Ian Middleton

Greens in Oxfordshire have now confirmed local councillor Ian Middleton as their prospective parliamentary candidate for the new constituency of Bicester and Woodstock which also includes Kidlington and surrounding villages.

Middleton was elected as Cherwell District Council’s first ever Green Party councillor in 2019 and was subsequently elected to the County Council in 2021 where he is deputy leader of the Green/Lib Dem Alliance.

He also leads the Green groups on both the County Council and Cherwell District Council and is a parish councillor for Kidlington, Gosford & Water Eaton and Yarnton.

Middleton has lived in Yarnton for 30 years and has been a member of the Green Party since 2012. He stood three times for the Greens as a general election candidate in the Banbury constituency in 2015, 2017 and 2019.

Following his selection, Middleton said: “It’s a wonderful honour to have been selected to represent the Green Party in this brand new constituency.  As resident of Yarnton for over 30 years and a long standing campaigner and councillor on local issues, I’m really looking forward to standing as a candidate for this new constituency. Having stood for Parliament 3 times before, it will be great to finally be able to stand in my home constituency in the hope that I can represent this area in Westminster.

“There are so many important local issues across the constituency, some of which can only be addressed by Westminster. I will do my best to  justify the faith that local party members have placed in me to fight for the interests of residents locally, nationally and globally.

“After 14 years of incompetence, indifference and self-interest from the Conservatives, this country is in dire need of the kind of community focused and future facing polices that only the Green Party is offering. We also need to protect the interests of future generations by revitalising the fight against climate change that both the Conservatives and Labour have side-lined with broken promises and half-hearted commitments. It’s now clear that if you want a Green future you have to vote Green!

“I look forward to hearing from as many people as possible in the Bicester and Woodstock Constituency about their hopes and priorities for the next government”.

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