Oxford (UK Parliament constituency)

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Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
County Oxfordshire
Major settlements Oxford
1295–1983
Number of members1295–1885: Two
1885–1983: One
Replaced by Oxford East and Oxford West and Abingdon [1]

Oxford was a parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom. It comprised the city of Oxford in the county of Oxfordshire, and elected two members of parliament from its creation in 1295 until 1885 when its representation was reduced to one member by the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885.

Contents

During the 1960s and 1970s, Oxford was a marginal seat.

Boundaries and boundary changes

1918–1950: The County Borough of Oxford. [2] The boundaries were expanded to coincide with the County Borough.

1950–1983: As above, with redrawn boundaries. [2] Areas which had been absorbed by the County Borough of Oxford, including Cowley and Headington, transferred from the Henley constituency.  Small area in the north also transferred from Banbury.

In the 1983 redistribution, this constituency was abolished and was split into two new, separate constituencies: Oxford East, and Oxford West and Abingdon. The City of Oxford local government district had replaced the County Borough of Oxford on 1 April 1974, under the terms of the Local Government Act 1972, and the redistribution reflected this. Despite Oxford West and Abingdon including Oxford city centre, Oxford East included the majority of the new district. The city centre has been in the redrawn Oxford East since 2010.

Members of Parliament

1295–1640

ParliamentFirst memberSecond member
1379 Edmund Kenyan [3] Thomas Somerset [4]
1380 (Nov) Edmund Kenyan [3]
1381 Edmund Kenyan [3]
1382 (May) Edmund Kenyan [3]
1385 Edmund Kenyan [3]
1386 Edmund Kenyan Thomas Houkyn [5]
1388 (Feb) John Hickes Thomas Somerset [5]
1388 (Sep) John Shawe Thomas Baret [5]
1390 (Jan) Richard Garston Alan Lekensfeld [5]
1390 (Nov) Edmund Kenyan Adam de la River [5]
1391 Edmund Kenyan John Ottworth [5]
1393 Richard Garston John Merston [5]
1394 Edmund Kenyan John Forster [5]
1395 John Ludlow Adam de la River [5]
1397 (Jan) Walter Benham Adam de la River [5]
1397 (Sep) John Ottworth Adam de la River [5]
1399 John Spicer John Burbridge [5]
1401 Thomas Forsthull Adam de la River [5]
1402 Walter Benham John Spicer [5]
1404 (Jan) Thomas Coventre John Spicer [5]
1404 (Oct) John Merston Michael Salisbury [5]
1406 John Ottworth Thomas Cowley [5]
1407 Thomas Coventre Hugh Benet [5]
1410 Thomas Coventre Hugh Benet [5]
1411
1413 (Feb)
1413 (May) Thomas Coventre Hugh Benet [5]
1414 (Apr) John Shawe II Walter Colet [5]
1414 (Nov) Thomas Coventre John Merston [5]
1415
1416 (Mar) Thomas Coventre William Brampton [5]
1416 (Oct)
1417 Thomas Coventre Hugh Benet [5]
1419 Thomas Coventre William Brampton [5]
1420 Thomas Coventre William Offord [5]
1421 (May) Thomas Coventre William Brampton [5]
1421 (Dec) John Quarane William Offord [5]
1491 Robert Caxton [6]
1510–1523No names known [7]
1529 John Latton William Fleming [7]
1536?John Latton ?William Fleming [7]
1539 Thomas Denton Richard Gunter [7]
1542?
1545?
1547 Ralph Flaxney Edward Frere [7]
1553 (Mar) Christopher Edmonds Edward Glynton [7]
1553 (Oct) John Wayte Thomas Williams [7]
1554 (Apr) Thomas Mallinson Edward Glynton [7]
1554 (Nov) John Wayte William Tylcock [7]
1555 John Wayte William Pantre [7]
1558 John Barton Richard Williams [7]
1559 (Jan)Thomas Wood Roger Taylor [8]
1562 (Dec) William Page Thomas Wood [8]
1571 Edward Knollys William Frere [8]
1572 (Apr) Edward Knollys, died
and replaced 1576 by
Francis Knollys
William Owen, died
and replaced Jan 1581 by
Edward Norris [8]
1584 (Oct) Francis Knollys William Noble [8]
1586 (Sep) Francis Knollys George Calfield [8]
1588 (Oct) Francis Knollys George Calfield [8]
1593 Sir Edmund Carey George Calfield [8]
1597 (Aug) Anthony Bacon George Calfield [8]
1601 (Sep) Sir Francis Leigh George Calfield [8]
1604 Francis Leigh Thomas Wentworth
1614 Sir John Astley Thomas Wentworth
1621–1622 Sir John Brooke Thomas Wentworth
1624 John Whistler Thomas Wentworth
1625 John Whistler Thomas Wentworth
1626 John Whistler Thomas Wentworth
1628–1629 John Whistler Thomas Wentworth
1629–1640No Parliaments convened

