Oxford West and Abingdon (UK Parliament constituency)
|Oxford West and Abingdon|
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Oxford West and Abingdon in Oxfordshire.
Location of Oxfordshire within England.
|Electorate||77,811 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Abingdon, Kidlington, Oxford (5 wards), Radley|
|Member of Parliament||Nicola Blackwood (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Oxford, Abingdon|
|European Parliament constituency||South East England|
The former Conservative Minister John Patten, MP for Oxford from 1979, won the West seat on its creation and remained the MP until he retired in 1997 when the seat was gained by a Liberal Democrat, Dr Evan Harris, who held the seat until the 2010 General Election, when it was gained by Conservative MP Nicola Blackwood in the one of the most marginal results of that election, narrowly behind North Warwickshire.
- History of boundaries
From creation to 2010 it included Oxford city centre and most of the Oxford Colleges, which in 2010 were transferred to Oxford East.
The constituency stretches from the town of Abingdon, the village of Kidlington, and the western and northern parts of the city of Oxford, as well as a minority of the colleges of the University of Oxford. At the end of 2010 unemployment was the fifth lowest of the 84 South East constituencies (measure used: claimant count), at 1.2% compared to a mean of 2.45%.
Parliament accepted the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies which altered this constituency for General Election 2010 since which it has electoral wards:
- Abingdon Abbey and Barton, Abingdon Caldecott, Abingdon Dunmore, Abingdon Fitzharris, Abingdon Northcourt, Abingdon Ock Meadow, Abingdon Peachcroft, Appleton and Cumnor, Kennington and South Hinksey, North Hinksey and Wytham, Radley, and Sunningwell and Wootton in the district of Vale of White Horse
- Jericho and Osney, North, St Margaret’s, Summertown, and Wolvercote in the City of Oxford
- Kidlington North, Kidlington South and Yarnton, Gosford and Water Eaton in the Cherwell District
This 2010 revision removed most of the colleges and Permanent Private Halls of the University of Oxford from the constituency, leaving only:
- Worcester, St Hugh's, Lady Margaret Hall, St Anne's, St Antony's, Somerville, Green Templeton, St Cross, Regent's Park, Blackfriars, St Benet's Hall, Wycliffe Hall, Kellogg and Wolfson.
Members of Parliament
- Constituency created (1983)
|1997||Evan Harris||Liberal Democrat|
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2010: Oxford West and Abingdon|
|Liberal Democrat||Evan Harris||23,730||42.0||-4.1|
|Animal Protection||Keith Mann||143||0.3||-|
|Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat||Swing||6.9|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Oxford West and Abingdon|
|Liberal Democrat||Evan Harris||24,336||46.3||−1.5|
|Liberal Democrat hold||Swing||−1.6|
|General Election 2001: Oxford West and Abingdon|
|Liberal Democrat||Evan Harris||24,670||47.8||+4.9|
|Extinction Club||Robert Twigger||93||0.2||N/A|
|Liberal Democrat hold||Swing||+3.8|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Oxford West and Abingdon|
|Liberal Democrat||Evan Harris||26,268||42.9||+7.1|
|Referendum Party||Gillian Eustace||1,258||2.1||N/A|
|ProLife Alliance||Linda Hodge||238||0.4||N/A|
|Natural Law||Anne Marie Wilson||91||0.1||+0.0|
|Local Government||John Rose||48||0.1||N/A|
|Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative||Swing||+10.4|
|General Election 1992: Oxford West and Abingdon|
|Liberal Democrat||Sir William Goodhart||21,624||39.0||+1.6|
|Liberal||Roger E. Jenking||194||0.3||N/A|
|Anti-Federalist League||Miss Susan B. Nelson||98||0.2||N/A|
|Natural Law||Geoffrey A. Wells||75||0.1||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: Oxford West and Abingdon|
|Social Democrat||Chris Huhne||20,293||37.4||+4.1|
|Labour||J G Power||8,108||14.9||-2.0|
|Green||D R Smith||695||1.3||+0.2|
|General Election 1983: Oxford West and Abingdon|
|Social Democrat||Evan Luard||16,627||33.3||N/A|
|Monster Raving Loony||R.A. Jones||267||0.5||N/A|
|Independent||P M Doubleday||86||0.2||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "O" [self-published source][better source needed]
- "Politics Resources". Election 1997. Politics Resources. 1 May 1997. Retrieved 2011-01-07.
- C. Rallings & M. Thrasher, The Media Guide to the New Parliamentary Constituencies, p.451 (Plymouth: LGC Elections Centre, 1995)
- The 1997 election result is calculated relative to the notional, not the actual, 1992 result.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.
- Election result, 2010 (BBC)
- Election result, 2005 (BBC)
- Election results, 1997–2001 (BBC)
- Election results, 1997–2001 (Election Demon)
- Election results, 1983–1997 (Election Demon)
- Election results, 1992–2005 (The Guardian)