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Oxford East (UK Parliament constituency)

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Oxford East is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament by Anneliese Dodds of the Labour Party.[n 2]

Oxford East
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Oxford East in Oxfordshire.
Outline map
Location of Oxfordshire within England.
County Oxfordshire
Electorate 81,644 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Oxford and Cowley
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of parliament Anneliese Dodds (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Oxford (majority) (abolished), Mid Oxfordshire and Henley[2]
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency South East England
Oxford East parliamentary election 2010 candidates (Andrew Smith represented by a colleague) with hustings chair the Very Revd Bob Wilkes.

The constituency covers the eastern and southern parts of Oxford in Oxfordshire. It borders Oxford West and Abingdon to the West and Henley to the North, East and South.

The constituency includes Oxford city centre and the majority of the Oxford colleges, Cowley (famous for its car factory) and the Blackbird Leys council estate, but it contains a large percentage of students from Oxford and Oxford Brookes universities (the latter being based in the seat, in leafy suburban Headington). At the end of 2010 unemployment claimant count was 2.3%, 45th of the 84 South East constituencies and close to the mean of 2.45%.[3]

Contents

HistoryEdit

Until 1983, the whole of Oxford, including most of this seat, was part of the Oxford constituency.

For the first four years Oxford East was served by Conservative Steven Norris. He was defeated by Labour candidate Andrew Smith, who held the seat for the next 30 years. The Conservative share of the vote fell to 18.8% in 2010. The seat became a Labour–Liberal Democrat marginal in 2005, as Smith came within a thousand votes of losing the seat.

In 2015 the second-placed candidate became a Conservative. The 2015 result made the seat the 80th-safest of Labour's 232 seats by percentage of majority.[4] Five of nine parties' candidates achieved more than deposit-retaining threshold of 5% of the vote in 2015. Smith retired at the 2017 election, and was succeeded by Anneliese Dodds, who won by 23,284 votes (43.2%), the biggest margin of victory for any candidate in Oxford East's history, and the largest margin for any Oxford MP in a contested election since before the First World War.

Conservative ex-MP Norris won the largest runner-up share of the vote to date, in the 1987 election – 40.4% of the vote. Turnout has ranged between 78.9% in 1987 and 55.8% in 2001.

BoundariesEdit

 
Oxford East candidates in the 2010 general election at a climate change hustings.
1983–1997
The City of Oxford wards of Blackbird Leys, East, Headington, Iffley, Marston, Quarry, St Clement's, Temple Cowley, and Wood Farm, and the District of South Oxfordshire wards of Littlemore, Marston, and Risinghurst.
1997–2010
The City of Oxford wards of Blackbird Leys, East, Headington, Iffley, Littlemore, Marston, Old Marston and Risinghurst, Quarry, St Clement's, South, Temple Cowley, and Wood Farm. The 1997 boundary changes moved two semi-rural Conservative-leaning wards out of the seat, and incorporated the urban Oxford South ward that was strong for the Liberal Democrats and Labour.
Since 2010
The City of Oxford wards of 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, and St Mary's. Parliament accepted the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies which slightly altered this constituency for the General Election 2010. These changes added Carfax and Holywell wards from Oxford West and Abingdon. This means that Oxford city centre and the majority of Oxford colleges now sit in Oxford East, whereas they had previously sat in Oxford West and Abingdon for the most part. It was expected that this would benefit the Liberal Democrats in this marginal constituency. However, when the seat was contested on new boundaries the Labour incumbent Andrew Smith managed to quadruple his majority on various pro-Labour two-party swings defying the vast majority of those nationally.[n 3]