1640–1885

YearFirst memberFirst partySecond memberSecond party
April 1640 Viscount Andover [9] Royalist John Whistler Royalist
1640 (Nov) John Smith Royalist
1644Smith and Whistler disabled from sitting – both seats vacant
1645 John Nixon John Doyley
December 1648Nixon and Doyley excluded in Pride's Purge – both seats vacant
1653Oxford was unrepresented in the Barebones Parliament
1654 Bulstrode Whitelocke [10] Oxford had only one seat in the First and
Second Parliaments of the Protectorate
1654 Richard Croke
1656 Richard Croke
January 1659 Major Unton Croke Parliamentarian
May 1659 Not represented in the restored Rump
April 1660 The Viscount Falkland James Huxley
1661 Richard Croke Brome Whorwood
1679 William Wright
1685 Hon. Henry Bertie Sir George Pudsey
1689 Sir Edward Norreys
1695 Thomas Rowney
1701 Francis Norreys
1706 Sir John Walter Tory
March 1722 Thomas Rowney, junior Tory
October 1722 Francis Knollys Tory
1734 Matthew Skinner
1739 James Herbert
1740 Philip Herbert
1749 Philip Wenman
1754 Hon. Robert Lee
1759 Sir Thomas Stapleton
1768 George Nares Lieutenant-Colonel the Hon. William Harcourt
1771 Lord Robert Spencer
1774 Captain the Hon. Peregrine Bertie
June 1790 Francis Burton
December 1790 Arthur Annesley
1796 Henry Peters
1802 John Atkyns-Wright
1807 John Ingram Lockhart
1812 John Atkyns-Wright
1818 Frederick St John
1820 Charles Wetherell Tory [11] John Ingram Lockhart
1826 James Langston Whig [11] [12] [13] [14]
1830 William Hughes Hughes Whig [11]
1832 Thomas Stonor [15] Whig [11]
1833 William Hughes Hughes Whig [11]
1835 Donald Maclean Conservative [11] Conservative [11]
1837 William Erle Whig [11] [16] [17]
1841 James Langston Whig [11] [12] [13] [14]
1847 (Sir) William Wood Radical [18] [19] [20]
1853 Edward Cardwell Peelite [21] [22] [23] [24] [25]
March 1857 Charles Neate [26] [27] Whig [28]
July 1857 Edward Cardwell Peelite [21] [22] [23] [24] [25]
1859 Liberal Liberal
1863 Charles Neate Liberal
1868 (Sir) William Vernon Harcourt Liberal
1874 Alexander William Hall Conservative
April 1880 Joseph William Chitty Liberal
May 1880 Alexander William Hall [29] Conservative
1881Writ suspended – seat vacant
September 1881Writ suspended – seat vacant [30]
1885 Representation reduced to one member

1885–1983

ElectionMemberParty
1885 Alexander William Hall Conservative
1892 Sir George Tomkyns Chesney Conservative
1895 Arthur Annesley Conservative
1917 by-election John Marriott Coalition Conservative
1922 Frank Gray Liberal
1924 by-election Robert Bourne Unionist
1938 by-election Quintin Hogg Conservative
1950 by-election Lawrence Turner Conservative
1959 Montague Woodhouse Conservative
1966 Evan Luard Labour
1970 Montague Woodhouse Conservative
Oct 1974 Evan Luard Labour
1979 John Patten Conservative
1983 constituency abolished: see Oxford East & Oxford West and Abingdon

