Cameron, Witney MP, became the leader of the Conservative Party
on Tuesday December 6th when he won 134,446 of the 198.844 (67.6%)
valid votes cast by Tory party members.
The Witney seat
is comprised of some 82 villages and towns nestled in the idyllic
The main population
centres are the market town of Witney, the old
mill town of Chipping Norton, as well as Woodstock
and Burford. Witney's economic history is based
around the weaving
and blanket trade.
Blanket Company was incorporated in 1710 - the secret of its high
quality blankets was apparently the use of water from the River
Windrush in the manufacturing process. The blanket industry has
now declined, and the seat's economy is now largely based on industrial
estates which are home to a variety of companies including Oxford
Electrical Products Ltd and Windrush Technology Ltd.
The armed services
are also a major source of employment for constituents, as RAF Brize
Norton is based here. Winston Churchill was born in Bleinheim Palace,
which was built for the first Duke of Marlborough.
This seat turned
Labour against its will in the 1997 Parliament, when the incumbent
Tory MP Shaun Woodward defected to Labour. When he then moved to
represent St Helens South in 2001, Witney re-elected a Conservative
in the form of David Cameron, on an increased majority.
Source : bbc.co.uk
was re-elected in May 2005 with 49.3% of the votes (26,571 votes,
a 14,156 majority over Liz Leffman the Liberal Democrat candidate).
The swing being 0.8% from Liberal Democrat to Conservative.
The total turnout
for the 2005 General Election was 53,869 (69% of the registered
electors), a 3.1% increase from 2001.
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