Oxford West and Abingdon (OxWAb) has a well educated, socially conscious electorate with a strong sense of community. It is one of 6 parliamentary constituencies in Oxfordshire.
Oxford West and Abingdon stretches along the A34 from Kidlington in the north to Abingdon in the south. In Oxford it includes north and west Oxford and includes the parishes as far west as Appleton and Besselsleigh. The result is a constituency with a wide mix of students, city, town and villages.
The constituency includes parts of 3 different District Councils: around half of the Vale of White Horse District, a fifth of Oxford City and the south western part of Cherwell District. This means that there are council elections every year somewhere in the constituency.
Oxford West and Abingdon constituency was held by the Liberal Democrats from 1997 until 2010. The Conservatives won by a very narrow margin of just 176 votes in 2010. In the 2015 General Election the Conservatives held the constituency with the Liberal Democrat candidate, Layla Moran, maintaining a strong second place despite a difficult national backdrop.
The Liberal Democrats are the official opposition on the Vale of White Horse District Council and hold 7 of the 24 seats within the constituency. We hold 6 of the 10 seats in the constituency on Oxford City Council. On Cherwell District Council there is currently one Liberal Democrat Councillor whose ward is in the constituency.
The local Lib Dem team are growing quickly, with over 100 new members joining in 2015. The team have also been very successful with local elections and by-elections in recent years. In the most recent by-election in Abingdon for the District Council, Margaret Crick won for the Lib Dems with over 50% of votes cast, securing a 10.4% swing from the Tories to the Lib Dems.
Hundreds of local residents are members and volunteers for the Lib Dems in Oxford West & Abingdon. If you would like to be a part of the Oxford West & Abingdon Lib Dems team, you can join the party or volunteer by following the links below.