Elections

Elections in the 1830s

General election 1830: Oxford (2 seats) [11] [31]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Whig James Langston 1,10838.1
Whig William Hughes Hughes 1,05436.2
Non Partisan John Ingram Lockhart 75025.8
Majority30410.4
Turnout 1,779c.80.9
Registered electors c.2,200
Whig hold Swing
Whig gain from Non Partisan Swing
General election 1831: Oxford (2 seats) [11] [31]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Whig James Langston Unopposed
Whig William Hughes Hughes Unopposed
Registered electors c.2,200
Whig hold
Whig hold
General election 1832: Oxford (2 seats) [11] [32]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Whig James Langston 1,26034.5
Whig Thomas Stonor 95326.1
Whig William Hughes Hughes 91925.1
Tory Charles Wetherell 52314.3
Majority43011.8
Turnout 2,13992.5
Registered electors 2,312
Whig hold
Whig hold

Stonor's election was declared void on petition, causing a by-election.

By-election, 18 March 1833: Oxford [11] [32]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Whig William Hughes Hughes 80340.8+15.7
Whig Charles Towneley 70235.7N/A
Tory Donald Maclean 46223.5+9.2
Majority1015.16.7
Turnout 1,96785.17.4
Registered electors 2,312
Whig hold Swing +3.3
General election 1835: Oxford (2 seats) [11] [32]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative William Hughes Hughes 1,39438.4+13.3
Conservative Donald Maclean 1,21733.5+19.2
Whig Thomas Stonor 1,02228.132.5
Majority1955.4N/A
Turnout 2,20090.32.2
Registered electors 2,436
Conservative gain from Whig Swing +14.8
Conservative gain from Whig Swing +17.7
General election 1837: Oxford (2 seats) [11] [32]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Donald Maclean 1,34838.9+5.4
Whig William Erle 1,21735.2+7.1
Conservative William Hughes Hughes 89725.912.5
Turnout 2,11587.33.0
Registered electors 2,424
Majority1313.81.6
Conservative hold Swing +0.9
Majority3209.2N/A
Whig gain from Conservative Swing +7.1

Elections in the 1840s

General election 1841: Oxford (2 seats) [32] [11]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Whig James Langston 1,34937.2+2.0
Conservative Donald Maclean 1,23834.14.8
Conservative Neil Malcolm1,04128.7+2.8
Turnout 2,37485.22.1
Registered electors 2,786
Majority1113.16.1
Whig hold Swing +2.0
Majority1975.4+1.6
Conservative hold Swing 2.9
General election 1847: Oxford (2 seats) [32]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Whig James Langston Unopposed
Radical William Wood Unopposed
Registered electors 2,819
Whig hold
Radical gain from Conservative

Elections in the 1850s

Wood was appointed Solicitor General for England and Wales, requiring a by-election.

By-election, 3 April 1851: Oxford [32]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Radical William Wood Unopposed
Radical hold
General election 1852: Oxford (2 seats) [32]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Radical William Wood Unopposed
Whig James Langston Unopposed
Registered electors 2,818
Radical hold
Whig hold

Wood resigned after being appointed Vice-Chancellor, causing a by-election.

By-election, 4 January 1853: Oxford [32]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Peelite Edward Cardwell Unopposed
Peelite gain from Radical
General election 1857: Oxford (2 seats) [32]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Whig James Langston 1,67141.9N/A
Whig Charles Neate 1,05726.5N/A
Peelite Edward Cardwell 1,01625.5N/A
Radical Stephen Gaselee [33] [34] 2456.1N/A
Majority411.0N/A
Turnout 1,995 (est)75.1 (est)N/A
Registered electors 2,656
Whig hold Swing N/A
Whig gain from Radical Swing N/A

Neate's election was declared void on petition due to bribery, causing a by-election. [35]

By-election, 21 July 1857: Oxford [32]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Peelite Edward Cardwell 1,08551.6+26.1
Independent Liberal William Makepeace Thackeray [36] [37] [38] 1,10852.7N/A
Majority673.2N/A
Turnout 2,10379.2+4.1
Registered electors 2,656
Peelite gain from Whig Swing N/A
General election 1859: Oxford (2 seats) [32]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal James Langston Unopposed
Liberal Edward Cardwell Unopposed
Registered electors 2,731
Liberal hold
Liberal hold

Cardwell was appointed Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, requiring a by-election.

