Oxford City Council
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. 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.
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.
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. 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.
- Partisan composition
- Partisan control
|2004–2010||No overall control|
|2000–2002||No overall control|
|Ward||Name||Party||Last Elected||First Elected|
|Barton and Sandhills||Van Coulter||Labour||2014||2010|
|Barton and Sandhills||Mike Rowley||Labour||2012||2012|
|Blackbird Leys||Rae Humberstone||Labour||2014||2005|
|Blackbird Leys||Val Smith||Labour||2012||c. 1990|
|Carfax||Alex Hollingsworth||Labour||2014 (byelection)||2014 (byelection)|
|Cowley||David Henwood||Labour||2014 (byelection)||2014 (byelection)|
|Cowley Marsh||Mohammed Abbasi||Labour||2014||2002 (in St Marys)|
|Cowley Marsh||Sajjad Malik||Labour||2012||2004 (as a Lib Dem)|
|Headington||Mohammed Altaf-Khan||Liberal Democrat||2014||2006 (in HH&N)|
|Headington||Ruth Wilkinson||Liberal Democrat||2012||2008|
|Headington Hill and Northway||Farida Anwar||Labour||2014||2014|
|Headington Hill and Northway||Roy Darke||Labour||2012||2009 (byelection)|
|Hinksey Park||Bob Price||Labour||2014||1983|
|Hinksey Park||Oscar Van Nooijen||Labour||2012||2006 (byelection)|
|Iffley Fields||Richard Tarver||Labour||2014||2014|
|Iffley Fields||Elise Benjamin||Green||2012||2004|
|Jericho and Osney||Susanna Pressel||Labour||2014||1996|
|Jericho and Osney||Colin Cook||Labour||2012||2005 (byelection)|
|Littlemore||Gill Sanders||Labour||2014||c. 1994|
|Lye Valley||Ben Lloyd-Shogbesan||Labour||2014||2010|
|Lye Valley||Pat Kennedy||Labour||2012||2012|
|Marston||Mary Clarkson||Labour||2014||c. 1998|
|North||Louise Upton||Labour||2014||2013 (byelection)|
|Northfield Brook||Scott Seamons||Labour||2014||2010|
|Northfield Brook||Steve Curran||Labour||2012||2012|
|Quarry and Risinghurst||Dee Sinclair||Labour||2014||2002|
|Quarry and Risinghurst||Vacant, by-election 18 September||Independent|
|Rose Hill and Iffley||Michele Paule||Labour||2014||2014|
|Rose Hill and Iffley||Edward Turner||Labour||2012||2002|
|St Clement's||Tom Hayes||Liberal Democrat||2014||2014|
|St Clement's||Bev Clack||Labour||2012||2012|
|St Margaret's||Elizabeth Wade||Liberal Democrat||2014||2014|
|St Margaret's||Gwynneth Royce||Liberal Democrat||2012||2004|
|St Mary's||Dick Wolff||Green||2014||2010|
|St Mary's||Craig Simmons||Green||2012||2012|
|Summertown||Jean Fooks||Liberal Democrat||2014||1992|
|Summertown||Andrew Gant||Liberal Democrat||2014 (additional general)||2014|
|Wolvercote||John Goddard||Liberal Democrat||2014||1996|
|Wolvercote||Michael Gotch||Liberal Democrat||2012||2008|
- Election 2008: Oxford council, BBC, 2008
- Oxford City Council: the case for unitary status, draft version, 18 January 2007.
- Communities and Local Government press release: Kelly welcomes proposals to improve local services: 26 local authorities bid to move to single tier local Government, 26 January 2007.
- Communities and Local Government: rejection letter to Oxford City Council’s unitary authority bid.
- Communities and Local Government press release: Woolas announces sixteen successful bids for unitary status to improve local services, 27 March 2007.
- Oxford City Council press release: Government backs off Oxfordshire reorganisation, 27 March 2007.
- Oxford City Council website: Business Transformation Strategy, October 2008.
- Bookies: Oxford East a two-horse race, Steve Goddard website, January 2009
- Article, BBC, 2002.
- Article, BBC, 2004.
- Article, BBC, 2006.
- Election results, Oxford City Council, 2010.
- "Labour win Lib Dem seat at by-election". The Oxford Times. 22 October 2010.
- Election results, Oxford City Council, 2012.
- Election results, Oxford City Counil, 2014