Every year councillors vacate their seats for a whole range of reasons.  When this happens there is little notice or time to campaign for the vacant seats.  This is an opportunity for the Green Party to step up and make a mark in the local community.


We will use this page to announce and cover progress in any by elections called in West Oxfordshire that we feel we can contest.


Are you wondering if you are eligible to stand click here is the full guidance from the electoral commission.

Witney East By Election August 25th 2022

We fought and dramtically improved our standing in the By Election called for Witney Town Council - Witney East Ward that had polling date of 25th August, gianing almost 20% of the votes.  This puts us in a good position for next year when all four of the seats come up for election.  


Sandra Simpson for Witney East

Our candidiate Sandra fought a strong campaign with the support of numerous volunteers and is looking forward to campaignig again in the May elections.  She has lived in Witney for over 20 years, having previously lived in rural Bedfordshire with her family.  


She was a lecturer for the Open University and the University of Hertfordshire where she was Head of Continuing Studies, supporting mature students. She has also taught In prisons and helped unemployed people in Witney and Oxford with English, Maths and preparing their CVs.


As a volunteer she :

  • was an active member of a local parent-run playgroup
  • taught lifesaving at her children’s swimming club .
  • is a qualified bowls coach.
  • is an active member of several wildlife groups.

Sandra founded the pioneering Woodgreen Area Waste Action Group, which started the first  green waste collections at the council offices.  The group also gave demonstrations and talks on recycling and arranged monthly Swap Shops. 


She enjoys playing tennis on The Leys and is a regular at the leisure centre and pool and is a committed cyclist, saving money and many car journeys, by managing her shopping using her panniers.


To read Sandra's election leaflet please click here

Woodstock By Election August 25th 2022

A By Election has been called for Witney East with a deadline of nominations was the 29th July with a planned polling date of 25th August.


The Green Party Will not be standing in this by-election it was decided to concentrate the efforts of the branch on Witney East.