Oxford West and Abingdon (OxWAb) has a well educated, socially conscious electorate with a strong sense of community. It is one of six parliamentary constituencies in Oxfordshire.
Oxford West and Abingdon stretches along the A34 from Kidlington in the north to Abingdon in the south. In Oxford it includes north and west Oxford and includes the parishes as far west as Appleton and Besselsleigh. The result is a constituency with a wide mix of students, city, town and villages.
The constituency includes parts of three different district councils: around half of the Vale of White Horse District Council, a fifth of Oxford City Council and the south western part of Cherwell District Council. This means that there are normally council elections every year somewhere in the constituency.
Oxford West and Abingdon constituency was held by the Liberal Democrats from 1997 until 2010. The Conservatives won by a very narrow margin of just 176 votes in 2010. In the 2015 General Election the Conservatives held the constituency with the Liberal Democrat candidate, Layla Moran, maintaining a strong second place despite a difficult national backdrop.
The Liberal Democrats are the official opposition on the Vale of White Horse District Council and hold 7 of the 24 seats within the constituency. We are also the official opposition on Oxford City Council, holding 6 of the 10 seats within the constituency.