2021

Council elections

By-election results

1995-1999

Didcot South By-Election 14 November 1996
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 567 49.7
Liberal Democrats 319 28.0
Conservative 254 22.3
Majority 248 21.7
Turnout 1,140 24.5
Labour hold Swing
Kidmore End By-Election 6 February 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 409 62.0
Liberal Democrats 215 32.6
Labour 36 5.4
Majority 194 29.4
Turnout 660
Conservative hold Swing
Horspath By-Election 9 December 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats 452 80.0 +14.0
Conservative 113 20.0 +20.0
Majority 339 60.0
Turnout 565 53.1
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

1999-2003

Cholsey By-Election 16 March 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats 652 55.5 +1.2
Conservative 524 44.6 -1.2
Majority 128 10.9
Turnout 1,176 38.2
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Henley By-Election 22 February 2001
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 827 49.8 +12.7
Independent 585 35.2 +8.5
Independent 249 15.0 +15.0
Majority 242 14.6
Turnout 1,661 19.2
Conservative hold Swing
Didcot South By-Election 11 October 2001[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 676 52.1 +2.0
Conservative 310 23.9 -4.9
Liberal Democrats 270 20.8 +8.2
Green 42 3.2 -5.2
Majority 366 28.2
Turnout 1,298
Labour hold Swing
Sonning Common By-Election 1 November 2001
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 561 50.4 +15.7
Liberal Democrats 253 31.7 -0.9
Labour 200 18.0 -2.2
Majority 208 18.7
Turnout 1,014 36.8
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Watlington By-Election 10 October 2002[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Crossman 441 61.1 +23.8
Liberal Democrats 281 38.9 -23.8
Majority 160 22.2
Turnout 722 32.2
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

2003-2007

Sonning Common By-Election 23 September 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Bruce Harrison 591 70.6 -0.5
Liberal Democrats Caroline Wardle 177 21.1 -7.8
Labour Mary Stiles 69 8.2 +8.2
Majority 414 49.5
Turnout 837 19.6
Conservative hold Swing
Shiplake By-Election 5 May 2005
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nigel Jones 1,649 63.9
Liberal Democrats Caroline Wardle 535 20.7
Labour Janet Matthews 397 15.4
Majority 1,114 43.2
Turnout 2,581
Conservative hold Swing
Wallingford North By-Election 27 October 2005[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Imran Lokhan 479 51.5 +23.5
Liberal Democrats Alec Hayton 374 40.7 +13.9
Green Melanie Belgrove Jones 72 7.8 +7.8
Majority 100 10.8
Turnout 920 22.0
Conservative gain from Independent Swing
Watlington By-Election 23 March 2006[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Angela Paterson 737 72.9 +19.9
Liberal Democrats Bernard Moseley 274 27.1 -19.9
Majority 463 45.8
Turnout 1,011 24.8
Conservative hold Swing

2007-2011

Thame North By-Election 30 October 2008[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Welply 423 50.5 +8.3
Liberal Democrats Jeannette Matelot 287 34.3 -9.5
Labour May Stiles 127 15.2 +1.3
Majority 136 16.2
Turnout 837 18.9
Conservative hold Swing
Chiltern Woods By-Election 19 March 2009[20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Judith Nimmo-Smith 382 79.4 +9.4
Liberal Democrats Julian Allison 99 20.6 +5.2
Majority 283 58.8
Turnout 481 25.9
Conservative hold Swing
Henley South By-Election 11 February 2010[21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Residents Elizabeth Hodgkin 642 52.5 +0.6
Conservative David Silvester 472 38.6 +10.5
Liberal Democrats George Levy 110 9.0 +0.2
Majority 170 13.9
Turnout 1,224
Conservative hold Swing
Crowmarsh By-Election 3 June 2010[22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats John Griffin 327 55.9 +10.1
Conservative Kristina Crabbe 258 44.1 -10.1
Majority 69 11.8
Turnout 585 32.0
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing

References

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  6. ^ The Berkshire and Oxfordshire (Areas) (Amendment) Order 1977
  7. ^ The District of South Oxfordshire (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1980
  8. ^ The Oxfordshire (District Boundaries) Order 1985
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