Bradford North (UK Parliament constituency)

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Bradford North
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Bradford North in West Yorkshire for the 2005 general election.
Outline map
Location of West Yorkshire within England.
County 1918–1974: West Riding of Yorkshire
1974–2010: West Yorkshire
Major settlements Bradford
19182010
Number of members One
Replaced by Bradford East
Created from Bradford East

Bradford North was a borough constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Until it was abolished for the 2010 general election, it elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.

Boundaries[edit]

This constituency covered the northern part of Bradford.

The boundaries of the constituency before it was replaced by Bradford East were based on the electoral wards of Bolton, Bowling, Bradford Moor, Idle, Eccleshill & Undercliffe before the local government boundary changes which took effect in 2004.

Following the review of parliamentary representation in West Yorkshire by the Boundary Commission for England, Bradford was significantly altered, and the resulting constituency was renamed as Bradford East, with effect from the 2010 general election.

Members of Parliament[edit]

  Election Member[1] Party
1918 Archibald Boyd Boyd-Carpenter Conservative
1923 Walter Russell Rea Liberal
1924 Eugene Ramsden Conservative
1929 Norman Angell Labour
1931 Eugene Ramsden Conservative
1945 Muriel Nichol Labour
1950 William Taylor Conservative and National Liberal
1964 Ben Ford Labour
1983 Geoffrey Lawler Conservative
1987 Pat Wall Labour
1990 by-election Terry Rooney Labour
2010 Constituency abolished, see: Bradford East

Elections[edit]

Following the UK general election, 2005, this constituency is replaced by Bradford East for the 2010 general election

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Bradford North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Terry Rooney 14,622 42.5 −7.2
Liberal Democrat David Ward 11,111 32.3 +12.5
Conservative Teck Khong 5,569 16.2 −7.9
BNP Lynda Cromie 2,061 6.0 +1.4
Green Steven Schofield 560 1.6 −0.1
Respect Umit Yildiz 474 1.4 N/A
Majority 3,511 10.2 −15.4
Turnout 34,397 53.3 0.6
Labour hold Swing −9.8
General Election 2001: Bradford North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Terry Rooney 17,419 49.7 −6.3
Conservative Zahid Iqbal 8,450 24.1 −1.5
Liberal Democrat David Ward 6,924 19.8 +5.3
BNP John Brayshaw 1,613 4.6 N/A
Green Steven Schofield 611 1.7 N/A
Majority 8,969 25.6 −4.9
Turnout 35,017 52.7 −10.6
Labour hold Swing −10.6