By-election, 27 June 1859: Oxford [32]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Edward Cardwell Unopposed
Liberal hold

Elections in the 1860s

Cardwell was appointed Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, requiring a by-election.

By-election, 30 July 1861: Oxford [32]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Edward Cardwell Unopposed
Liberal hold

Langston's death caused a by-election.

By-election, 7 November 1863: Oxford [32]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Charles Neate Unopposed
Liberal hold

Cardwell was appointed Secretary of State for the Colonies, requiring a by-election.

By-election, 9 April 1864: Oxford [32]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Edward Cardwell Unopposed
Liberal hold
General election 1865: Oxford (2 seats) [32]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Edward Cardwell Unopposed
Liberal Charles Neate Unopposed
Registered electors 2,594
Liberal hold
Liberal hold
General election 1868: Oxford (2 seats) [32]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Edward Cardwell 2,76541.7N/A
Liberal William Vernon Harcourt 2,63639.8N/A
Conservative James Parker Deane 1,22518.5N/A
Majority1,41121.3N/A
Turnout 3,926 (est)73.7 (est)N/A
Registered electors 5,328
Liberal hold Swing N/A
Liberal hold Swing N/A

Cardwell was appointed Secretary of State for War, requiring a by-election.

By-election, 22 December 1868: Oxford [32]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Edward Cardwell Unopposed
Liberal hold

Elections in the 1870s

Harcourt was appointed Solicitor General for England and Wales, causing a by-election.

1873 Oxford by-election (1 seat) [32]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal William Vernon Harcourt Unopposed
Liberal hold
General election 1874: Oxford (2 seats) [32]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal William Vernon Harcourt 2,33234.25.6
Liberal Edward Cardwell 2,28133.58.2
Conservative Alexander William Hall 2,19832.3+13.8
Majority831.220.1
Turnout 4,505 (est)79.3 (est)+5.6
Registered electors 5,680
Liberal hold Swing 6.3
Liberal hold Swing 7.6

Cardwell succeeded to the peerage, becoming Viscount Cardwell and causing a by-election.

1874 Oxford by-election (1 seat) [32]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Alexander William Hall 2,55455.0+22.7
Liberal John Delaware Lewis [39] 2,09245.0-22.7
Majority4629.9N/A
Turnout 4,64681.8+2.5
Registered electors 5,680
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +22.7

Elections in the 1880s

General election 1880: Oxford (2 seats) [32]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal William Vernon Harcourt 2,77134.2+0.0
Liberal Joseph William Chitty 2,66933.00.5
Conservative Alexander William Hall 2,65932.8+0.5
Majority100.11.1
Turnout 5,430 (est)88.1 (est)+8.8
Registered electors 6,163
Liberal hold Swing 0.3
Liberal hold Swing 0.4

Harcourt was appointed Home Secretary, requiring a by-election.

1880 Oxford by-election (2 seats) [32]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Alexander William Hall 2,73550.5+17.7
Liberal William Vernon Harcourt 2,68149.517.7
Majority541.0N/A
Turnout 5,41687.90.2 (est)
Registered electors 6,163
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +17.7

Hall's election was declared void, on account of bribery, and the writ was suspended. [40]

In 1881, Chitty was appointed a judge and resigned the seat. However, as the writ was suspended, no by-election was held and the seat was left without an MP until 1885, when representation was also reduced to one member.

General election 1885: Oxford (1 seat) [41]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Alexander William Hall 3,21252.6+19.8
Liberal Charles Alan Fyffe [42] 2,89447.419.8
Majority3185.2N/A
Turnout 6,10690.3+2.2 (est)
Registered electors 6,764
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +19.8
General election 1886: Oxford [41]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Alexander William Hall Unopposed
Conservative hold

Elections in the 1890s

General election 1892: Oxford [41]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative George Tomkyns Chesney 3,27650.9N/A
Liberal Robinson Souttar 3,15649.1N/A
Majority1201.8N/A
Turnout 6,43286.0N/A
Registered electors 7,476
Conservative hold Swing N/A

Chesney's death caused a by-election.

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John Fletcher Little
1895 Oxford by-election [41]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Arthur Annesley 3,74554.4+3.5
Liberal John Fletcher Little [43] 3,14345.63.5
Majority6028.8N/A
Turnout 6,88890.2+4.2
Registered electors 7,637
Conservative hold Swing +3.5
General election 1895: Oxford [41]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Arthur Annesley 3,62354.9+4.0
Liberal Thomas Henry Kingerlee [44] 2,97545.14.0
Majority6489.8+8.0
Turnout 6,59886.4+0.4
Registered electors 7,637
Conservative hold Swing +4.0

Annesley's appointment as Comptroller of the Household, requiring a by-election.

1898 Oxford by-election [41]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Arthur Annesley Unopposed
Conservative hold

Elections in the 1900s

General election 1900: Oxford [41]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Arthur Annesley Unopposed
Conservative hold
General election 1906: Oxford [41]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Arthur Annesley 3,91050.6N/A
Liberal G. Whale3,81049.4N/A
Majority1001.2N/A
Turnout 7,72089.6N/A
Registered electors 8,615
Conservative hold Swing N/A

Elections in the 1910s

General election January 1910: Oxford [41]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Arthur Annesley 4,91857.0+6.4
Liberal G. Whale3,70743.06.4
Majority1,21114.0+12.8
Turnout 8,62593.5+3.9
Registered electors 9,227
Conservative hold Swing +6.4
General election December 1910: Oxford [41]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Arthur Annesley 4,66458.4+1.4
Liberal J.F. Williams3,31841.61.4
Majority1,34616.8+2.8
Turnout 7,98286.57.0
Registered electors 9,227
Conservative hold Swing +1.4
1917 Oxford by-election [41]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Unionist John Marriott Unopposed
Unionist hold
General election 1918: Oxford [45]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
C Unionist John Marriott 9,80570.7+12.3
Liberal George Herbert Higgins [46] 4,05729.312.3
Majority5,74841.4+24.6
Turnout 13,86255.231.3
Unionist hold Swing +12.3
Cindicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.

Elections in the 1920s

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Gray
General election 1922: Oxford [45]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Frank Gray 12,48959.0+2.97
Unionist John Marriott 8,68341.0-29.7
Majority3,80618.059.4
Turnout 83.8
Liberal gain from Unionist Swing +29.7
General election 1923: Oxford [45]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Frank Gray 12,31156.1-2.9
Unionist Robert Bourne 9,61843.9+2.9
Majority2,69312.2-5.8
Turnout 21,92983.5-0.3
Liberal hold Swing -2.9
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Fry
1924 Oxford by-election [45]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Unionist Robert Bourne 10,07947.8+3.9
Liberal C.B. Fry 8,23739.1-17.0
Labour Kenneth Lindsay 2,76913.1N/A
Majority1,8428.7%N/A
Turnout 21,08580.3
Unionist gain from Liberal Swing +10.5
General election 1924: Oxford [45]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Unionist Robert Bourne 12,19657.3
Liberal Robert Moon 6,83632.1
Labour Frederic Ludlow2,26010.6
Majority5,36025.2
Turnout 78.5
Unionist hold Swing
General election 1929: Oxford [45]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Unionist Robert Bourne 14,63852.5-4.8
Liberal Robert Moon 8,58130.7-1.4
Labour John Lyttelton Etty4,69416.8+6.2
Majority6,05721.8-3.4
Turnout 72.2-6.3
Unionist hold Swing -1.7

Elections in the 1930s

General election 1931: Oxford [45]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Robert Bourne unopposedn/an/a
Conservative hold Swing n/a
General election 1935: Oxford [45]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Robert Bourne 16,30662.8N/A
Labour Patrick Gordon-Walker 9,66137.2N/A
Majority6,64525.6N/A
Turnout 25,96767.3N/A
Conservative hold Swing
1938 Oxford by-election [45]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Quintin Hogg 15,79756.1-6.7
Independent Progressive Sandie Lindsay 12,36343.9N/A
Majority3,43412.2-13.4
Turnout 28,16076.3+9.0
Conservative hold Swing -6.7

Elections in the 1940s

General Election 1939/40:

Another General Election was required to take place before the end of 1940. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place and by Autumn 1939, the following candidates had been selected;

General election 1945: Oxford [45]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Quintin Hogg 14,31445.3%-17.5%
Labour Frank Pakenham 11,45136.2%-1.0%
Liberal Anthony Norman5,86018.5%N/A
Majority2,8639.1%-16.5%
Turnout 31,62566.3-1.0%
Conservative hold Swing -8.3%

Elections in the 1950s

General election 1950: Oxford
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Quintin Hogg 27,50846.85+1.55%
Labour Elizabeth Pakenham 23,90240.71+4.51%
Liberal Donald William Tweddle6,80711.59-6.91%
Communist Ernest Keeling4940.84+0.84%
Majority3,6066.14-2.96%
Turnout 58,71184.89
Conservative hold Swing -1.48%
1950 Oxford by-election [47]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Lawrence Turner 27,58357.50+10.65
Labour Sydney Kersland Lewis20,38542.50+1.79
Majority7,19815.00+8.86
Turnout 47,968
Conservative hold Swing +4.33
General election 1951: Oxford
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Lawrence Turner 32,36756.00%-1.50%
Labour George Elvin 25,42744.00%+1.50%
Majority6,94012.01%+5.87%
Turnout 57,79481.98-2.91%
Conservative hold Swing -1.50%
General election 1955: Oxford
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Lawrence Turner 27,70852.30%-3.70%
Labour George Elvin 19,93037.62%-6.38%
Liberal Ivor Davies 5,33610.07%N/A
Majority7,77814.68%+2.65%
Turnout 52,97478.22%-3.76%
Conservative hold Swing +1.34%

+0.69%

General election 1959: Oxford
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Montague Woodhouse 26,79850.95%-1.35%
Labour Leslie N Anderton18,31034.81%-2.81%
Liberal Ivor Davies 7,49114.24%+4.14%
Majority8,48816.14+1.46%
Turnout 52,59978.91+0.69%
Conservative hold Swing +0.73%

Elections in the 1960s

General election 1964: Oxford
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Montague Woodhouse 22,21242.89%-8.06%
Labour Evan Luard 20,78340.13%+5.32%
Liberal Ivor Davies 8,79716.99%+2.75%
Majority1,4292.76%-13.38%
Turnout 51,79277.29-1.63
Conservative hold Swing -6.69%
General election 1966: Oxford
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Labour Evan Luard 24,41246.45%+6.32%
Conservative Montague Woodhouse 21,98741.84-1.05%
Liberal Alexander Duncan Campbell Peterson6,15211.71%-5.28%
Majority2,4254.61%+6.37%
Turnout 52,55179.26%+1.97%
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +3.67%

Elections in the 1970s

General election 1970: Oxford
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Montague Woodhouse 24,87346.96%+5.12%
Labour Evan Luard 22,98943.40%-3.05%
Liberal Peter H Reeves5,1039.63%-2.08%
Majority1,8843.56%+8.17
Turnout 52,96574.54%-4.72%
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +4.08%
General election, February 1974: Oxford [48]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Montague Woodhouse 23,96739.81%-7.15%
Labour Evan Luard 23,14638.44%-4.96%
Liberal MS Butler13,09421.75%+12.12%
Majority8211.36%-2.20%
Turnout 60,20478.55%+4.01%
Conservative hold Swing -1.10%
General election, October 1974: Oxford [49]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Labour Evan Luard 23,35942.71%+4.29%
Conservative Montague Woodhouse 22,32340.82%+1.01%
Liberal MS Butler8,37415.31%-6.44%
National Front Ian Anderson 5721.05%N/A
Independent Bernice Olive Smith640.12%N/A
Majority1,0361.89%+3.25%
Turnout 54,69170.78%-7.77%
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +1.64%
General election 1979: Oxford [50]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative John Patten 27,45945.30%+4.48%
Labour Evan Luard 25,96242.83%+0.12%
Liberal Dermot Roaf6,23410.28%-4.03%
Oxford Ecological MovementAnthony Cheke8871.46%N/A
Independent Bernice Olive Smith720.12%+0.00%
Majority1,4972.47%+0.58%
Turnout 60,61074.18+3.40%
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +2.18%

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