Witney: Seat, Ward and Prediction Details

Witney: Overview

 Predicted winner: CON 
 Acual winner: CON 

MP at 2019: Robert Courts  (CON)
County/Area: Oxfordshire (South East)
Electorate: 83,845
Turnout: 73.1%
CON Majority15,17724.8%Pred Maj 29.8%
Chance of

Witney : Political and Demographic indicators

The table below shows some political and demographic numerical indicators for the Witney constituency, the 'South East' area and nation.

The political measures include the three axes: Economic (Left/Right), National (Global/National) and Social (Liberal/Conservative). (what does this mean).

The demographic measures are from the 2011 Census and include categories relating to national identity, economic activity, health and education. These categories are those which have the most relevance to political attitudes.

Indicator Seat South EastAll GB
Party Winner 2019CONCONCON
Party Winner 2017CONCONCON
Party Winner 2015CONCONCON
Economic Position15° Right11° Right
National Position3° Nat
Social Position1° Con
TribeKind Yuppies
EU Leave %46%52%52%
British Identity30%29%29%
Good Health52%49%48%
UK Born92%88%88%
Good Education45%43%39%
Good Job57%56%51%
High SEC59%57%51%
Average Age50.349.248.5
ABC1 Class61%60%54%

Witney ranks #471 for "Leave", #51 for "Right", #381 for "National" and #383 for "Social" out of 650 seats.

Indicators: Legend and Descriptions

Indicators : Legend and Descriptions

The colour scheme used in the table above is explained in the legend table below. The eight census indicators (British Identity, Good Health, UK Born, Good Education, Good Job, High SEC, Average Age and AB1 Class) all use the same 'Census' colour scheme indicating whether the area's level is above or below the national average.

TopicCat 1Cat 2Cat 3Cat 4Cat 5
Economic PositionVery LeftLeftCentristRightVery Right
National PositionVery GlobalGlobalCentristNationalVery Nat
Social PositionVery LibLiberalModerateConservativeVery Cons
EU Leave %Very RemainRemainBalancedLeaveVery Leave
CensusVery LowLowMediumHighVery High

Indicator definitions are given in terms of political data definitions or census categories:

Definition / Included Census Categories
Party WinnerArea party winner : actual election result or projected by Electoral Calculus
Economic PositionEconomic position between 100° Left and 100° Right, estimated by Electoral Calculus from political and demographic data.
National PositionNational position between 100° Global and 100° National, estimated by Electoral Calculus from political and demographic data.
Social PositionSocial position between 100° Liberal and 100° Conservative, estimated by Electoral Calculus from political and demographic data.
TribeTribe group dominant in the area. Can be: Strong Left, Traditionalists, Progressives, Centrists, Somewheres, Kind Young Capitalists, or Strong Right. See details.
EU Leave %EU Referendum vote share for 'Leave' : actual result or estimate
British IdentityNational Identity (KS202)Those answering British, British-Other, or Scottish-British
Good HealthHealth (KS301)Those answering 'Very Good Health'
UK BornCountry of Birth (QS203)Those answering England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, GB Other, or UK Other
Good EducationHighest level of Qualification (QS501)Level 3 (A-level equivalent) or Level 4+ (degree equivalent)
Good JobOccupation (QS606)Occupation codes 1xx to 4xx (Managers, Professionals, Associates, and office workers)
High SECNS-SeC of Household Reference Person (QS609)National Statistics Socio-economic Classification from 1 to 4 (higher managers and professionals, lower managers and professionals, intermediate occupations, small employers and self-employed).
Average AgeAge (QS103)Average age of adults (18 years and above)
ABC1 ClassApproximated Social Grade (QS611)Approximated social grades A, B and C1

Witney: Map

Boundary Lines courtesy of Ordnance Survey OpenData © Crown copyright 2015, Map © OpenStreetMap contributors

Witney: Ward-by-ward

Workings for Witney

This section gives an estimate of the votes cast in each ward of Witney at the general election of 2019. The official ward breakdowns are not officially tabulated or published, so these numbers are only approximate. The basic idea of the calculation is to look at the district council wards which make up the new seat, and estimate how they voted in 2019, and also to predict how they will vote at the next election. These estimates are based both on the recent local election results and the Census 2011 demography in those wards, with adjustments made to allow for different turnouts and different voting patterns for local and general elections.

