After the resignation of MP David Cameron the by-election for the Witney seat, which includes Chipping Norton, is on Thursday 20th October. In 2015 the Conservatives won with 60.2%, Labour were second on 17.2%.
The candidates declared as of 25th September are:
- Conservative – Robert Courts, a barrister and West Oxfordshire District Councillor since 2014, living in Bladon, selected from a from a shortlist of three candidates.
- Labour – Duncan Enright, a businessman and West Oxfordshire District and Town Councillor in Witney, who stood against Cameron in the last two elections, coming second in 2015.
- Liberal Democrats – Liz Leffman, also a West Oxfordshire District Councillor (for Charlbury and Finstock) and businesswoman, who stood in 2005 and came second.
- Green Party – Larry Sanders, a former Oxfordshire County Councillor and past Chair of Oxfordshire Healthwatch.
- UKIP – Kenrick (Dickie) Bird, an ex-soldier, stood as a parliamentary candidate in Banbury in 2015, coming third.
- English Democrats – Winston McKenzie, who contested Croydon North in 2015.
- The Eccentric Party of Great Britain – Lord Toby Jug, says he is the only candidate who admits to being mad.
- Helen Rachel Salisbury – National Health Action Party.
- One Love Party – Emilio Rose Arno.
- Bus-pass Elvis Party – David Laurence Bishop.
- Monster Raving Loony Party – Mad Hatter.
- Independent – Adam Digby Knight.
- Independent – Daniel James Skidmore.
- Independent – Nicholas Ward
The full result will be published in the November issue of Chipping Norton News.
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Looking for things to do this summer?
The Summer Chippy News edition has a full 4 page pullout with lots of things to do over the summer in and around Chipping Norton…including a whole host of places you can go for a date trip by bus.
Town Buses – use them or lose them
The New Town shuttle bus is up and running every hour. Do you want to get from Hailey Road to the shops to Aldi and to the Hospital and doctors? See latest Chippy News for a timetable. Also it’s good news as Pulhams decide to keep the X8 and X9 running…for the time being….so get out and use them
Could Waitrose be coming to Chipping Norton? The News hears that they have bought an option on a local site. What could this mean for the Town’s current supermarkets and the town centre shopping.
Hounds hunt for new home
Could the Heythrop Hunt hounds be on the move from their kennels in Chipping Norton? Tally Ho.
With the National vote on the EU referendum showing a clear 52/48% in favour of Leave, our local results differed somewhat. Overall in Oxfordshire there was a clear Remain vote with Oxford City leading the way and Cherwell the only narrow Leave vote.
Oxford City – 70.3/29.7% Remain
Vale of White Horse – 56.7/43.3% Remain
South Oxfordshire – 55/45% Remain
West Oxfordshire – 53.7/46.3% Remain
Cherwell – 49.7/50.3% Leave
What do you think? – tell the News for our September edition email Chippymail@aol.com
With the help of St Mary’s Church a new youth club starts up on 24 June up at Glyme Hall from 3.15. For school years 7 to 11. Go and try it out.