Thousands off to polls as election fever hits county

Voters arrive at Wesley Memorial Church polling station in Oxford city centre.     Picture: OX67321 Damian Halliwell

Voters arrive at Wesley Memorial Church polling station in Oxford city centre. Picture: OX67321 Damian Halliwell

First published in News Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Council Reporter, also covering Oxford city centre. Call me on 01865 425429

THOUSANDS of voters across Oxfordshire went to the polls yesterday to choose their councillors and MEPs.

European elections were held across the county while in Oxford, West Oxfordshire and Cherwell there were also district council elections.

In Oxford, 25 of the 48 city council seats were up for election while in Cherwell and West Oxfordshire there were 17 places on the council up for grabs.

Meanwhile voters across the South East were electing 10 MEPs to represent them in the European Parliament and these were being elected by a form of proportional representation called the party list system.

Polling booths closed at 10pm yesterday and the votes for the local elections will be counted today.

Counts begin this morning at Oxford’s Town Hall, at the Windrush Leisure Centre in Witney and at the Spiceball Leisure Centre in Banbury.

Results for the European elections will be counted across Oxfordshire on Sunday evening and then announced by Southampton City Council after the number of MEPs each party is allocated has been calculated.

In Oxford, Labour currently have the majority of seats in the council chamber with 30 councillors and will be hoping to increase the strength of their administration.

Meanwhile, the Lib Dems have 13 seats and will be hoping to avoid too much of a backlash from its presence in the Coalition Government. A total of 25 seats of the council’s 48 are up for election and nine of these are currently held by the Lib Dems.

The Green Party, which has five seats, is attempting to profit from any Lib Dem losses and become the city council’s official opposition.

In West Oxfordshire, the Conservatives have a large majority of the 49 councillors and are hoping to resist a challenge from Labour, which together with the Lib Dems curre-ntly has four seats.

But UKIP has put 11 candidates up in the 17 district council seats that are being contested this year, and is hoping to make its first breakthrough in Oxfordshire by winning a seat in the Prime Minister’s own backyard.

Conservatives in Cherwell have the overwhelming control of the council, with 41 of the 50 seats. But last year’s elections to Oxfordshire County Council saw them lose to Labour in Banbury, something they will be attempting to avoid.

The Lib Dems only have three councillors – all in Kidlington – and will be hoping a very localised campaign will see them keep the two seats which are up for election this year.

But UKIP also poses a challenge in this district and is standing candidates in every ward but one.

  • Follow the council election results live today here on our website

VOTING VIEWS

I don’t really care because it doesn’t matter who you vote for, they are not going to keep their promises so there’s no point. The BNP and UKIP, it’s atrocious what they are doing. Everyone has a right to live in this country and some of the things they are saying are diabolical.

Oxford Mail:

  • Diane Dodson, 53, of Botley

All of the old laws are being stretched to the point that people are being able to come over here in any way that is a benefit for them, but it is part of the EU agreement. Some people are not entitled to the benefits that the taxpayer has been paying for.

Oxford Mail:

  • Dennis Rodgers, 56, of Headington

There has not been anyone round to see us or give us much information. A lot of people do not know what is going on. I don’t think we have been given a clear indication of what we are voting for. We need someone to discuss and turn up on our doorstep.

Oxford Mail:

  • Julie Hayday, 60, of Forest Hill

I’m not happy with the Tory party as I don’t think all these facts are true about immigration. I think they are making it very hard for people. I don’t think they are doing things for the working class people. I think we should be independent, I think Scotland has got the right idea.

Oxford Mail:

  • Johnson Henry, 60, of Yarnton

Top News

Our top stories:

Randolph Hotel: Hundreds of witnesses watch as iconic venue burns

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Saturday 18th April 2015

WITNESSES of the fire that gripped the Randolph Hotel for hours yesterday described the moment they watched one of Oxford’s historic landmarks go up in flames.