Usuallly each ward lies entirely within a single constituency, but some large wards are split between several constituencies (particularly in Scotland and Northern Ireland). The electorate figure shown is the estimate of the electorate which is common to both the constituency and the particular ward, and can be very small.

Election results from a recent local election are given. This is usually the local election closest to 2015 from the period 2012-2015. For multiple-member wards, the votes shown are the sum of the votes cast for all candidates of each party. A negative number indicates candidate(s) elected unopposed.

Calculation method

There are a few problems with using the raw (actual) local election results to imply general election results ward-by-ward. Firstly, turnout can be different between local and general elections, which means that the total number of local votes cast does not equal the number of votes cast in each old seat at the general election. To correct for this, we adjust the local votes to match the general election turnout. Each ward's result is scaled, whilst keeping constant the percentage support for each party, so that the total turnout adds up to the old seat's general election turnout. All wards in the old seat are assumed to have the same percentage turnout.

Because not all parties have a candidate in each ward, and sometimes there is only a single candidate elected unopposed, the local election results can understate a party's true support. To correct for this, we also use Census demography to make an alternative estimate of how the ward voted in the general election, based on any demographic differences between the ward and the seat overall.

Both method are then combined together, and the votes are subject to a final adjustment to make sure that the totals over the wards add up to the general election seat total, as they must.

Raw vote and Estimated General Election vote

The raw vote table shows the district council election results for all the wards in the seat of Witney. The first block shows the actual results. The second block shows the estimated general election votes for each ward after all the processes are complete.

WitneyActual Results
West OxfordshireAlvescot and Filkins201570910069102870
West OxfordshireAscott and Shipton2014478114750960
West OxfordshireBampton and Clanfield20151,3192161862842140
West OxfordshireBrize Norton and Shilton20143950000323
West OxfordshireBurford201449440084560
West OxfordshireCarterton North East20151,5283611533861300
West OxfordshireCarterton North West20151,3282701173711290
West OxfordshireCarterton South20151,3632541333421240
West OxfordshireChadlington and Churchill201245578370540
West OxfordshireCharlbury and Finstock20157901711,0181232550
West OxfordshireChipping Norton20151,7828871813092730
West OxfordshireDucklington20143371190151590
West OxfordshireEynsham and Cassington20151,5135576803944940
West OxfordshireFreeland and Hanborough201464420044301470
West OxfordshireHailey, Minster Lovell and Leafield20152,59473460303410
West OxfordshireKingham, Rollright and Enstone20151,4333371972041910
West OxfordshireMilton-under-Wychwood2012-100000
West OxfordshireNorth Leigh20124592060000
West OxfordshireStandlake, Aston and Stanton Harcourt20148401401372611030
West OxfordshireStonesfield and Tackley20151,44843029603340
West OxfordshireThe Bartons201438909814100
West OxfordshireWitney Central20151,1808131492251990
West OxfordshireWitney East20152,2741,0171823274190
West OxfordshireWitney North20151,1204191362593230
West OxfordshireWitney South20151,4976971715592480
West OxfordshireWitney West20151,3533161512411450
West OxfordshireWoodstock and Bladon20143259253010287309

The raw results and adjusted for turnout and combined with the implied results from the Census Demography calculation, and then adjusted to match the general election totals. The results of these calculations are shown in the table below.

