Thursday, 16 September 2021

Former councillor dies

A FORMER member of Woodcote Parish Council has died.

A FORMER member of Woodcote Parish Council has died.

Christopher Quinton passed away peacefully on Wednesday last week after a long battle with cancer.

He represented the village where he lived during two terms on South Oxfordshire District Council from 2003 to 2007 and 2011 to 2015. He did not stand for re-election in May.

Mr Quinton lost his seat at the 2007 election to Liberal Democrat Robin Peirce, whom he later sued unsuccessfully for malicious falsehood and for using misleading campaign literature.

He owned an innovation investment company, Quincom, and was involved in the management of the village hall, Woodcote Volunteers, the Goring and Woodcote Medical Practice‘s patient participation group and the neighbourhood planning steering group as well as helping to organise Woodcote‘s celebrations of the Queen‘s diamond jubilee.



In 2012, Mr Quinton defected from the Conservatives to the UK Independence Party in protest at the proposed legalisation of gay marriage.

At the time, he said: “It‘s nothing to do with being homophobic, it‘s the legalisation of gay marriage that I have a problem with. We‘re heading to a secular Britain and that is against my principles.“

He stressed that he was disillusioned with the Conservative Party as a whole rather than the Tory-led district council.

Mr Quinton‘s funeral was held at the Christ the King Catholic Church in Woodcote on Tuesday.

• A full obituary will be published in next week’s Henley Standard.

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