List of Parliamentary constituencies in Oxfordshire

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The county of Oxfordshire is divided into 6 Parliamentary constituencies — 1 Borough constituency and 5 County constituencies.

Constituencies[edit]

      † Conservative       ‡ Labour       ¤ Liberal Democrat


Constituency[nb 1] Electorate Majority[nb 2] Member of Parliament Nearest opposition Electoral wards[1][2] Map
Banbury CC 78,817 18,227   Tony Baldry David Rundle¤ Cherwell District Council: Adderbury, Ambrosden and Chesterton, Banbury Calthorpe, Banbury Easington, Banbury Grimsbury and Castle, Banbury Hardwick, Banbury Neithrop, Banbury Ruscote, Bicester East, Bicester North, Bicester South, Bicester Town, Bicester West, Bloxham and Bodicote, Caversfield, Cropredy, Deddington, Fringford, Hook Norton, Launton, Sibford, The Astons and Heyfords, Wroxton.
Henley CC 72,331 16,588   John Howell Andy Crick¤ Cherwell District Council: Kirtlington, Otmoor. South Oxfordshire District Council: Aston Rowant, Benson, Berinsfield, Chalgrove, Chiltern Woods, Chinnor, Crowmarsh, Forest Hill and Holton, Garsington, Goring, Great Milton, Henley North, Henley South, Sandford, Shiplake, Sonning Common, Thame North, Thame South, Watlington, Wheatley, Woodcote.
Oxford East BC 78,769 4,581   Andrew Smith Steve Goddard¤ Oxford City Council: Barton and Sandhills, Blackbird Leys, Carfax, Churchill, Cowley, Cowley Marsh, Headington, Headington Hill and Northway, Hinksey Park, Holywell, Iffley Fields, Littlemore, Lye Valley, Marston, Northfield Brook, Quarry and Risinghurst, Rose Hill and Iffley, St Clement’s, St Mary’s.
Oxford West and Abingdon CC 75,153 176   Nicola Blackwood Evan Harris¤ Cherwell District Council: Kidlington North, Kidlington South, Yarnton, Gosford and Water Eaton. Oxford City Council: Jericho and Osney, North, St Margaret’s, Summertown, Wolvercote. Vale of White Horse District Council: 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, Sunningwell and Wootton.
Wantage CC 74,774 13,547   Ed Vaizey Alan Armitage¤ South Oxfordshire District Council: Brightwell, Cholsey and Wallingford South, Didcot All Saints, Didcot Ladygrove, Didcot Northbourne, Didcot Park, Hagbourne, Wallingford North. Vale of White Horse District Council: Blewbury and Upton, Craven, Drayton, Faringdon and The Coxwells, Greendown, Grove, Hanneys, Harwell, Hendreds, Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor, Longworth, Marcham and Shippon, Shrivenham, Stanford, Sutton Courtenay and Appleford, Wantage Charlton, Wantage Segsbury.
Witney CC 72,275 22,740   David Cameron Dawn Barnes¤ West Oxfordshire District Council: Alvescot and Filkins, Ascott and Shipton, Bampton and Clanfield, Brize Norton and Shilton, Burford, Carterton North East, Carterton North West, Carterton South, Chadlington and Churchill, Charlbury and Finstock, Chipping Norton, Ducklington, Eynsham and Cassington, Freeland and Hanborough, Hailey, Minster Lovell and Leafield, Kingham, Rollright and Enstone, Milton-under-Wychwood, North Leigh, Standlake, Aston and Stanton Harcourt, Stonesfield and Tackley, The Bartons, Witney Central, Witney East, Witney North, Witney South, Witney West, Woodstock and Bladon.

Boundary Commission proposals[edit]

Current proposals by the Boundary Commission for England would retain Oxfordshire's 6 constituencies, with changes to realign constituency boundaries with the boundaries of current local government wards, and to reduce the electoral disparity between constituencies.

Name Pre-2010 Boundaires Post-2010 Boundaries
  1. Banbury CC
  2. Henley CC
  3. Oxford East BC
  4. Oxford West and Abingdon CC
  5. Wantage CC
  6. Witney CC
Parliamentary constituencies in Oxfordshire
Proposed Revision

These changes will be implemented at the United Kingdom general election, 2010.

Results[edit]

2005 2010
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Historic list of constituencies in Oxfordshire[edit]

Unless otherwise stated, constituencies returned only one member.

Until 1885[edit]

Note that residents of the Boroughs were allowed to vote for the County MPs, in addition to their Borough MPs, with the exception of Abingdon, which was at this time part of Berkshire.

Used from 1885 to 1918[edit]

In 1885, Abingdon, Banbury and Woodstock expanded from Borough to County Constituencies. Oxfordshire was split between Banbury, Woodstock and the newly created Henley. Wallingford, a rotten borough, was folded into Abingdon and Henley.

Used from 1918 to 1974[edit]

In 1918, Woodstock was absorbed into Banbury and Henley.

Used from 1974 to 1983[edit]

In 1974, Mid Oxfordshire was split off from Banbury and Henley, and Abingdon became part of Oxfordshire.

In 1983, Mid Oxfordshire became Witney, and Oxford and Abingdon were rearranged into Oxford East, and Oxford West and Abingdon.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ BC denotes borough constituency, CC denotes county constituency.
  2. ^ The majority is the number of votes the winning candidate receives more than their nearest rival.

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