Oxfordshire MPs have vowed to fight the Tories at the ballot box after Rishi Sunak announced the date for the General Election yesterday afternoon. 

Layla Moran, Liberal Democrat MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, and Anneliese Dodds, Labour MP for Oxford East, both criticised the Conservative government and welcomed the chance to be re-elected in their respective constituencies. 

Responding to Rishi Sunak calling a General Election on July 4, Liberal Democrat MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, Layla Moran said there was a "clear choice". 

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"The Liberal Democrats who are fighting for our local area or the out-of-touch Conservatives who have taken us for granted," she said.

"Labour are out of the race here and just can’t win this time." 

Ms Moran said she had used her time in the position to fight for local people, "standing by your side on the issues that matter to our community".

"I am determined to continue working hard for our area and being the strong voice we need in Parliament," she said.

“It’s clear this Conservative Government has failed Oxford West and Abingdon.

"After years of struggling to get a GP appointment, soaring rents and mortgages and our rivers being polluted by filthy sewage, it’s time for this government to be kicked out of office.”

Meanwhile, Ms Dodds said had been an "enormous privilege" to serve Oxford East. 

"I will be standing again for the next general election, and campaigning for the change that both Oxford and our country need to see," she said. 

"After fourteen years of chaos and decline under the Conservatives, people now have the chance to vote Labour and deliver the change our country is crying out for.

"I know how desperately Oxford needs a Labour government- to cut NHS waiting lists, recruit thousands of new teachers, tackle the cost-of-living crisis and set up GB energy, a publicly-owned green energy company.”

Whatever the results, change is coming to Oxfordshire as six constituency seats become seven - with North Oxfordshire set to split in two. 

There will be a new Bicester and Woodstock constituency alongside Banbury - the latter currently held by Conservative MP Victoria Prentis. 

Her fellow Conservative MPs dominate the other constituencies - with Robert Courts the current MP for Witney and West Oxfordshire, John Howell in Henley and David Johnston in Wantage

Mr Howell will not be standing at the next election.

Ms Moran and Ms Dodds were the only two MPs to respond to questions by the print deadline. 

The Oxford Mail will be covering more local reaction to the announcement throughout the week.