Witney By-election roundup

2016_8102_The_Company_of_Weavers_20_OctThis by-election was caused by mysterious disappearance of No. 10’s Cheshire Cat David Cameron.  So who better to replace him than Alisdair De Voil from Oxford, ‘The Mad Hatter’, who shouted “this is my tea party”, checked his watch, and made a dash for the nomination.

Our party leader Howling Laud arrived in Witney to support him a couple of days before the election, and was caught up in a film about ‘Political Party Leaders of Great Britain.’

2016_8110_Windrush_Leisure_Centre_20_Oct‘The Mad Hatter’, Howling and Mark Stokes, a party activist from Shrivenham, toured the constituency mostly talking in French when they couldn’t remember what they were meant to be saying in English and supping from bottles that said “drink me!”. They ended up in a very nice public house called The New Inn, where they did seven impossible things just before breakfast.

2016_8112_Windrush_Leisure_Centre_20_OctCongratulations to The Mad Hatter for increasing his vote by 100% and coming 8th out of 14 candidates. We always knew it would be a tough Constituency, but it seems we are catching up fast with the Greens and Ukip who despite all their media attention, still only have one more M.P than us.

The night of the Count saw the arrival of the party faithful, ‘Nick the Flying Brick’, RU Seerius, Lady Helenbak, Chinners, and local supporters, George, Tom & Jerry.

2016_8121_Windrush_Leisure_Centre_20_OctAs usual cameras were snapping. There was a great atmosphere at the Counting Hall with very friendly banter between candidates and all supporters.

Back to our candidate, didn’t he do well, 129 votes, coming 8th out of fourteen, and a big round of applause for all his efforts was heard around the hall.

2016_8122_Windrush_Leisure_Centre_20_OctWe all agreed afterwards that it was a great success, and we’re quite looking forward to whenever and wherever the next one may be. Once again plaudits to ‘The Mad Hatter’ he did us proud, and thanks to Julian Bones the landlord of The Old Court Hotel for all his help and everybody else who voted for us.

Howling ‘Laud’ Hope
Party Leader.





 Name of
(if any)
Number of
COURTS, Robert Alexander The Conservative Party Candidate 17313
LEFFMAN, Elizabeth Pendrill Raphael Liberal Democrat 11611
ENRIGHT, Duncan Shaw Thomas Labour Party 5765
SANDERS, Larry Green Party 1363
BIRD, Kendrick Simon George commonly known as BIRD, Dickie UKIP 1354
SALISBURY, Helen Rachel National Health Action Party 433
SKIDMORE, Daniel James Independent 151
DE VOIL, Alasdair Iain commonly known as HATTER, Mad The Official Monster Raving Loony Party 129
WARD, Charles John Nicholas commonly known as WARD, Nicholas Independent 93
BISHOP, David Laurence Bus-Pass Elvis Party 61
JUG, Lord Toby The Eccentric Party of Great Britain 59
MCKENZIE, Winston Truman English Democrats – “Putting England First!” 52
ARNO, Emilia Rose One Love Party 44
KNIGHT, Adam Digby Independent 27