Liberal Democrat Layla Moran has been re-elected as MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, increasing her majority with a massive 6.9 point swing and 31,340 votes.
Moran was elected MP for the constituency in 2017 with a slim majority of 816 votes, ending Conservative Nicola Blackwood’s seven year tenure. Her victory in the 2019 election increases the gap between the Liberal Democrats and the Conservative Party to 9000 votes after James Fredrickson gained only 38.1% of the vote.
Labour candidate Rosie Sourbut received 4,258 votes, while the Brexit Party candidate, Allison Wild, received 829. The swing to the Liberal Democrats since the 2015 election was a massive 16 points, bucking national trends.
Moran spoke to The Oxford Blue in the wake of her victory: “I am of course delighted to have been re-elected as the MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, and I am grateful to our community for placing its trust in me once again.
“The result shows that the people of Oxford West and Abingdon clearly don’t want to get Brexit done. It also shows that they want tougher action on the climate crisis, on funding for our schools and for our NHS.
“I will continue to be first and foremost a local advocate, speaking up for residents on issues such as the disastrous Expressway project.
“I’ll be making no major decisions about my future until I’ve had some sleep, and we’ve had a chance to reflect as a party on the results.”
In her winning speech, Moran thanked her fellow candidates for an ‘amicable’ campaign.
She said: “With over 50 per cent of the vote, we can see categorically that the people of Oxford West and Abingdon do not want to get Brexit done, because we know what it will to do our local economy.”
The turnout was 76.4% in this Brexit centric election, and the Liberal Democrat victory echoes the wishes of the 70% of constituents voted to remain in the European Union in 2016.
Moran is one of 11 Liberal Democrats to be elected as MPs in an election which decisively returned a Conservative Majority.
Liberal Democrat leader, Jo Swinson, has stepped down as leader after narrowly losing her seat in Dunbartonshire East by 149 votes to SNP candidate Amy Callaghan.
Ed Davey, the deputy leader, and Sal Brinton, the President, will take over as interim Liberal Democrat leaders.