The Liberal Democrats took a council seat in a leafy part of the Cotswolds home to David Cameron and Jeremy Clarkson in the local elections. 

Sir Ed Davey’s party took the Chadlington and Churchill ward in West Oxfordshire District Council from the Conservatives.

The area north of Oxford and close to Chipping Norton contains the family home of the Foreign Secretary and former prime minister, and Clarkson’s Farm, which features in his hit Amazon TV series.

It was an early scalp in local elections in which the Lib Dems are seeking to make some gains in Tory Blue Wall heartlands. 

A Lib Dem source said: ‘Cameron lives in that ward meaning he now has a local Lib Dem councillor. It is also home to Jeremy Clarkson’s farmThis is just one of many Blue Wall gains we are expecting throughout the day.’

However, early in voting the party was struggling to make headway elsewhere. It is currently in control of five councils where elections were taking place, no change on the situation before the vote.

This afternoon the party aid it had pushed the Tories into third place in terms of gains, with 150 Lib Dem councillors elected compared to 144 for the Conservatives.

But in two early counts for police and crime commissioners in Lincolnshire and Avon and Somerset the party finished behind the Greens and Reform respectively. 

The area north of Oxford and close to Chipping Norton contains the family home of the Foreign Secretary and former prime minister, and Clarkson's Farm, which features in his hit Amazon TV series.

The area north of Oxford and close to Chipping Norton contains the family home of the Foreign Secretary and former prime minister, and Clarkson's Farm, which features in his hit Amazon TV series.

The area north of Oxford and close to Chipping Norton contains the family home of the Foreign Secretary and former prime minister, and Clarkson’s Farm, which features in his hit Amazon TV series.

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Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey claimed lifelong Tories had been switching to his party.

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey claimed lifelong Tories had been switching to his party.

The Liberal Democrats retained control of Winchester, after winning eight of the first 10 seats to be declared. 

Portsmouth remains under no overall control, with the Liberal Democrats still the biggest party.  

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey last night claimed lifelong Tories had been switching to his party.

‘The message across the country today was loud and clear. Voters want an end to this appalling Conservative government,’ he said.

‘People are sick of the Conservative party’s endless infighting, unaffordable mortgages, an NHS in freefall and filthy sewage being pumped into their rivers and seas.

‘They want change and they want to see the end of Rishi Sunak’s Conservative party in office.

‘That is why, up and down the country, so many lifelong Conservative voters backed the Liberal Democrats today, because they know Liberal Democrat councillors will never take them for granted and fight for the issues they care about.’

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