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Witney has new Tory MP, but Lib Dems leap to second place

The Conservatives, as expected, won the Witney by-election in the early hours of the morning but their majority - and share of the vote - were well down on what the area's former MP David Cameron managed in the GENERAL election.

Robert Courts won. He was just under 6,000 votes ahead of the Liberal Democrats, who jumped from 4th place to 2nd, with over 11,500 votes. Labour slipped back to third, and the Greens just beat UKIP.

Our political correspondent Phil Hornby reports on a night of drama.

New MP for Witney replaces former PM David Cameron

The new Member of Parliament for Witney, the seat in Oxfordshire vacated by the former Prime Minister David Cameron, has been revealed after yesterday's by-election.

The new MP for Witney, Robert Courts MP

Robert Courts, the deputy leader of West Oxfordshire Council won, securing the constituency once again for the Conservatives.

However, the Tory majority was cut from more than 25,000 for David Cameron in last year's general election to a majority of just 5,702 this time around. The Liberal Democrats came in second place, seeing a 19.3% swing from the Conservatives

Our Political Correspondent Phil Hornby was at the count.

The interviewees are Robert Courts MP; and Liz Leffman ,the Lib Dem parliamentary candidate.


Candidates declare intentions to contest Witney seat

David Cameron stood down as MP for Witney after 15 years Credit: PA

Preparations for a by-election in Witney to replace former Prime Minister David Cameron are well underway and most candidates have declared their intentions. The deadline is Monday at 4pm.

Five parties have confirmed their candidates so far.

Conservative: Robert Courts

Green Party: Larry Sanders

Liberal Democrats: Liz Leffman

Labour: Duncan Enright

English Democrats: Winston McKenzie

The by-elections have been prompted by former Prime Minister David Cameron's decision to quit as MP for Witney after 15 years.The constituency includes the towns of Carterton, Chipping Norton and Woodstock.

The by-election is set for 20th October.

The people of Witney reflect on MP no longer being PM

As new Prime Minister Theresa May continues to clear out several members of David Cameron's former cabinet, people in Witney have been reflecting on the fact that after six years, their MP will no longer be the country's leader.

As Kate Bunkall reports, while many of Mr Cameron's constituents say they're actually looking forward to getting their MP back, some were sad to see the end of an era:

Witness appeal after woman, 24, assaulted in Witney

Thames Valley Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was assaulted in Witney, Oxfordshire, on Sunday 26th June 2016.

The 24-year-old victim said she was walking along Corn Street in the direction of Marlborough Lane at about 2.30am, when she was approached by a man in his twenties who assaulted her.

The offender has been described as :

  • a white man, in his 20s

  • of medium build and around 6ft tall

  • wearing a white t-shirt and jeans

The woman was left with minor injuries, but did not need hospital treatment. A man has been arrested and bailed until the 9th July.

“This was a frightening experience for the victim.

“I would appeal to anyone who was in the area at this time and witnessed this incident or saw anything suspicious to contact police on 101.

“If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers (opens new window) anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court."

– Sgt Andrew Ball, Thames Valley Police


Consultation to tackle traffic bottleneck

A consultation has been launched today into plans to spend millions pounds tackling one of the region's worst traffic bottlenecks.

Rush hour congestion is a major problem on the A40 between Witney and Oxford - with thousands of vehicles using the single carriageway every morning during the week.

The options on offer include adding a new lane or creating tram or train links. Sam Holder reports.

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