Witney (UK Parliament constituency)

Witney is a county constituency in Oxfordshire represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament by the first-past-the-post system of election, and was created for the 1983 general election. It has been a safe Conservative Party seat at recent elections. It is currently represented by Robert Courts of the Conservative Party.

Witney
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Witney in Oxfordshire
Location of Oxfordshire within England
CountyOxfordshire
Electorate78,220 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlementsWitney, Carterton, Chipping Norton and Charlbury
Current constituency
Created1983
Member of ParliamentRobert Courts (Conservative)
Number of membersOne
Created fromMid Oxfordshire and Banbury[2]

It was represented from 2001-2016 by David Cameron, Leader of the Conservative Party (2005-2016) and UK Prime Minister (2010-2016).[3] On 12 September 2016, Cameron resigned from serving as an MP triggering the 2016 Witney by-election, at which Robert Courts of the Conservatives retained the seat; albeit with a reduced majority.[4] His vote share subsequently rose to 55% at the 2017 and 2019 general elections.

It is coterminous with the district of West Oxfordshire, and includes the towns of Carterton, Chipping Norton and Woodstock.