Elections in Oxford - 6 May 2021

Oxford City Council elections

Returning Officer

The Returning Officer for the City Council elections is Susan Sale.


All 48 seats on the City Council will be up this time. These will be for both seats in each of the following 24 wards:

  • Barton and Sandhills
  • Blackbird Leys
  • Carfax and Jericho
  • Churchill
  • Cowley
  • Cutteslowe & Sunnymead
  • Donnington
  • Headington
  • Headington Hill & Northway
  • Hinksey Park
  • Holywell
  • Littlemore
  • Lye Valley
  • Marston
  • Northfield Brook
  • Osney & St. Thomas
  • Quarry & Risinghurst
  • Rose Hill and Iffley
  • St. Clement’s
  • St. Mary’s
  • Summertown
  • Temple Cowley
  • Walton Manor
  • Wolvercote

For details of current members of the City Council please see the Councillors page of our website.

The City Council normally elects half the council every two years (one councillor in each ward). Following to a ward boundary review carried out by the Local Government Boundary Commission all seats are up for election this time.

The elections for these seats were postponed in May 2020, which will mean that the councillors elected will serve the following terms:

  • the winner until May 2024;
  • the person placed second until May 2022.


Notice of Election for the City Council elections

Statement of Persons Nominated for the City Council elections

(Please note - candidates can suppress their home address from official election materials (notices and ballot papers, for example). Where they have done that then it will  show as "address in [local council area]")

Candidates’ Nominations

Candidates’ nominations for these elections have to be submitted to the Returning Officer, via The Town Hall, St. Aldate’s, Oxford, OX1 1BX from Thursday 25 March 2021 and by no later than 4 pm on Thursday 8 April 2021.

Nomination Papers will be available from the Returning Officer from mid- March. For more information about nominations please contact Electoral Services.

The names and descriptions of the candidates nominated will be available on this page as soon as possible after the closing time of 4 pm on Thursday 8 April 2021

Guidance for Candidates/Agents 

Information and guidance for County and City candidates prepared nationally by the Electoral Commission is available from the Commission’s website here: EC County/City council candidate guidance.

Please note that nomination papers for candidates will not be available from the Council’s website, but will be supplied by the Elections Office on request.

Alternatively, they may be downloaded from the Electoral Commission website as noted above. If using the forms from the Commission, it is essential that you print all the necessary documents in full.

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