Witney

2015 Result:
Conservative: 35201 (60.3%)
Labour: 10046 (17.2%)
Lib Dem: 3953 (6.8%)
Green: 2970 (5.1%)
UKIP: 5352 (9.2%)
NHA: 616 (1.1%)
Independent: 12 (0%)
Others: 238 (0.4%)
MAJORITY: 25155 (43.1%)

Category: Ultra-safe Conservative seat

Geography: South East, Oxfordshire. Contains the whole of the West Oxfordshire council area.

Main population centres: Witney, Carterton, Woodstock, Chipping Norton, Burford, Charlbury.

Profile: Large rural seat in the West of Oxfordshire, including the Oxfordshire part of the Cotwolds. This is the affluent rural England of the "Chipping Norton set" (the name given to the media to the social circle around David Cameron and his wife, including Elizabeth Murdoch, Matthew Freud, Rebekah Brooks and Charlie Dunstone). There is agriculture here, but other important parts of the local economy are high-tech motorsport, the large RAF base at Brize Norton and tourism from the Cotswolds and Blenheim Palace.

Politics: Generally a very safe Conservative seat, made even more so by the extra support party leaders normally enjoy at the ballot box. The seat has been won by the Conservatives since its creation in 1983, originally being held by former Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd. Between 1999 and 2001 it was briefly represented by Labour when the then MP Shaun Woodward defected to Labour after being sacking for opposing Section 28. Since 2001 it has been represented by David Cameron.


Current MP
DAVID CAMERON (Conservative) Born 1966, London. Educated at Eton and Oxford University, where he was a member of the infamous Bullingdon club. Former Conservative party researcher, special advisor to Norman Lamont from 1992-1993 and Michael Howard 1993-1994, and director of Corporate Affairs at Carlton Television from 1994-2001. Contested Stafford 1997. First elected as MP for Witney in 2001. Vice-Chairman of the Conservative party 2003-2004, local government spokesman 2004, head of policy co-ordination 2004-2005, shadow education secretary 2005. Leader of the Conservative party since 2005, Prime Minister since 2010. David Cameron was promoted to shadow education secretary after the 2005 election, being seen as Howard`s preferred choice as successor. His speech at the 2005 Conservative party conference, and a lacklustre speech by the then frontrunner David Davis saw him become the favourite and he was elected leader of the Conservative party in December 2005, despite allegations of drug use surfacing during the campaign. As leader of the Conservative party Cameron sought to rebrand the Conservative party, making the environment a central plank of policy, pushing for the selection of female candidates and largely avoiding traditional Conservative issues such as immigration. This lead to large Conservative leads mid-term, but these fell back as the 2010 election approached, particularly after the leader debates which saw Liberal Democrat support surge. The Conservatives fell short of a majority, and Cameron became Prime Minister at the head of a Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition. He is married to Samantha Cameron and the couple have four children - their oldest son Ivan was severely disabled and died in 2009, their youngest daughter Florence was born after Cameron became Prime Minister in 2010.
Past Results
2010
Con: 33973 (59%)
Lab: 7511 (13%)
LDem: 11233 (19%)
GRN: 2385 (4%)
Oth: 2667 (5%)
MAJ: 22740 (39%)
2005*
Con: 26571 (49%)
Lab: 11845 (22%)
LDem: 12415 (23%)
GRN: 1682 (3%)
Oth: 1356 (3%)
MAJ: 14156 (26%)
2001
Con: 22153 (45%)
Lab: 14180 (29%)
LDem: 10000 (20%)
GRN: 1100 (2%)
Oth: 1770 (4%)
MAJ: 7973 (16%)
1997
Con: 24282 (43%)
Lab: 17254 (31%)
LDem: 11202 (20%)
Oth: 1401 (2%)
MAJ: 7028 (12%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

