The Liberal Democrat's Bicester & Woodstock chair Simon Lytton has called out the local Labour Party's mathematics in polling predictions. In a recent Oxford Mail article, the local Labour party claimed that they were 400 votes ahead of the second placed party in a poll by Electoral Calculus.
Responding to the poll, Simon Lytton, chair of Bicester and Woodstock Lib Dems, said it didn't "reflect local reality".
“These out-of-date numbers applied a blanket national method to the 2019 general election result; they don’t reflect local reality here in 2024," he said.
"Everyone knows that the new constituency will be a tight race between local Lib Dem, Calum Miller, and the Conservatives. More recent polls have confirmed this. Even the national Labour party have said this is not a target seat for them. Not a single Labour councillor has been elected in the new constituency for five years - and Labour haven’t even chosen their candidate. By contrast, Liberal Democrats have consistently won local elections, and Calum Miller has been actively engaging with local residents as our candidate since last year. These facts are much more relevant to our local choice at the next election than one questionable national projection. Those who want to see positive change in our area should look at the facts on the ground which show that only the Lib Dems – and Calum Miller – can beat the Conservatives here.”