Members of ParliamentEdit

ElectionsEdit

Elections in the 2010sEdit

General Election 2017: Oxford East[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Anneliese Dodds[8] 35,118 65.2  15.1
Conservative Suzanne Bartington[9] 11,834 22.0  2.1
Liberal Democrat Kirsten Johnson[10] 4,904 9.1  1.7
Green Larry Sanders[11] 1,785 3.3  8.3
Independent Chaka Artwell 255 0.5  0.2
Majority 23,284 43.2  13.2
Turnout 53,896 68.8  4.6
Labour hold Swing  6.5
General Election 2015: Oxford East[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Andrew Smith 25,356 50.0 +7.5
Conservative Melanie Magee 10,076 19.9 +1.0
Green Ann Duncan[13] 5,890 11.6 +9.2
Liberal Democrat Alasdair Murray[14] 5,453 10.8 -22.8
UKIP Ian Macdonald[15] 3,451 6.8 +4.5
Independent Chaka Artwell[16] 160 0.3 +0.3
Monster Raving Loony Mad Hatter[16] 145 0.3 +0.3
TUSC James Morbin[17] 108 0.2 +0.2
Socialist (GB) Kevin Parkin[18] 50 0.1 +0.1
Majority 15,280 30.1
Turnout 50,689 64.2[19]
Labour hold Swing
 
Oxford East parliamentary election 2010 candidates (Andrew Smith represented by a colleague) with hustings chair the Very Revd Bob Wilkes.
General Election 2010: Oxford East[20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Andrew Smith 21,938 42.47 +6.5
Liberal Democrat Steve Goddard 17,357 33.6 −1.6
Conservative Ed Argar 9,727 18.8 +1.5
Green Sushila Dhall[21] 1,238 2.4 −2.1
UKIP Julia Gasper 1,202 2.3 +0.6
Socialist Equality David O'Sullivan 116 0.2 N/A
Equal Parenting Alliance Roger Crawford 73 0.1 N/A
Majority 4,581 8.9
Turnout 51,651 63.1 +5.6
Labour hold Swing +2.45

Elections in the 2000sEdit

General Election 2005: Oxford East[22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Andrew Smith 15,405 36.9 −12.5
Liberal Democrat Steve Goddard 14,442 34.6 +11.2
Conservative Virginia Morris 6,992 16.7 −2.0
Green Jacob Sanders 1,813 4.3 +0.5
Independent ('New Loony') Honest Blair 1,485 3.6 N/A
Independent Working Class Maurice Leen 892 2.1 N/A
UKIP Peter Gardner 715 1.7 +0.3
Independent Pathmanathan Mylvaganam 46 0.1 −0.1
Majority 963 2.3
Turnout 41,790 57.9 +2.1
Labour hold Swing −11.8
General Election 2001: Oxford East[23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Andrew Smith 19,681 49.4 −7.4
Liberal Democrat Steve Goddard 9,337 23.4 +8.7
Conservative Cheryl Potter 7,446 18.7 −3.3
Green Pritam Singh 1,501 3.8 +1.7
Socialist Alliance John Lister 708 1.8 N/A
UKIP Peter Gardner 570 1.4 +0.9
Socialist Labour Fahim Ahmed 274 0.7 N/A
ProLife Alliance Linda Hodge 254 0.6 −0.1
Independent Pathmanathan Mylvaganam 77 0.2 0.0
Majority 10,344 26.0
Turnout 39,848 55.8 −12.6
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990sEdit

General Election 1997: Oxford East[24][25][26][27]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Andrew Smith 27,205 56.8 +6.6
Conservative Jonathan Djanogly 10,540 22.0 −11.5
Liberal Democrat George Kershaw 7,038 14.7 +0.7
Referendum John Young 1,391 2.9 N/A
Green Craig Simmons 975 2.0 +0.0
ProLife Alliance William Harper-Jones 318 0.7 N/A
UKIP Peter Gardner 234 0.5 N/A
Natural Law John Thompson 108 0.2 N/A
Independent Anti-majority Democracy Pathmanathan Mylvaganam 68 0.2 N/A
Majority 16,665 34.8 +18.1
Turnout 47,877 68.4
Labour hold Swing +9.1
General Election 1992: Oxford East[28][29][30]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Andrew Smith 23,702 50.4 +7.4
Conservative Mark Mayall 16,164 34.3 −6.1
Liberal Democrat Martin Horwood 6,105 13.0 −2.6
Green Caroline Lucas 933 2.0 +1.1
Natural Law Ann Wilson 101 0.2 N/A
Revolutionary Communist Keith Thompson 48 0.1 N/A
Majority 7,538 16.1 +13.5
Turnout 47,053 74.6 −4.3
Labour hold Swing +6.8