Randolph Hotel: We won't let the fire destroy our wedding today

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Saturday 18th April 2015

WEDDING parties, transatlantic tourists and couples celebrating their anniversaries were among the guests evacuated from the five star hotel yesterday afternoon.

Randolph Hotel: Firefighters try to work out what sparked blaze

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Saturday 18th April 2015

FIRE crews are trying to establish exactly what caused the huge blaze at Oxford’s Randolph Hotel yesterday.

Sewage flows down the street as drains back up

Oxford Mail:

2:00pm Saturday 18th April 2015

SEWAGE overflowing at a block of flats in Barton has sparked anger from residents.

Reward to find cancer victim's missing dog

Oxford Mail:

12:58pm Saturday 18th April 2015

A CANCER sufferer has offered a “substantial financial reward” for anyone who can find her missing dog.

And they're off! More than 100 classic cars leave the Mini plant in Cowley for Longbridge Rally

Oxford Mail:

11:09am Saturday 18th April 2015

A CONVOY of more than 100 Minis, Morris Minors and other classic cars left the BMW plant in Cowley this morning to parade through Oxford.

Video: Sport for dogs is a bit of a Rhum-do

Oxford Mail:

10:00am Saturday 18th April 2015

YOU may not have heard of Flyball – the team sport for dogs.

Update: Victim of sex abuse gang says her experience has inspired her to help others

Oxford Mail:

10:00am Saturday 18th April 2015

ONE of the victims in the Banbury sex abuse case has said she'd like to help others going through the same as she did.

It's just not bon: Raymond Blanc joins campaign against chilled hospital food

Oxford Mail: Raymond Blanc is quite the fan of Mary Berry

9:00am Saturday 18th April 2015

RAYMOND Blanc has backed a campaign to halt the closure of community hospital kitchens in Oxfordshire.

Slavery accused bailed after £40k security offered

Oxford Mail:

8:20am Saturday 18th April 2015

A WOMAN charged with conspiring to keep a man as a slave was granted bail yesterday after her brother-in-law offered a £40,000 security payment.

Video: Jayden’s memorial garden is place for everyone, says mum

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 18th April 2015

THE mother of murdered Jayden Parkinson said she hoped her daughter’s memorial garden would be a place for everyone in the community.

No evidence on boat, Robert Dobinson murder trial jury is told

Oxford Mail:

7:10am Saturday 18th April 2015

A WOMAN charged with stabbing her boyfriend to death in a supposed love row was not even on the riverbank where he died, her barrister said.

Randolph Hotel: Traffic delayed as bus services are diverted

Oxford Mail:

6:10am Saturday 18th April 2015

THE fire at the Randolph hotel brought the city centre to a standstill on Friday afternoon.

Randolph Hotel: Iconic venue has played host to the great, the good and the infamous

Oxford Mail:

5:50am Saturday 18th April 2015

THE Grade II-listed Randolph Hotel was built in 1864 by William Wilkinson, an architect who also designed many other buildings in North Oxford.

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9:23am Fri 23 May 14

brucklay227 says...

Collective thoughts of four people with accumulative living brain cells that could fit inside a small grape.
Collective thoughts of four people with accumulative living brain cells that could fit inside a small grape. brucklay227
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10:21am Fri 23 May 14

Camerons Constituency Pothole Dodger says...

This is the Witney Gazette webpage but its all Oxford. Get a grip on your reporting.
This is the Witney Gazette webpage but its all Oxford. Get a grip on your reporting. Camerons Constituency Pothole Dodger
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1:55pm Fri 23 May 14

livid99 says...

brucklay227 wrote:
Collective thoughts of four people with accumulative living brain cells that could fit inside a small grape.
a bit more than you then....
[quote][p][bold]brucklay227[/bold] wrote: Collective thoughts of four people with accumulative living brain cells that could fit inside a small grape.[/p][/quote]a bit more than you then.... livid99
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