Scientist picked to fight MP for Wantage seat

Stephen Webb

Stephen Webb

First published in News

A MICROSCOPE scientist from East Hendred will contest Wantage for the Labour Party in next year’s general election.

East Hendred parish councillor Stephen Webb is aiming to oust Conservative Ed Vaizey on May 7.

Mr Webb develops microscopes for understanding cancers at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Didcot.

In a statement he said he was passionate about ensuring people are treated fairly and “have a say”.

While welcoming jobs and affordable housing that come with new developments, Mr Webb pledged to work to ensure that they benefit existing local residents and protect the character of South Oxfordshire’s “beautiful towns, villages and countryside”.

He said: “Many residents feel powerless when their children cannot go to the nearest school, their village becomes a suburb and fuel bills become difficult to pay.”

The scientist said he was keen to ensure local people were able to travel to work, to the doctors and to see friends with less congestion, reliable public transport and upgraded cycle routes.

The UK Independence Party (UKIP) has promoted Wallingford physicist Lee Upcraft, for the Wantage seat which covers Didcot and Faringdon.

  • Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone's contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.

Send your Letter to the Editor: What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter for publication here

11:20am Monday 28th July 2014

What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter through the blue headline above.


Our top stories

Travellers set up camp in Langford playing fields in Bicester

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

8:55pm Wednesday 6th May 2015

TRAVELLERS have set up camp in Bicester this evening.

Routes out of Oxford becoming heavily congested as rush hour kicks in

Oxford Mail: Traffic Alert general

5:02pm Wednesday 6th May 2015

DRIVERS are experiencing heavy delays on the roads leaving Oxford, with many stuck in standstill traffic.

Four people arrested after man's eye socket fractured in Bicester attack

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

1:49pm Wednesday 6th May 2015

FOUR people have been arrested after a man was left with a fractured eye socket after an attack in Bicester.

150 people in Oxford West and Abingdon issued with 'replacement postal ballots'

Oxford Mail: Postal voting should be restricted to cut down on fraud, an MP has said

11:52am Wednesday 6th May 2015

THE number of voters who reported not receiving postal ballots in Oxford West and Abingdon has risen to 150.

Oxford's iconic Randolph Hotel re-opens less than a month since huge fire

Oxford Mail:

10:51am Wednesday 6th May 2015

The five-star Randolph hotel damaged by a major fire last month has re-opened.

Oxford West & Abingdon postal ballot sheets still missing on eve of election

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Wednesday 6th May 2015

POSTAL voters were yesterday still waiting for their ballot papers less than 48 hours before polling opens in the General Election.

Comments (1)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

12:12pm Wed 27 Aug 14

King Joke says...

A microscope might come in handy when looking at the size of the Labour vote down there!
A microscope might come in handy when looking at the size of the Labour vote down there! King Joke
  • Score: 4

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree