In Oxfordshire, results are pretty predictable.
In Witney, David Cameron secured an easy victory with 35,201 votes (60%) followed by Duncan Enright (Labour) with 10,046 votes (17%). Third place went to UKIP with 5,352 votes (9%), pushing the Liberals into fourth place with 3,953 votes (7%). While this result was entirely predictable, his position as PM was less sure and the look of relief on his face today is well worth seeing.
In Oxford West & Abingdon, Nicola Blackwood (Conservative) boosted her wafer thin 2010 majority of just 176 with 26,153 votes (47%). Second was the Liberal, Layla Moran, with 16,571 votes (29%) and this was once one of the strongest Liberal organisations in the country. I can’t tell you what a joy it is to see them crushed here in Oxfordshire.
In Oxford East, Andrew Smith (Labour) held his seat with 25,356 votes (50%). Melanie McGee (Conservative) came a very creditable second with 10,076 votes (20%). She is a Cherwell Councillor and Chairman of Cherwell Council. I suspect she will find herself with a safer seat at the next election. The Green candidate, Ann Duncan took third place with 5,890 votes (12%) and the Liberals were pushed firmly into fourth place with 5,453 votes (11%).
In Henley, John Howell was easily re-elected for the Conservatives with 32,292 votes (58%). John was an Oxfordshire County Councillor and a very talented member of my County Cabinet before he went for the Henley seat after Boris was elected London Mayor. Second was Sam Juthani (Labour) with 6,917 votes (13%). Pushed very thoroughly into third place was the Liberal, Sue Green, with 6,205 votes (11%).
In Wantage, Ed Vaizey was returned for the Conservatives with 31,092 (53%). Second was Stephen Webb (Labour) with 9,343 votes (16%), pushing the Liberal’s Alex Meredith into third place with 7,611 votes (13%). Ed was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Communications & the Creative Industries in the last government, a post that he has clearly enjoyed enormously. Watch this space to see if he retains the job in Cameron’s new government.
In Banbury, Victoria Prentis slipped easily into Tony Baldry’s seat with 30,749 votes (53%). Second was Sean Woodcock (Labour) with 12,354 votes (21%). UKIP’s Dickie Bird secured third place with 8,050 votes (14%) and pushing the Liberal, John Howson, into fourth place with 3,440 votes (6%). Mrs Prentis has spent her working life as a Treasury lawyer and lives in a manor house in the leafy village of Somerton. She needs to swap her tweeds for jeans and trainers to get to know the good burgers of Banbury & Bicester and may face a tougher contest in 2020 if the boundary changes are as expected.