WitneyEst. 2019 General Election Results
West OxfordshireAlvescot and Filkins1,41861610531600001,037
West OxfordshireAscott and Shipton1,56365612136600001,143
West OxfordshireBampton and Clanfield2,9501,27624064100002,157
West OxfordshireBrize Norton and Shilton2,4741,11417551900001,808
West OxfordshireBurford1,47566110531300001,079
West OxfordshireCarterton North East4,9212,04356599000003,598
West OxfordshireCarterton North West3,5321,57132268900002,582
West OxfordshireCarterton South3,2681,45029764200002,389
West OxfordshireChadlington and Churchill1,54766411735100001,132
West OxfordshireCharlbury and Finstock2,91399526487100002,130
West OxfordshireChipping Norton5,1271,9657101,07300003,748
West OxfordshireDucklington1,69972215936100001,242
West OxfordshireEynsham and Cassington4,5891,7185031,13400003,355
West OxfordshireFreeland and Hanborough3,3611,28727289800002,457
West OxfordshireHailey, Minster Lovell and Leafield3,2291,36527771900002,361
West OxfordshireKingham, Rollright and Enstone3,2071,35327172000002,344
West OxfordshireMilton-under-Wychwood1,61574011332700001,180
West OxfordshireNorth Leigh1,54663816632600001,130
West OxfordshireStandlake, Aston and Stanton Harcourt3,3691,45325775300002,463
West OxfordshireStonesfield and Tackley3,2151,29530475200002,351
West OxfordshireThe Bartons1,57769511134700001,153
West OxfordshireWitney Central4,2191,54570084000003,085
West OxfordshireWitney East6,3012,3388851,38400004,607
West OxfordshireWitney North3,1761,26536868900002,322
West OxfordshireWitney South4,9471,91771798300003,617
West OxfordshireWitney West3,4061,40336971900002,491
West OxfordshireWoodstock and Bladon3,2041,11127995300002,343

Predicted ward-by-ward votes for Witney

This table shows the predicted general election result broken down over each ward in the seat of Witney.

WitneyPredicted Results
West OxfordshireAlvescot and Filkins1,41860617625500001,037
West OxfordshireAscott and Shipton1,56364619929800001,143
West OxfordshireBampton and Clanfield2,9501,25638851300002,157
West OxfordshireBrize Norton and Shilton2,4741,09729941200001,808
West OxfordshireBurford1,47565117924900001,079
West OxfordshireCarterton North East4,9212,01081177700003,598
West OxfordshireCarterton North West3,5321,54749953600002,582
West OxfordshireCarterton South3,2681,42846050000002,388
West OxfordshireChadlington and Churchill1,54765419428400001,132
West OxfordshireCharlbury and Finstock2,91397541074500002,130
West OxfordshireChipping Norton5,1271,93196685100003,748
West OxfordshireDucklington1,69971124428700001,242
West OxfordshireEynsham and Cassington4,5891,68773293500003,354
West OxfordshireFreeland and Hanborough3,3611,26444075200002,456
West OxfordshireHailey, Minster Lovell and Leafield3,2291,34343957900002,361
West OxfordshireKingham, Rollright and Enstone3,2071,33243158100002,344
West OxfordshireMilton-under-Wychwood1,61572919425700001,180
West OxfordshireNorth Leigh1,54662824325900001,130
West OxfordshireStandlake, Aston and Stanton Harcourt3,3691,43042560700002,462
West OxfordshireStonesfield and Tackley3,2151,27346561300002,351
West OxfordshireThe Bartons1,57768419027900001,153
West OxfordshireWitney Central4,2191,51791165700003,085
West OxfordshireWitney East6,3012,2961,2001,11100004,607
West OxfordshireWitney North3,1761,24452755100002,322
West OxfordshireWitney South4,9471,88496476900003,617
West OxfordshireWitney West3,4061,38053957100002,490
West OxfordshireWoodstock and Bladon3,2041,09043981400002,343

Please note that general election results and electorates are not officially made available ward-by-ward. The numbers shown are our best estimates for these figures, but are not official. The wards used are those of 2015, to match those used by the Boundary Commissions.

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