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 Oxford West & Abingdon
Other Liberal Democrat hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Evan Harris Liberal Democrat 24,670 47.8 +4.9
Ed Matts Conservative 15,485 30.0 -2.7
Gillian Kirk Labour 9,114 17.7 -2.5
Mike Woodin Green 1,423 2.8 +1.7
Marcus Watney UK Independence 451 0.9 +0.5
Sigrid Shreeve Independent 332 0.6  
Robert Twigger Extinction 93 0.2  
Majority 9,185 17.8
Turnout 51,568 64.5 -13.5
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 3.8% from Conservative to Liberal Democrat
Lab-Con (against 1997) 0.1% from Conservative to Labour

Description
As the name suggests, this is a seat of two halves. The Oxford half contains the bulk of the University, the main shopping centre and the up-market residential areas of north Oxford. It is here that a radical tendency has begun to show itself: Oxford is governed by a Green-Lib Dem administration. It is the suburban and rural areas on the outskirts of the city which might be expected to provide a different political complexion. Containing a large number of commuters both to Oxford itself and London, it has instead voted consistently Lib Dem.

Aside from the University it is also home to the John Radcliffe Hospital and to the largest immigration detention centre in the country, at Campsfield, near Oxford. Hundreds of asylum seekers have passed through it since it opened in 1993, and it has been the subject of condemnation by human rights organisations. There were disturbances at Campsfield in August 1997, but the nine African asylum seekers accused of rioting were acquitted when the trial collapsed due to the contradictory statements of Group 4 security staff.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Oxford West & Abingdon
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Evan Harris Liberal Democrat 26,268 42.9
Laurence Harris Conservative 19,983 32.7
Susan Brown Labour 12,361 20.2
Gillian Eustace Referendum 1,258 2.1
Mike Woodin Green 691 1.1
Rodney Buckton UK Independence 258 0.4
Linda Hodge ProLife Alliance 238 0.4
A. Wilson Natural Law 91 0.1
John Rose Independent 48 0.1
Majority 6,285 10.3
Turnout 61,196 78.0
 
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