West Oxfordshire District Council

2023 Local Elections

Elections are being held on May 4th, 2023 for West Oxfordshire District Council. Below you'll find the outstanding candidates representing the Liberal Democrats in places across the district. From civil engineers to journalists, from early childhood experts to entrepreneurs, our team will focus on pragmatic solutions to current problems and a bolder vision for the future of West Oxfordshire. If you're voting in person, remember to bring your ID.

Bampton and Clanfield

Alistair Wray

Alistair Wray

Alistair Wray is a civil engineer by training and a specialist in infrastructure with more than 40 years of professional experience. He already serves on Bampton's parish council and is your West Oxfordshire District Council candidate for Bampton and Clanfield. It would be wonderful to have him working on infrastructure challenges in our district, especially the sewage which is spewing into our rivers and urgently needs to be dealt with. Vote for him on May 4th! 


Carterton North East

David Melvin

David Melvin

David Melvin has decades of experience working both in local government and with voluntary groups and has lived in Carterton for the past two decades. He has seen significant expansion in Carterton in the time he has lived here and would like to contribute to continued improvement and additional facilities in the town centre. He is keen for residents to take an active interest in local democracy.

David has worked with a local branch of a national housing charity, helping to provide support and assistance to older and less able people. From 2008 to 2015, he continued this role as a member of West Oxfordshire District Council’s Home Improvement Agency, working in partnership with Social Services and other organisations.

Carterton needs councillors who will listen and act in their best interests. So come 4th May, vote for David Melvin. He is standing for both West Oxfordshire District Council and Carterton Town Council. 

Carterton North West

Phil Godfrey is our candidate for Carterton North West

Phil Godfrey

Phil Godfrey is standing for both West Oxfordshire District Council Carterton Town Council. Phil is chairman of Carterton Football Club and decided to stand for local council to improve the local sports facilities for the youth of Carterton.

Phil is driven to make a difference and ensure that plans for the sports field are not stalled, delayed whilst children grow up without access to proper sports facilities. After all they don’t have time, you are only young once.

Phil founded and ran a chain of car autocentres across Oxfordshire. Dynamic, goal-oriented and keen to help in the community, Phil gives back with endless amounts of time via the football club.

We are so proud to have Phil on our team. We know as your councillor he will make you proud too.

If you live in Carterton North West vote for Phil on May 4th! 


Carterton South

Liz Wood

Liz Wood

Liz Wood is one of these dedicated, passionate, members of the public, who after living in Carterton for most of her life, has stepped into politics to make sure local voices are heard, local concerns are dealt with, and to get change happening. Her aim is to build bridges and create a more collaborative environment in which Carterton can thrive.

Liz’s journey to become a councillor started after she joined a local resident’s group campaigning for a public referendum, to give the residents of Carterton a say about what is built on the Recreation Ground.

Liz understands the community she serves very well, not just because she’s a long-term resident and a former pupil of Gateway school, but her dad was in the RAF and her husband is also an ex-serviceman. She inherently appreciates what it is like to be a child and partner of a serving member of the armed forces.

Liz became a Lib Dem Town Councillor for the Gateway Ward last September, and in this very short period of time has hit the ground running. She is dedicated to giving the public a voice about what happens in their community.   With this in mind, she has set up a Councillor Facebook Page and she has regular drop-in surgeries.

So come 4th May vote for Liz Wood to become the district councillor for Carterton South as well as representing you on Carterton Town Council. 


Charlbury, Finstock and Fawler

Andy Graham

Andy Graham

Andy Graham is the Leader of West Oxfordshire District Council. He has been a councillor on West Oxfordshire District Council since 2015 and is the community voice for the villages. He has a track record of fighting for reduced speeding limits, preserving pubs and supporting local businesses.

Andy is a teacher by profession, and pioneered drama in the school curriculum before becoming a youth worker and drama director. He was a councillor for 16 years in Hertfordshire and a town mayor, before moving to West Oxfordshire. He lives in Churchill.

Andy is a passionate community supporter who really cares about improving the lives of residents. Please vote to see Andy returned to West Oxfordshire district council on 4th May.

