2000 West Oxfordshire District Council election

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The 2000 West Oxfordshire District Council election took place on 4 May 2000 to elect members of West Oxfordshire District Council in Oxfordshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party gained overall control of the council from no overall control.[1]

After the election, the composition of the council was

Election result[edit]

The Conservatives gained a majority on the council for the first time in 11 years with 26 councillors, after taking 47% of the vote and 11 of the 17 seats contested. [3][4] The Conservative gains included taking seats from Labour in Chipping Norton and Witney West, as well as Minster Lovell from an independent, while the Conservative group leader Barry Norton was easily re-elected in North Leigh.[3] [5]

The Conservative gains came mostly at the expense of the Labour party, who with 20% of the vote lost five seats to be left with only two councillors.[3][4] Meanwhile, the Liberal Democrats remained with 13 councillors after taking 21% of the vote.[3][4]

West Oxfordshire local election result 2000[2][6]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 11 +7 64.7 46.9 7,577 +8.5%
  Liberal Democrat 3 0 17.6 20.9 3,381 -6.7%
  Independent 3 -2 17.6 11.6 1,875 -3.9%
  Labour 0 -5 0 20.1 3,254 +2.3%
  Green 0 0 0 0.4 69 -0.3%

Ward results[edit]

Carterton North[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Keith Stone 819 72.0 +17.6
Labour John Rowe 318 28.0 -2.9
Majority 501 44.1 +20.6
Turnout 1,137 24.0 +3.0
Carterton South[3][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Harry Watts 505 56.6 -16.4
Liberal Democrat Peter Madden 327 36.7 +9.7
Labour William Tumbridge 60 6.7 +6.7
Majority 178 20.0 -26.0
Turnout 892 29.2 +0.4
Conservative hold Swing
Charlbury[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Glena Chadwick 528 42.9 -17.3
Independent Robert Potter 294 23.9 +23.9
Conservative Jacqueline Windsor-Lewis 209 17.0 -0.6
Labour Alison Bettle 200 16.2 -5.9
Majority 234 19.0 -19.1
Turnout 1,231 52.3 +2.6
Chipping Norton[3][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Michael Howes 850 54.8 +54.8
Labour Georgina Burrows 546 35.2 +2.7
Liberal Democrat Derek Brown 156 10.1 +5.0
Majority 304 19.6
Turnout 1,552 34.1 +3.9
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Eynsham[3][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Margaret Stevens 603 55.1 -16.4
Conservative Peter Green 272 24.9 +3.9
Labour Michael Shelton 150 13.7 +13.7
Green Mark Stevenson 69 6.3 -1.2
Majority 331 30.3 -20.3
Turnout 1,094 29.7 +0.2
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Freeland and Hanborough[3][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Gareth Epps 667 49.1 +5.7
Conservative David Dawes 597 43.9 +0.9
Labour Gwilym Mason 95 7.0 -6.6
Majority 70 5.2 +4.8
Turnout 1,359 41.8 +4.3
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Kingham[3][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Maria Drinkwater 429 80.8
Labour Matthew Deans 61 11.5
Liberal Democrat Malcolm West 41 7.7
Majority 368 69.3
Turnout 531 41.5
Conservative hold Swing
Milton-under-Wychwood[3][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Jeffrey Haine 474 66.3
Liberal Democrat Keith Baker 175 24.5
Labour Frances Ashworth 66 9.2
Majority 299 41.8
Turnout 715 44.9
Conservative hold Swing
Minster Lovell[3][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Warwick Robinson 276 48.4
Independent Francis Smith 238 41.8
Labour Sheila Cuss 56 9.8
Majority 38 6.7
Turnout 570 42.5
Conservative gain from Independent Swing
North Leigh[3][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Barry Norton 536 73.3
Labour Helen Bridge 130 17.8
Liberal Democrat Edward Williams 65 8.9
Majority 406 55.5
Turnout 731 47.9
Conservative hold Swing
Rollright[3][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Anthony Walker 319 75.1
Labour Melanie Deans 106 24.9
Majority 213 50.1
Turnout 425 37.1
Conservative hold Swing
Stanton Harcourt[3][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent John Faulkner 411 75.4
Labour Andrew Ross 134 24.6
Majority 277 50.8
Turnout 545 41.7
Independent hold Swing
Tackley and Wootton[3][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Charles Cottrell-Dormer 340 51.8
Conservative Lynda Collingwood 132 20.1
Labour Michael Enright 109 16.6
Liberal Democrat Phyllis Epps 76 11.6
Majority 208 31.7
Turnout 657 47.8
Independent hold Swing
Witney East[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Martin Chapman 556 44.3 +2.6
Liberal Democrat Serena Martin 446 35.6 -22.7
Labour Ross Beadle 252 20.1 +20.1
Majority 110 8.8
Turnout 1,254 32.2 +0.2
Witney South[3][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Lesley Semaine 817 56.7 +8.4
Labour Richard Kelsall 430 29.8 -7.3
Liberal Democrat Olive Minett 194 13.5 -1.1
Majority 387 26.9 +15.7
Turnout 1,441 27.3 +2.7
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Witney West[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Andrew Creery 518 51.7 +7.9
Labour Paul Langley 381 38.0 -8.4
Liberal Democrat June Taylor 103 10.3 +0.5
Majority 137 13.7
Turnout 1,002 32.4 +1.9
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Woodstock[3][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Ann Cooper 592 58.0 +58.0
Conservative Sandra Rasch 268 26.3 +4.5
Labour Duncan Enright 160 15.7 -12.9
Majority 324 31.8
Turnout 1,020 41.7 -8.0
Independent hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "West Oxfordshire". BBC News Online. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Election results: local councils". The Times. NewsBank. 5 May 2000. p. 4.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q "Elections 2000: West Oxfordshire". Oxfordshire County Publications. NewsBank. 5 May 2000.
  4. ^ a b c "Election 2000: Buoyant Tories urge MP to quit". Oxfordshire County Publications. NewsBank. 6 May 2000.
  5. ^ a b "Elections 2000: Highs and lows". Oxfordshire County Publications. NewsBank. 5 May 2000.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "West Oxfordshire District Council Election Results 1998 - 2010" (PDF). West Oxfordshire District Council. Retrieved 5 August 2015.