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||78,404 (December 2014)|
|Major settlements||Abingdon, Kidlington, Oxford (5 wards), Radley|
|Member of parliament||Layla Moran (Liberal Democrat)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Oxford, Abingdon|
|European Parliament constituency||South East England|
Oxford West and Abingdon is a constituency in the House of Commons, the dominant chamber of the UK Parliament.[n 1] It has been represented since 9 June 2017 by Layla Moran, a member of the Liberal Democrats. Her predecessor between 2010 and the 2017 general election was Nicola Blackwood, a Conservative.[n 2]
The former Conservative Minister John Patten, MP for Oxford from 1979, won the 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 one of the most marginal results of that election. Blackwood held the seat until the 2017 general election when she was defeated by Liberal Democrat Layla Moran.
The constituency includes 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 – the constituency covering the rest of the city being Oxford East. 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%. The area has rapid transit connections to London, Reading and the commercial heart of Oxford, has large business and research parks and a choice of two major railway stations, Oxford and Didcot Parkway.
- The District of Vale of White Horse wards of Abbey, Caldecott, Cumnor, Fitzharris, Hinksey, Kennington, Northcourt, Ock, Radley, St Helen Without, and Sunningwell and Wootton, and the City of Oxford wards of Central, Cherwell, North, South, West, and Wolvercote.
- The District of Vale of White Horse wards of Abbey, Caldecott, Cumnor, Fitzharris, Hinksey, Kennington, Northcourt, Ock, Radley, St Helen Without, and Sunningwell and Wootton, the City of Oxford wards of Central, Cherwell, North, West, and Wolvercote, and the District of Cherwell wards of Gosford, North West Kidlington, and South East Kidlington.
- Since 2010
- The District of Vale of White Horse wards of 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, the City of Oxford wards of Jericho and Osney, North, St Margaret's, Summertown, and Wolvercote, and the District of Cherwell wards of Kidlington North, Kidlington South, and Yarnton, Gosford and Water Eaton.
Members of Parliament
|1997||Evan Harris||Liberal Democrat|
|2017||Layla Moran||Liberal Democrat|
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrat||Layla Moran||26,256||43.7||+14.8|
|Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative||Swing||9.1|
|Liberal Democrat||Layla Moran||16,571||28.9||−13.1|
|National Health Action||Helen Salisbury||723||1.3||N/A|
|Socialist (GB)||Mike Foster||66||0.1||N/A|
|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
|Liberal Democrat||Evan Harris||24,336||46.3||−1.5|
|Liberal Democrat hold||Swing||−1.6|
|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
|Liberal Democrat||Evan Harris||26,268||42.9||+7.1|
|ProLife Alliance||Linda Hodge||238||0.4||N/A|
|Natural Law||Anne Wilson||91||0.1||+0.0|
|Local Government||John Rose||48||0.1||N/A|
|Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative||Swing||+10.4|
|Liberal Democrat||William Goodhart||21,624||39.0||+1.6|
|Anti-Federalist League||Susan Nelson||98||0.2||N/A|
|Natural Law||Geoffrey Wells||75||0.1||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|Social Democratic||Chris Huhne||20,293||37.4||+4.1|
|Social Democratic||Evan Luard||16,627||33.3||N/A|
|Monster Raving Loony||Robert Jones||267||0.5||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
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- Election result, 2010 (BBC)
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- Election results, 1997–2001 (BBC)
- Election results, 1997–2001 (Election Demon)
- Election results, 1983–1997 (Election Demon)