Oxford is a city in the South East region of England and the county town of Oxfordshire. With a population of around 160,000 it is the 52nd largest city in the United Kingdom, and one of the fastest growing and most ethnically diverse.
Oxford has a broad economic base. Its industries include motor manufacturing, education, publishing and a large number of information technology and science-based businesses, some being academic offshoots. The city is known worldwide as the home of the University of Oxford, the oldest university in the English-speaking world. Buildings in Oxford demonstrate notable examples of every English architectural period since the late Saxon period. Oxford is known as the "city of dreaming spires", a term coined by poet Matthew Arnold.
Oxford City Council comprises 48 councillors elected from 24 wards across the city. Each councillor serves for four-year terms and there are elections every two years with at least one councillor from each ward up for election. There are nineteen wards falling within the parliamentary constituency of Oxford East and five wards within the parliamentary constituency of Oxford West & Abingdon.
The Liberal Democrat Group on Oxford City Council is the official opposition, with eight councillors representing local residents in Oxford, holding the Council to account.
Leader - Andrew Gant, City Councillor for Summertown
Deputy Leader - Liz Wade, City Councillor for St Margaret's
Jean Fooks, City Councillor for Summertown and County Councillor for Wolvercote & Summertown
Steve Goddard, City Councillor for Wolvercote
Angie Goff, City Councillor for Wolvercote
Altaf Khan, City Councillor for Headington and Lord Mayor of Oxford
Tom Landell-Mills, City Councillor for St Margaret's
Ruth Wilkinson, City Councillor for Headington