CHERWELL ELECTIONS: Tears as widow takes late husband's seat

Chris Heath

Chris Heath

First published in News
Last updated
Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Health reporter, also covering Kidlington. Call me on 01865 425271

CHRIS Heath burst into tears as she held the seat of her late husband for the first time since his death.

Mrs Heath said: “I hadn't thought about it the last few weeks, I have been so busy and all of a sudden I have thought ‘I have done it and he doesn't know’.”

Her husband-of-39-years Eric Heath had represented Bloxham and Bodicote between 1998 and 2010, before he stepped down due to ill health.

His wife took over for the Conservatives and won in 2010 and again yesterday with 998 votes to second-placeed Paul Tucker, of UKIP.

Oxford Mail:

  • Eric Heath

Mr Heath died from complications from diabetes in 2011, aged 77.

Grandmother-of-two Mrs Heath said: “I have tried to do it the way he did it. He wanted to give something back to the village.

“I can hear him, some of the things I do and say, I think ‘Eric would have said that’.”

Our top stories:

Eight men arrested on suspicion of rape and sexual grooming after dawn raids in Oxford this morning + video

Oxford Mail:

9:05am Tuesday 2nd June 2015

EIGHT men have been arrested this morning on suspicion of rape and sexual grooming in Oxford.

All bus subsidies now at risk in county council’s hunt for savings

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Tuesday 2nd June 2015

ALL SUBSIDISED bus routes in the county could lose the extra money they receive from Oxfordshire County Council.

The sleuth neighbours who won justice for their friend

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Tuesday 2nd June 2015

A FORMER solicitor has been handed a record £305,000 fine for taking advantage of a “vulnerable and elderly” lady by acquiring her house at a knockdown price.

Woman attacked in People's Park in Banbury

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

11:51am Tuesday 2nd June 2015

A WOMAN was assaulted while walking through a park in Banbury, police said.

GOLF: Eddie Pepperell looks forward to Open debut

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Tuesday 2nd June 2015

Eddie Pepperell described qualifying for his first Open Championship at St Andrews as the “icing on the cake”.

Postmaster gets special honour for 25 years of serving the community

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Tuesday 2nd June 2015

A POST office owner who has served the Risinghurst community for 25 years is being recognised by the Indian and British Governments for his work.

Didcot murders: Funeral plans for mum and daughter are set

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 2nd June 2015

THE FUNERAL of murdered Janet and Derin Jordon will take place at Oxford Crematorium, St John’s Chapel on June 11.

Flaming June? You must be having a flaming laugh!

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 2nd June 2015

THIS little Angel could need her brolly for a couple more days before an expected heatwave kicks in.

MP Nicola Blackwood wants review of way primary places allocated

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Tuesday 2nd June 2015

MP Nicola Blackwood is urging the county council to review its school places allocation system after parents missed out in the latest round.

Peacocks looking for love at Harcourt Arboretum

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Tuesday 2nd June 2015

THIS peacock was strutting his stuff for female companions at the Harcourt Arboretum.

‘Oldies’ take fuel poverty message to British Gas

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Tuesday 2nd June 2015

PROTESTERS dressed up as old people to demonstrate in Oxford yesterday over fuel poverty.

Former jailed activist joins a ‘Big 6’ energy protest outside PM’s office + video

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Tuesday 2nd June 2015

A GREENPEACE activist who was held in a Russian jail for his part in a campaign to board an oil rig, set up his latest environmental protest in Witney yesterday.

Oxford City Council leader calls for a radical rethink after a huge hike in payments to councillors

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Tuesday 2nd June 2015

ALLOWANCES for councillors should be overhauled to attract more people into politics, the leader of Oxford City Council has said.

Salter Steamer’s make a grand return to Abingdon Island

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Tuesday 2nd June 2015

OXFORD’S famous Salter’s Steamers have returned to Abingdon and opened their first permanent base in the town since 1989.

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