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Witney

2010 Results:
Conservative: 33973 (58.81%)
Labour: 7511 (13%)
Liberal Democrat: 11233 (19.44%)
UKIP: 2001 (3.46%)
Green: 2385 (4.13%)
Monster Raving Loony: 234 (0.41%)
Independent: 370 (0.64%)
Others: 62 (0.11%)
Majority: 22740 (39.37%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Conservative: 25487 (49.3%)
Liberal Democrat: 11706 (22.7%)
Labour: 11534 (22.3%)
Other: 2920 (5.7%)
Majority: 13781 (26.7%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 26571 (49.3%)
Labour: 11845 (22%)
Liberal Democrat: 12415 (23%)
Green: 1682 (3.1%)
UKIP: 1356 (2.5%)
Majority: 14156 (26.3%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 22153 (45%)
Labour: 14180 (28.8%)
Liberal Democrat: 10000 (20.3%)
UKIP: 767 (1.6%)
Green: 1100 (2.2%)
Other: 1003 (2%)
Majority: 7973 (16.2%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 24282 (43.1%)
Labour: 17254 (30.6%)
Liberal Democrat: 11202 (19.9%)
Referendum: 2262 (4%)
Other: 1401 (2.5%)
Majority: 7028 (12.5%)

Boundary changes:

Profile:

portraitCurrent MP: David Cameron(Conservative) born 1966, London. Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party. Educated at Eton and Oxford University, where he was a member of hte infamous Bullingdon club. Following university he worked in the Conservative Research department from 1988-1992. Special advisor to Norman Lamont from 1992-1993 and Michael Howard 1993-1994. Director of Corporate Affairs at Carlton Television from 1994-2001. Contested Stafford 1997. First elected as MP for Witney in 2001, following the defection of his predecessor Shaun Woodward to Labour. Vice-Chairman of the Conservative party 2003-2004, local government spokesman 2004, head of policy co-ordination 2004-2005. Following the 2005 election he was promoted to shadow education secretary. Following the announcement of Michael Howard`s resignation as leader Cameron indicated his intention to stand, 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 has 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. Became Prime Minister at the head of a Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition in 2010 (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitDavid Cameron(Conservative) born 1966, London. Leader of the Conservative Party. Educated at Eton and Oxford University, where he was a member of hte infamous Bullingdon club. Following university he worked in the Conservative Research department from 1988-1992. Special advisor to Norman Lamont from 1992-1993 and Michael Howard 1993-1994. Director of Corporate Affairs at Carlton Television from 1994-2001. Contested Stafford 1997. First elected as MP for Witney in 2001, following the defection of his predecessor Shaun Woodward to Labour. Vice-Chairman of the Conservative party 2003-2004, local government spokesman 2004, head of policy co-ordination 2004-2005. Following the 2005 election he was promoted to shadow education secretary. Following the announcement of Michael Howard`s resignation as leader Cameron indicated his intention to stand, 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 has 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 (more information at They work for you)
portraitJoe Goldberg (Labour) Educated at Bristol University. Former political assistant to George Foulkes.
portraitDawn Barnes (Liberal Democrat) Communications professional.
portraitStuart Macdonald (Green) born 1946, Glasgow. Educated Hitchin Boys’ Grammar School and Cambridge University. Author and Professor at Sheffield University Management School.
portraitNikolai Tolstoy (UKIP) Born 1935. Educated at Wellington College and Sandhurst. Author and historian. Contested Barnsley East 1996 by-election, Wantage 1997, 2001, 2005.
portraitHowling Laud Hope (Official Monster Raving Loony) Real name Alan Hope. Born Mytchett. Publican. Leader of the Monster Raving Loony Party since 1999. Contested Teignbridge 1983, 1987, 1992, Aldershot 1997, Eddisbury by-election 1999, Kensington and Chelsea by-election 1999, Brent East by-election 2003, Hartlepool by-election 2004, Aldershot 2005, Blaenau Gwent by-election 2006, Sedgefield by-election 2007, Norwich North by-election 2009.
portraitPaul Wesson (Independent) Educated at Trent Polytechnic. Political consultant, former RAF officer. Former West Oxfordshire councillor for the Conservative party. Contested Witney 2005 for UKIP.
portraitColin Bex (Wessex Regionalists) Architect. Contested Windsor and Maidenhead 1979, 1983, Portsmouth North 1997, Wells 2001, Dorset South 2005.
portraitJohnnie Cook (Independent) Retired farmer.
portraitAaron Barschak (Independent) Born 1966. Educated at City of London school. Stand up comedian, calling himself the “comedy terrorist” he was arrested in 2003 for gate-crashing Prince William`s 21st birthday party dressed as Osama bin Laden. Contested Brent East 2003 by-election.

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 95640
Male: 49.2%
Female: 50.8%
Under 18: 22.6%
Over 60: 21%
Born outside UK: 5.9%
White: 98.4%
Black: 0.2%
Asian: 0.4%
Mixed: 0.7%
Other: 0.4%
Christian: 77.4%
Full time students: 2%
Graduates 16-74: 23.3%
No Qualifications 16-74: 21.9%
Owner-Occupied: 73.2%
Social Housing: 13.1% (Council: 4.4%, Housing Ass.: 8.7%)
Privately Rented: 7.9%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 4.1%

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