Contact Andy: andy.graham@oxonlibdems.uk


Steve Cosier

Stephen Cosier

Ducklingdon, Curbridge and Lew residents are backing local resident Steve Cosier to be our new district councillor for Ducklington ward.

At West Oxfordshire District Council, the Lib Dem team are proposing more realistic housing targets in the new Local Plan, putting pressure on Thames Water to stop dumping raw sewage in our rivers, and supporting struggling residents with the cost living crisis.

Locally, Steve Cosier and the team are doing what they can to oppose the unsuitable development on The Moors. “Even though outline planning permission has been granted, the fight still goes on. My focus is on protecting The Moors and other precious green spaces under threat,” said Steve.

This election is a chance to finally get the representation local residents deserve. Vote Lib Dem to elect a hard-working local councillor who will put Ducklington, Curbridge & Lew first.

Eynsham and Cassington

Dan Levy

Dan Levy

Dan Levy has been a West Oxfordshire District councillor since May 2019 and also represents Eynsham on Oxfordshire County Council. He lives in Eynsham with his wife, and his professional background is in finance. He has two adult children who grew up in Eynsham and went to Bartholomew School.

He is a passionate cycle campaigner, and our county's cycle champion. You can also see him running or walking around the countryside, as well as supporting the large number of pubs in Eynsham village. 

Dan was brought up in Cheshire, and has retained a commitment to supporting Stockport County FC. He was a director of the club after leading a fan buyout.

He was a member of the Liberal party from the mid-1980s, and thereafter joined the Liberal Democrats, inspired by a commitment to civil liberties, localism and international cooperation. 

Dan does a fantastic job on West Oxfordshire District Council and we need him re-elected on 4th May.

Hailey, Minster Lovell and Leafield

Paul Marsh

Paul Marsh

Paul Marsh lives in Delly End, Hailey, with his family but is originally from Stoke-On-Trent, The Potteries. So Paul is a city boy who now lives in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside.

After working for more than 25 years in global corporates in the telecoms industry, Paul changed careers to work with his wife, running their local business, based in Oxfordshire.

Both his background and these two careers have given him insight into issues from a global to a local perspective and the ability to see things from different points of view. 

Paul is a lifelong Liberal Democrat and will work tirelessly for the Hailey, Minster Lovell and Leafield ward, not forgetting Ramsden, Crawley, Poffley and Delly Ends and Little Minster of course.

Vote for Paul on May 4th!

Stonesfield and Tackley

Tim Sumner

Tim Sumner

Tim Sumner brings a lot of experience and enthusiasm to the local community and will do a stellar job of representing Stonesfield and Tackley.

Tim is a long-term Oxfordshire resident and is currently the vice-chair of Chipping Norton Theatre. He was a TV news director on BBC's Newsnight, ITV's News at Ten, and Channel 4 News, as well as having directed several general elections and parliamentary coverage for ITV. Tim feels strongly that communities and local pressure groups are now providing the engine for change, away from Westminster. As a district councillor he will be active and vocal about local issues around Stonesfield and Tackley.

Vote for Tim on May 4th to be Stonesfield & Tackley’s district councillor.

Witney West

David Smith

David Smith

Local residents are backing David Smith to be our next district councillor here in Witney West ward. The election is expected to be a close contest between hardworking local resident David Smith and the Conservatives. Labour and Green supporters are switching to the Lib Dems to make sure the Conservatives don’t win this time.

At West Oxfordshire District Council, the Lib Dem team are working hard to protect and invest in local services. They are supporting people through the Conservative cost of living crisis, putting pressure on Thames Water to clean up our rivers, and putting the council back in the community by expanding the services offered at the Welch Way office.

David Smith has lived in Witney for over 30 years, and understands the concerns and challenges that residents face. He recognises the need to make our town’s roads safer, but disagrees with the blanket approach taken by Labour-run Witney Town Council.

On May 4th, use your vote to elect a hard-working local councillor who will be a strong voice for our community and get things done. Every vote will count.

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