In West Oxfordshire, the Witney Liberal Democrats comprise hundreds of members active in Burford, Chipping Norton, Charlbury, Carterton, Witney and Woodstock as well as in the surrounding villages and countryside.
We have representatives on West Oxfordshire District Council and Oxfordshire County Council and we campaigned very strongly in both the Witney parliamentary by-election in 2016 and the general election in 2017.
We have an Executive Committee which plans election campaigns, provides membership activities and contributes to Liberal Democrat policy development. The committee also selects candidates, including our prospective parliamentary candidate.
In some towns and villages we have Lib Dem branches which organise local activities, campaigns and fund-raising. The branches and the executive committee keep closely in touch.
If you are interested in supporting the party you can join as a Lib Dem member - you will receive mailings from the local party (usually via email), as well as from the national party. You have a vote in national Lib Dem matters such as election of the President and the Leader and the right to attend national and regional conferences to vote on policies.
You do not need to join the party to support us - we would be very pleased to hear from you. We need help in getting our message out to local residents, good locations for garden poster stake boards or even whether you can make on-going financial contribution however small to help with our campaign costs (printing leaflets etc). There is also a 50-50 club which has a monthly draw.
You can send a message to any of the committee officers via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our local party officers are:
- Andy Graham (Chair) 07908 832632
- Derek Laud (Vice Chair) 07837 254544
- Sarah Yules (Secretary) 07734 103698
If you would like to support the local party financially, please visit our donation page by clicking here:
About the Witney constituency
Witney is a parliamentary constituency in Oxfordshire, covering the same area as the West Oxfordshire district council. The major towns in the area are Burford, Chipping Norton, Charlbury, Carterton, Witney (where the district council is based) and Woodstock.
West Oxfordshire is a mostly rural area, with downs and forest; the main activities are in farming and associated trades. Many residents work in Oxford, Reading, Birmingham or London.
Our parliamentary spokesperson
Charlotte Hoagland is the Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Witney. She is working closely with local councillors on a variety of local issues affecting Witney and West Oxfordshire.
She previously worked for prominent Liberal Democrat Parliamentarians Lord John Thurso, Liam McArthur, and Jim Hume. In 2017, she was a national campaign organiser for Jamie Stone in his successful election campaign, enabling the Liberal Democrats to retake control of a previously held seat in the House of Commons. She has a masters degree from the University of Edinburgh in Comparative Public Policy. She is passionate about improving energy, healthcare, and transportation policies.