An Oxfordshire MP has called on people to vote tactically in May’s local elections.

Oxford West and Abingdon MP Layla Moran has got behind the cross party campaign group Compass, which encourages ‘progressive’ activists to come together and get behind one candidate who has the best chance of beating the Tories.

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Compass organised an event in Oxford on March 22 to kickstart their ‘Win as One’ campaign which will focus on the upcoming local elections.

Councillors from Cherwell, South Oxfordshire, Vale of White Horse, and West Oxfordshire District Councils face re-election.

Ms Moran said: “I’m grateful to the work of Compass in Oxfordshire. Over the last five years we have achieved great things by encouraging voters from progressive parties to back the candidate most likely to beat the Conservatives.

“Undoubtedly, the work of Compass and those who campaign with them has contributed to our success.

"We now have only one Tory led council left. The Lib Dems will be fighting hard to win as many seats in South, Vale, West and Cherwell, as we can as other Parties will too.

“I urge those from all political persuasions and none, but who want to see change, to get behind the candidate most likely to beat the Tory. We can achieve historic change and I thank them for their energy and support.”

The main target of the Win As One campaign is to help ‘progressives’ take control of Cherwell District Council by uniting Liberal Democrats, Greens and Labour behind one candidate.

Cherwell District Council is the only remaining Conservative controlled council in Oxfordshire, and the Conservatives won a majority of seats (25 out of 48) in the last election, with 43 per cent of the popular vote.