Demographics
2015 Candidates
DAVID CAMERON (Conservative) See above.
DUNCAN ENRIGHT (Labour) Educated at Oxford University. Publisher. West Oxfordshire councillor since 2012.
ANDREW GRAHAM (Liberal Democrat) Born Birmingham. Teacher and playwright. East Hertfordshire councillor 1995-2011. Contested Clacton by-election 2014.
SIMON STRUTT (UKIP) Contested Buckingham 2010 as a Cut the Deficit candidate. Contested South East region 2014 European Elections for UKIP.
STUART MACDONALD (Green) Born 1946, Glasgow. Educated at Hitchin Boys Grammar and Cambridge University. Professor. Contested Witney 2010.
COLIN BEX (Wessex Regionalist) Architect. Contested Windsor and Maidenhead 1979, 1983, Portsmouth North 1997, Wells 2001, Dorset South 2005, Witney 2010, Eastleigh 2012 by-election.
CLIVE PEEDELL (NHA) Born Botley. Oncologist.
DEEK JACKSON (Land Party) Comedian. Contested Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath 2010.
VIVIEN SAUNDERS (Reduce VAT in Sport) Born 1946, Sutton. Educated at Nonsuch County High and London University. Golf club owner and former British Open Champion. Awarded the OBE in 1997 for services to golf.
CHRIS TOMPSON (Independent)
NATHAN HANDLEY (No description)
BOBBY SMITH (Give me back Elmo)
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Comments - 2,062 Responses on “Witney”
  1. https://www.spectator.co.uk/2017/03/life-after-no-10-is-not-what-david-cameron-was-hoping-for/

    The thing that strikes me about Cameron is how quickly he has faded from the public consciousness. Arguably Tony Blair has a more powerful pull over the political zeitgeist, and he (a) left office ten years ago and (b) is very widely hated.

  2. I’m sure I don’t speak for too many but i voted tory in 2010 precisely because of Cameron

    I didn’t repeat the feat in 2015 but i could never vote for Brexit cheerleader and Trump-inspired May and current comparisons with Thatchet do the iron lady I huge dis-service, who I imagine would view May with the same contempt she did Hague with her ‘wee Willie’ remarks

  3. Andrew111 on September 29, 2016
    “Next May I predict more gains for the Lib Dems than any other party, just like this May… Perhaps you did not notice??”

  4. http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/uk/2017/08/david-and-samantha-cameron-troll-nation-kitchen-sign

    He’s well on the way to overtaking Tony Blair in the most hated former Prime Minister competition. Quite an achievement, that.

  5. Blair is a much more divisive character. strong personalities often are. He is on any metric a more substantial figure than Cameron.

  6. From the New Statesman: “Samantha Cameron gave Harper’s Bazaar a tour of her family’s Cotswold home – and your Mole spat out its breakfast at the results. Inside the “gloriously untidy kitchen”, a radio played “indie rock from BBC 6 Music” (all safely on-message). But wait, what’s this? “A placard that reads ‘Calm down dear it’s only a recession’ leans up against the window behind the sink.”

    An interesting passage, as I remember David Cameron geeing up support in a general election because he was outraged and shocked, shocked! by a private note from a Labour MP making light of the recession, which demonstrated that you can’t trust Labour with the economy.

  7. Harry Perkins,

    Amazing to see you hoisting me with a prediction last Sept when so many other incorrect predictions abound.

    However, without any fear of being proved wrong my prediction was conditional on Theresa keeping her word on General Elections!

    As we see, predicting that Theresa will keep her word is perhaps the most foolish prediction of all!

  8. I will check in another 3 months to see if you reply! 🙂

  9. According to the Mail, David Cameron claimed £50,000 when he stood down after losing the EU Referendum.

    Unusually, Clegg also received £115,000 available to ex-PMs.

    Blair and Major and received the full £115k.

  10. Good for them. Brings to mind an Elizabeth Taylor quote: If someone is stupid enough to pay me 1 million dollars for a film role, I’m not stupid enough to turn it down.

  11. Depends on how bad the film is

  12. She was a solid actrsss and a great beauty in her day, but yes, she was in some shockers. Par for the course in Hollywood.

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