Anneliese Dodds keeps seat in Oxford East

Labour candidate Anneliese Dodds has kept her seat as MP for Oxford East with 57% of the vote.

Dodds was first elected in 2017 in which she won over 35,000 votes. Her majority was narrowed in this election where she won by 28,135 votes to her nearest opponent’s 10,303, in a -8.2 point swing away from Labour.

A Labour safe seat since 1987, Dodds gained more votes than the other seven candidates standing in Oxford East.

Turnout was 63.3%, down by 5.5% when compared with 2017. Dodds’ nearest rivals were the Conservative candidate, Louise Staite, who gained 20.9% of the vote, whilst the Liberal Democrats’ Alistair Fernie won 13.9%.

Despite Liberal Democrat and Labour successes in Oxford, Oxfordshire was otherwise decidedly blue with Conservatives holding their seats in Witney, Henley, Banbury and Wantage. The Conservative Party will form a government under Boris Johnson after winning a definitive majority.

Dodds, a graduate of St Hilda’s College Oxford, was an MEP for South East England from 2014 before her election as MP in 2017.