Oxford City Council
|Half of council elected every other year|
|Founded||1 April 1974|
since 15 May 2018
35 / 48
9 / 48
2 / 48
2 / 48
|First past the post|
|2018 (half of councillors)|
|Fortis Est Veritas|
|Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate's, Oxford|
Oxford City Council is the lower tier local government authority for the city of Oxford in England, providing such services as leisure centres and parking. Social Services, Education and Highways services (amongst others) are provided by Oxfordshire County Council.
Between the 2004 local elections, and 2010 the council was in minority administration, first by councillors from the Labour Party, with the Liberal Democrats being the official opposition. In 2006 these roles were reversed, although two years later the council returned to being run by a minority Labour administration. before they took full control in 2010. Despite the stereotypical view of Oxford as a conservative city, there are no elected Conservatives on the city council. The Independent Working Class Association was represented for a decade between 2002 and 2012.
Since 2002, elections have been held for Oxford City Council in even years, with each councillor serving a term of four years. Each electoral ward within Oxford is represented by two councillors, thus all wards elect one councillor at each election. Prior to 2002, the City Council was elected by thirds.
In early 2003, the Oxford City Council submitted a bid to become a unitary authority. This was received by the Department for Communities and Local Government but subsequently rejected.
Oxford City Council contains all of the Oxford East parliamentary constituency, which was won by Labour in the 2010 General Election with an increased majority but was until then a highly marginal seat with the Liberal Democrats. Labour massively increased its majority following the collapse of the Liberal Democrat vote at the 2015 general election. The Council also covers part of the Oxford West and Abingdon parliamentary constituency, which was won from the Conservatives by the Liberal Democrats at the 2017 General Election.
In 2016, Oxfordshire County Council put forward a 'One Oxfordshire' proposal which would see Oxford City Council and the four other district councils in Oxfordshire abolished and replaced with a single unitary county council for Oxfordshire. In 2017, Oxford City Council voiced their opposition to the proposal and it was subsequently dropped.
In 2018, the electoral ward boundaries were changed due to population shifts in the city. Therefore all 48 councillors will be elected in 2020, as opposed to half of them. The system of halves will return from 2022 onwards.
- Partisan composition
|Year||Labour||Liberal Democrat||Green||IWCA||Independent||Conservative||Source||Controlling party|
|2008||23||16||7||2||0||0||||No overall control|
|2006||17||19||8||4||0||0||||No overall control|
|2004||20||18||7||3||0||0||||No overall control|
|2000||21||21||7||1||0||1||||No overall control|
- Partisan control
|2004–2010||No overall control|
|2000–2002||No overall control|
|Ward||Name||Party||Next Election||First Elected|
|Barton and Sandhills||Martyn Rush||Labour||2021||2018|
|Barton and Sandhills||Mike Rowley||Labour||2021||2010 (by election)|
|Blackbird Leys||Rae Humberstone||Labour||2021||2005|
|Blackbird Leys||Linda Smith||Labour||2021||Nov 2014|
|Carfax||Alex Hollingsworth||Labour||2021||2014 (by election)|
|Cowley||David Henwood||Labour||2021||2014 (by election)|
|Cowley Marsh||Lubna Arshad||Labour||2021||2018|
|Cowley Marsh||Sajjad Malik||Labour||2021||2004 (as a Lib Dem)|
|Headington||Mohammed Altaf-Khan||Liberal Democrats||2021||2006 (in HH&N)|
|Headington||Stef Garden||Liberal Democrats||2021||2018 (by election)|
|Headington Hill and Northway||Joe McManners||Labour||2021||2018|
|Headington Hill and Northway||Nigel Chapman||Labour||2021||2016|
|Hinksey Park||Alex Donnelly||Labour||2021||2018|
|Hinksey Park||Marie Tidball||Labour||2021||2016|
|Iffley Fields||Richard Tarver||Labour||2021||2014|
|Iffley Fields||Stephen John Curran||Labour||2021||2016|
|Jericho and Osney||Susanna Pressel||Labour||2021||1996|
|Jericho and Osney||Colin Cook||Labour||2021||2005 (by election)|
|Lye Valley||Ben Lloyd-Shogbesan||Independent||2021||2010|
|Lye Valley||Pat Kennedy||Labour||2021||2012|
|Marston||Mary Clarkson||Labour||2021||c. 1998|
|North||Louise Upton||Labour||2021||2013 (by election)|
|Northfield Brook||Hosnieh Djafari-Marbini||Labour||2021||2018|
|Northfield Brook||Sian Taylor||Labour||2021||Nov 2014|
|Quarry and Risinghurst||Roz Smith||Liberal Democrats||2021||2018|
|Quarry and Risinghurst||Chewe Munkonge||Labour||2021||2014 (by election)|
|Rose Hill and Iffley||Shaista Aziz||Labour||2021||2018|
|Rose Hill and Iffley||Edward Turner||Labour||2021||2002|
|St Clement's||Tom Hayes||Labour||2021||2014|
|St Clement's||Jamila Begum Azad||Labour||2021||2016|
|St Margaret's||Paul Harris||Liberal Democrats||2021||2018|
|St Margaret's||Tom Landell Mills||Liberal Democrats||2021||2016|
|St Mary's||Dick Wolff||Green||2021||2010|
|St Mary's||Craig Simmons||Green||2021||2012|
|Summertown||Michael Gotch||Liberal Democrats||2021||2018|
|Summertown||Andrew Gant||Liberal Democrats||2021||2014|
|Wolvercote||Steve Goddard||Liberal Democrats||2021||1996|
|Wolvercote||Liz Wade||Liberal Democrats||2021||2018|
In 2011, Oxford City Council had reduced their carbon footprint by 25% (against a baseline of 2005/6) and continues to reduce carbon emissions from its own estate by 5% year on year.
In 2014, Oxford City Council was named 'Most Sustainable Local Authority' in the Public Sector Sustainability Awards.
Oxford City Council leads the Low Carbon Oxford network – a collaboration of over 40 organisations working together to reduce emissions in the city by 40% by 2020.
Oxford City Council also leads on delivering the annual Low Carbon Oxford Week festival, which uses culture, creativity and community to inspire local people to take action on climate change. In 2015, the festival saw over 60 local organisations partner to deliver over 100 events across the city and attract over 40,000 visitors.
Energy Superhub Oxford
Energy Superhub Oxford is a power optimisation project. It will include a lithium-ion battery of 48/50MWh, a flow battery of 2/5MWh, 20 ultra-rapid electric vehicle chargers for public use and ground-source heat pumps for residential properties.
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- Communities and Local Government press release: Kelly welcomes proposals to improve local services: 26 local authorities bid to move to single tier local Government, 26 January 2007.
- Communities and Local Government: rejection letter to Oxford City Council’s unitary authority bid.
- Communities and Local Government press release: Woolas announces sixteen successful bids for unitary status to improve local services, 27 March 2007.
- Oxford City Council press release: Government backs off Oxfordshire reorganisation, 27 March 2007.
- Oxford City Council website: Business Transformation Strategy, October 2008.
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