50 marginal constituencies
1 general election
Oxford West and Abingdon

For the final results in each of 50for15's constituencies, see this post.

What? Extremely close Conservative-Liberal Democrat marginal.

Where? The western half of Oxfordshire’s principal city and Abingdon, twenty minutes’ drive south of Oxford. Includes various colleges of the university.

Why? Taken by the Conservatives in 2010 with a majority of 176. The result was partly attributed to the presence of the Animal Protection Party, which won 143 votes and sought to draw attention to then Liberal Democrat MP Evan Harris’ support for medical research on animals.

Previous election results

Data via the Guardian.

Conservative majority in 2010: 176

The MP in the last Parliament – Nicola Blackwood

Nicola Blackwood, MP for Oxford West and Abingdon

Nicola Blackwood, MP for Oxford West and Abingdon

First elected MP for Oxford West and Abingdon in 2010, Nicola Blackwood (Con) is a senior member of the influential Home Affairs Select Committee and Parliamentary Private Secretary to Matthew Hancock MP, Minister for Energy and Enterprise. She grew up in Oxford and studied music at the University of Oxford. She has led the national campaign against child sexual exploitation, Childhood Lost, which she began in response to the child grooming case in Oxford. Full biography on Blackwood’s website.

The challengers

Layla Moran (centre), Lib Dem candidate for Oxford West and Abingdon

Layla Moran (centre), Lib Dem candidate for Oxford West and Abingdon

Physics and maths teacher Layla Moran (Lib Dem) has a very international background. She has lived in Belgium, Greece, Ethiopia, Jamaica and Jordan; her mother is a Christian Arab from Jerusalem, and her father is a British EU Ambassador. Her political interests include education, science, and international affairs. Full biography on Moran’s website.

@laylamoran

Labour's Sally Copley with her family

Labour’s Sally Copley with her family

Sally Copley (Lab) has lived in Oxford since 2005. She has spent most of her career working for the charities Stonewall, Shelter, Save the Children, and Oxfam. More details on Copley’s website.

@sallycopley

Alan Harris, UKIP's candidate in Oxford West and Abingdon

Alan Harris, UKIP’s candidate in Oxford West and Abingdon

Chairman of Oxford West and Abingdon UKIP, Alan Harris joined UKIP in 2013. He lives in Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire. More details on Harris’ website.

Larry Sanders, Green candidate for Oxford West and Abingdon

Larry Sanders, Green candidate for Oxford West and Abingdon

Originally from New York Larry Sanders (Green) has lived in Oxford since 1969. He has stood for the Green Party in various local elections over the past fifteen years. More details on the Oxfordshire Green Party’s website.

Helen Salisbury is the National Health Action Party candidate.

Helen Salisbury is the National Health Action Party candidate.

Dr Helen Salisbury is the National Health Action Party candidate. She is a GP and practices at Jericho Health Centre. More information on the National Health Action Party website

@HelenS_NHA

Mike Foster is The Socialist Party of Great Britain candidate

Mike Foster is The Socialist Party of Great Britain candidate

Mike Foster is The Socialist Party of Great Britain candidate. He has been a member of the Socialist Party since 1996, and works in homelessness services. More information on the party’s website.

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