West Oxfordshire District Council

A third of the seats in West Oxfordshire were up for election this year. Find out more about these elections.

Election 2018 Results

Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change


Elected in 2018 10 Total councillors 35 Change-5

PartyLiberal Democrat

Elected in 2018 4 Total councillors 8 Change+3


Elected in 2018 3 Total councillors 6 Change+2
Councillors change compared with 2014

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Rare butterfly returns to nature reserve

Black hairstreak
West Oxfordshire District Council

A rare butterfly has been spotted at a nature reserve in Oxfordshire for the first time in three decades.

The black hairstreak, which has a limited range - mostly in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire - is only seen in June and early July.

Stuart Hodges of Butterfly Conservation spotted the insect at North Leigh Common - the first confirmed sighting there since 1988.

West Oxfordshire District Council has introduced a new management plan for the common land to encourage the black hairstreak to thrive.

West Oxfordshire District Council election results

The political make-up of West Oxfordshire District Council is now: Conservative 35; Liberal Democrats 8; Labour 6.

Seventeen out of 49 seats were up for election.

The Tories lost five seats, while the Liberal Democrats and Labour gained three and two seats respectively.

More detailed results can be found here.

'Results prove nothing' warns professor

BBC Radio Oxford

Conservatives celebrating in Swindon
Prof McLean says the Tories holding Swindon fitted a pattern also seen in West Oxfordshire

You can be sure each political party will be picking over last night's results in detail to understand where they succeeded and failed.

But they are misguided if they try to predict how they might have fared in a general election, says Ian McLean, professor of politics at the University of Oxford.

"People say 'if there was a general election what do these results prove', I want to say absolutely nothing", Prof McLean told BBC Radio Oxford.

That warning aside, he said there was a pattern of areas which chose to leave the EU voting Conservative and areas which voted to remain backing Labour.

He mentioned West Oxfordshire and Swindon, where the Tories held control, as examples.

"Labour was quite confident of winning the council [in Swindon] and they failed to do so... And Swindon was a leave voting area."

Parties maintain control of Oxfordshire councils

Bethan Phillips

Political reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Round-up of results and reaction

In West Oxfordshire there was disappointment for the ruling Conservatives - they lost five seats in total to Labour and Lib Dems.

Meanwhile, Labour also did well in Oxford - the party has a strong majority in the city and last night gained another seat.

Counting for Cherwell District Council is due to take place later today.

BreakingConservatives hold West Oxfordshire

The Conservatives have held West Oxfordshire District Council, despite losing two seats to the Lib Dems

Early results from West Oxfordshire

A few early results coming in from West Oxfordshire. The Conservatives are dominant here and it's mathematically impossible for them to lose their majority.

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No UKIP candidates in Oxfordshire

Bethan Phillips

Political reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Ballot Box

UKIP will not be fielding candidates in any of the local elections in Oxfordshire this year.

Elections for Oxford City Council, West Oxfordshire District Council and Cherwell District Council are being held in May.

A total of 58 seats are available and when they were last contested in 2014 UKIP fielded candidates in the majority of them, although it did not win any.

In a statement the party says internal elections have dominated its agenda it had taken its "eyes off the ball".

But it added its membership was rising again and that UKIP was "getting back on track."

New consultation on West Oxfordshire housing plan

Brick laying
The draft plan includes a target to build 15,950 homes

A draft plan which includes a target to build nearly 16,000 homes in West Oxfordshire before 2031 is going out to consultation again.

The West Oxfordshire Local Plan sets out the vision for development in the area over the next thirteen years.

West Oxfordshire District Council has been told it is capable of being found legally "sound" subject to modifications.

Consultation on these changes will take place until 9 April.