Oxford City Council

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The Oxford City Council provides local government for the city of Oxford in England.


Between the 2004 local elections, and 2010 the council was in minority administration, first by councillors from the Labour Party, with the Liberal Democrats being the official opposition. In 2006 these roles were reversed, although two years later the council returned to being run by a minority Labour administration.[1] before they took full control in 2010. Despite the stereotypical view of Oxford as a conservative city, there are no elected Conservatives on the city council, although two Liberal Democrat councillors briefly sat as Conservatives during 2007–8. With five city councillors and two county councillors, Oxford has one of the highest Green Party representation for a British city. The Independent Working Class Association was represented for a decade between 2002 and 2012.

Since 2002, elections have been held for Oxford City Council in even years, with each councillor serving a term of four years. Each electoral ward within Oxford is represented by two councillors, thus all wards elect one councillor at each election. Prior to 2002, the City Council was elected by thirds.

In early 2003, the Oxford City Council submitted a bid to become a unitary authority.[2] This was received by Communities and Local Government[3] but subsequently rejected.[4][5][6]

Since 2008, Oxford City Council has been undergoing a programme of Business Transformation which is now being embedded in to the City Council in anticipation of further change following the new government of May 2010.[7]

Oxford City Council contains all of the Oxford East parliamentary constituency, which was won by Labour in the 2010 General Election with an increased majority but was until then a highly marginal seat with the Liberal Democrats.[8] The Council also covers part of the Oxford West and Abingdon parliamentary constituency, which was won from the Liberal Democrats by the Conservatives at the 2010 General Election, albeit with a very small majority.


Political group leaders and senior politicians for the Oxford City Council (outgoing council at the election in 2010). From left to right: Jonathan Gittos candidate for the Conservatives, Councillor Stephen Brown leader of the political group of Liberal Democrats, Councillor John Tanner senior member of the Labour group, Councillor Craig Simmons leader of the Green group.
Partisan composition
Year Labour Lib Dem Green IWCA Independent Conservative Source
2000 21 21 7 1 0 1 [9]
2002 29 15 3 1 0 0 [9]
2004 20 18 7 3 0 0 [10]
2006 17 19 8 4 0 0 [11]
2008 23 16 7 2 0 0 [1]
2010 26 16 5 1 0 0 [12][13]
2012 29 13 5 0 1 0 [14]
Partisan control
Majority control of Oxford City Council
Years Party
2010–present Labour
2004–2010 No overall control
2002–2004 Labour
2000–2002 No overall control
1980–2000 Labour
1976–1980 Conservative
1973–1976 Labour


Ward Name   Party Elected
Barton and Sandhills Van Coulter Labour 2010
Barton and Sandhills Mike Rowley Labour 2012
Blackbird Leys Rae Humberstone Labour 2010
Blackbird Leys Val Smith Labour 2012
Carfax Tony Brett Liberal Democrat 2010
Carfax Anne-Marie Canning Labour 2012
Churchill Joe McManners Labour 2010
Churchill Mark Lygo Labour 2012
Cowley Shah Khan Labour 2010
Cowley Helen O'Hara Labour 2012
Cowley Marsh Mohammed Abbasi Labour 2010
Cowley Marsh Saj Malik Labour 2012
Headington David Rundle Liberal Democrat 2010
Headington Ruth Wilkinson Liberal Democrat 2012
Headington Hill and Northway Mohammed Altaf-Khan Liberal Democrat 2010
Headington Hill and Northway Roy Darke Labour 2012
Hinksey Park Bob Price Labour 2010
Hinksey Park Oscar Van Nooijen Labour 2012
Holywell Mark Mills Liberal Democrat 2010
Holywell Sam Hollick Green 2012
Iffley Fields David Williams Green 2010
Iffley Fields Elise Benjamin Green 2012
Jericho and Osney Susanna Pressel Labour 2010
Jericho and Osney Colin Cook Labour 2012
Littlemore Gill Sanders Labour 2010
Littlemore John Tanner Labour 2012
Lye Valley Ben Lloyd-Shogbesan Labour 2010
Lye Valley Pat Kennedy Labour 2012
Marston Mary Clarkson Labour 2010
Marston Mick Haines Independent 2012
North Alan Armitage Liberal Democrat 2010
North James Fry Labour 2012
Northfield Brook Scott Seamons Labour 2010
Northfield Brook Steve Curran Labour 2012
Quarry and Risinghurst Dee Sinclair Labour 2010
Quarry and Risinghurst Laurence Baxter Labour 2012
Rose Hill and Iffley Antonia Bance Labour 2010
Rose Hill and Iffley Edward Turner Labour 2012
St Clement's Graham Jones Liberal Democrat 2010
St Clement's Bev Clack Labour 2012
St Margaret's Jim Campbell Liberal Democrat 2010
St Margaret's Gwynneth Royce Liberal Democrat 2012
St Mary's Dick Wolff Green 2010
St Mary's Craig Simmons Green 2012
Summertown Jean Fooks Liberal Democrat 2010
Summertown Stuart McCready Liberal Democrat 2012
Wolvercote John Goddard Liberal Democrat 2010
Wolvercote Michael Gotch Liberal Democrat 2012

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