Elections in the 1980sEdit

General Election 1987: Oxford East[31]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Andrew Smith 21,103 43.0 +5.7
Conservative Steven Norris 19,815 40.4 +0.4
Liberal Margaret Godden 7,648 15.6 −7.1
Green Dave Dalton 441 0.9 N/A
Independent Pathmanathan Mylvaganam 60 0.1 N/A
Majority 1,288 2.6 −0.1
Turnout 49,067 78.9 +5.0
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +2.7
General Election 1983: Oxford East[32]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Steven Norris 18,808 40.0 N/A
Labour Andrew Smith 17,541 37.3 N/A
Liberal Margaret Godden 10,690 22.7 N/A
Majority 1,267 2.7 N/A
Turnout 47,039 73.9 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

Neighbouring constituenciesEdit

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

Notes
  1. ^ A borough constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. ^ As with all constituencies, the constituency elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.
  3. ^ In 2008 on the constituency's previous boundaries Labour candidates won in local government elections 11 of the wards, Lib Dems: 4, Greens: 3 and an Independent Working Class Association candidate won the remaining ward seat.
References
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "'Oxford East', June 1983 up to May 1997". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Retrieved 13 March 2016. 
  3. ^ Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
  4. ^ List of Labour MPs elected in 2015 by % majority UK Political.info. Retrieved 29 January 2017
  5. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "O"
  6. ^ "GENERAL ELECTION: List of Oxfordshire parliamentary candidates published". The Oxford Times. 
  7. ^ "South Live: Thursday 11 May". BBC News. 
  8. ^ "Parliamentary candidate announced to replace Labour's Andrew Smith". Oxford Mail. Retrieved 27 April 2017. 
  9. ^ "Conservatives reveal Dr Suzanne Bartington as candidate for Oxford East". Oxford Mail. Retrieved 7 May 2017. 
  10. ^ "Dr Kirsten Johnson". Liberal Democrats. 
  11. ^ "Larry Sanders pledges to tackle inequality if he becomes Oxford East MP". Oxford Mail. 
  12. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  13. ^ "Ann Duncan". Oxfordshire Green Party. 
  14. ^ McKenzie, Conor (2 March 2015). "Alasdair Murray to Take the Fight to Labour". Oxford East Lib Dems. Retrieved 3 March 2015. 
  15. ^ "UK Polling Report". 
  16. ^ a b Collie, Jason. "Oxford East candidates – who you can vote for". Oxford Mail. Newsquest. Retrieved 10 April 2015. 
  17. ^ "TUSC parliamentary candidates in May 2015" (PDF). TUSC. 4 February 2015. 
  18. ^ "General Election – Campaign News". Socialist Party of Great Britain. 15 January 2015. 
  19. ^ total electorate 78978: email from Oxford City
  20. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  21. ^ Oxfordshire Green Party news release, 4 February 2010. Peter Tatchell was the prospective parliamentary candidate for the Green Party until withdrawing in December 2009 for health reasons.
  22. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  23. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  24. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  25. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1997. Politics Resources. 1 May 1997. Retrieved 7 January 2011. 
  26. ^ Rallings, C; Thrasher, M (1995). The Media Guide to the New Parliamentary Constituencies. Plymouth: LGC Elections Centre. p. 131. 
  27. ^ The 1997 election result is calculated relative to the notional, not the actual, 1992 result.
  28. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  29. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  30. ^ This was an unusual election, in which an incumbent was challenged by two people who later became MPs.
  31. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  32. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 

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