North Oxfordshire Conservative Association (NOCA) covers the Parliamentary constituency of 'Banbury': Banbury, Bicester and rural villages in North Oxfordshire from Hook Norton to Deddington, Stratton Audley and Finmere.
Our primary aim is to further the Conservative cause in North Oxfordshire, working to secure the election of our MP, Conservative County Councillors, District Councillors plus Town Councillors in Bicester and Banbury, our largest localities. We also promote the great work of our local members’ during ‘peacetime’ and help them to connect with you, their constituents.
As well as championing Conservative values and politics locally, we also promote Party membership while supporting our own active membership base. We have a great membership community, made up of all ages, for whom we organise a varied programme of social and political events. We are always delighted to welcome new members - head to our join page to find out how you can 'sign up' too.
The Banbury Constituency was created in 1554. Currently represented by Victoria Prentis MP, previous representatives include Lord North, British Prime Minister during the American War of Independence. Banbury has been represented by a Conservative Member of Parliament since 1922.
Traditionally Banbury was the constituency’s principal settlement. Famous for the ‘fine lady upon a White horse with rings on her fingers and bells on her toes’ at the iconic cross, the town also saw major conflict in the English Civil War with the battle of Edgehill taking place just on the Warwickshire border.
In recent years Banbury constituency has become a thriving business hub using its excellent transportation links with Birmingham, Oxford and London to attract world-leading business groups including Kraft Jacobs Suchard, Prodrive, British Airways and Bakels Baker all of whom have commercial bases within the area. Banbury is also a diverse tourist district combining a rich history with the modern day: a walk along the historical canal lanes and a Banbury cake for lunch followed by a spot of afternoon shopping at the world-renowned Bicester Village.
Banbury and Bicester are both expanding towns. Surrounded by beautiful Oxfordshire Villages including Deddington, Hook Norton - complete with celebrated brewery -, Fringford; inspiration for Lark Rise to Candleford and Cropredy, home of the Annual Cropredy Convention, it’s a unique constituency right in the heart of England.
The day to day management of North Oxfordshire Conservative Association is overseen by the Officer Committee and Agent. The Officer committee 2018-19 are:
President: Mrs Barbara Cunningham
Chairman: Cllr John Colegrave
Vice Chairman: Cllr Lynn Pratt
Treasurer: Cllr Hugo Brown
Deputy Chairman Political: Cllr Ian Corkin
Deputy Chairman Membership and Fundraising: Cllr Arash Fatemian
Agent: Miss Alana Powell