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Bradford North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Terry Rooney 23,493 56.1 +8.3
Conservative Rasjid Skinner 10,723 25.6 −6.6
Liberal Democrat Terry Browne 6,083 14.5 −4.2
Referendum Party Harry Wheatley 1,227 2.9 N/A
Monster Raving Loony Wild Willi Beckett 369 0.9 +0.3
Majority 12,770 30.5 +14.9
Turnout 41,895 63.3 −10.1
Labour hold Swing +14.9
General Election 1992: Bradford North[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Terry Rooney 23,420 47.8 −3.9
Conservative Mohammed Riaz 15,756 32.2 +15.4
Liberal Democrat David Ward 9,133 18.7 −6.6
Monster Raving Loony Wild Willi Beckett 369 0.9 +0.3
Islamic Party Mohamed H. Nasr 304 0.6 −1.6
Majority 7,664 15.6 −10.8
Turnout 48,963 73.4 +20.0
Labour hold Swing −10.8
Bradford North by-election, 1990
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Terry Rooney 18,619 51.7 +8.8
Liberal Democrat David Ward 9,105 25.3 +7.6
Conservative Joy Atkin 6,048 16.8 −22.7
Islamic Party David Pidcock 800 2.2
Green Michael Knott 447 1.2
National Front Robert Tenney 305 0.8
Independent Joseph Floyd 219 0.6
Monster Raving Loony Wild Willi Beckett 210 0.6
Liberal Noel Nowosielski 187 0.5
Independent Conservative Malcolm Wigglesworth 89 0.2
Majority 9,514 26.4
Turnout 36,029 53.4 -19.3
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Bradford North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Pat Wall 21,009 42.84 +11.98
Conservative Geoffrey Lawler 19,376 39.51 +5.23
Social Democrat A M Berkley 8,656 17.65 −7.83
Majority 1,633 3.33 6.74
Turnout 49041 72.73 +1.96
Labour gain from Conservative Swing 6.74
General Election 1983: Bradford North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Geoffrey Lawler 16,094 34.3
Labour Pat Wall 14,492 30.9
Social Democrat Peter Birkby 11,962 25.5
Independent Labour Ben Ford 4,018 8.56
Monster Raving Loony Arthur Howarth 194 0.4
BNP Michael Easter 193 0.4
Majority 1,602 3.41
Turnout 70.8
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Bradford North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ben Ford 25,069 50.94
Conservative N Hamilton 17,548 35.66
Liberal A Bagshawe 5,819 11.83
National Front Andrew Brons 614 1.25
Workers Revolutionary CE Smith 158 0.32
Majority 7,521 15.28
Turnout 71.81
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Bradford North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ben Ford 22,841 49.05
Conservative HP Thompson 14,252 30.60
Liberal AG Lishman 9,475 20.35
Majority 8,589 18.44
Turnout 70.41
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Bradford North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ben Ford 22,381 43.34
Conservative HP Thompson 15,764 30.52
Liberal G Lishman 13,115 25.39
Independent A Marriott 386 0.75
Majority 6,617 12.81
Turnout 78.84
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1970: Bradford North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ben Ford 20,141 52.11
Conservative WHP Laycock 18,511 47.89
Majority 1,630 4.22
Turnout 73.84
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Bradford North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ben Ford 21,727 55.35
Liberal National WHP Laycock 17,528 44.65
Majority 4,199 10.70
Turnout 77.71
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1964: Bradford North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ben Ford 17,905 43.61
Liberal National William Taylor 16,507 40.21
Liberal E Robinson 6,642 16.18
Majority 1,398 3.41
Turnout 80.40
Labour gain from Liberal National Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Bradford North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal National William Taylor 22,850 53.10
Labour J Marshall 20,179 46.90
Majority 2,671 6.21
Turnout 82.82
Liberal National hold Swing
General Election 1955: Bradford North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal National William Taylor 21,084 50.08
Labour M Webb 21,015 49.92
Majority 69 0.16
Turnout 81.79
Liberal National hold Swing
General Election 1951: Bradford North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal National William Taylor 24,524 54.29
Labour EJ Parris 20,647 45.71
Majority 3,877 8.58
Turnout 87.14
Liberal National hold Swing
General Election 1950: Bradford North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal National William Taylor 20,628 45.71
Labour Muriel Edith Wallhead-Nichol 18,517 41.03
Liberal J Kitching 5,985 13.26
Majority 2,111 4.68
Turnout 87.70
Liberal National gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945

Electorate 58,332

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Muriel Edith Wallhead-Nichol 20,268 43.6
Conservative John Andrews Benn 16,824 36.2
Liberal RW Town 9,337 20.1
Majority 3,444 7.4
Turnout 79.6
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +12.7

General Election 1939/40: Another General Election was required to take place before the end of 1940. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place from 1939 and by the end of this year, the following candidates had been selected; Conservative: Sir Eugene Ramsden, Labour: Muriel Wallhead-Nichol.

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1935

Electorate 55,166

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Eugene Joseph Squire Hargreaves Ramsden 21,150 53.0
Labour Muriel Edith Wallhead-Nichol 14,047 35.2
Independent Social Credit Reginald Kenney 4,684 11.7
Majority 7,103 17.8
Turnout 39,881 72.3
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1931

Electorate 52,864

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Eugene Joseph Squire Hargreaves Ramsden 31,537 71.8
Labour Philip Butler 12,401 28.2
Majority 19,136 43.5
Turnout 43,938 83.1
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1929

Electorate 51,573

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ralph Norman Angell 17,873 41.0
Unionist Eugene Joseph Squire Hargreaves Ramsden 15,413 35.4
Liberal Joseph Burton Hobman 10,290 23.6
Majority 2,460 5.5
Turnout 84.5
Labour gain from Unionist Swing
General Election 1924

Electorate 34,114

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Eugene Joseph Squire Hargreaves Ramsden 11,459 39.6 +6.3
Labour E F Wise 9,442 32.7 -0.0
Liberal Walter Russell Rea 8,007 27.7 -6.3
Majority 2,017 6.9
Turnout 84.7
Unionist gain from Liberal Swing
General Election 1923

Electorate 33,772

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Walter Russell Rea 9,365 34.0 +2.0
Unionist Archibald Boyd Boyd-Carpenter 9,192 33.3 -3.2
Labour Thomas Blythe 9,036 32.7 +1.2
Majority 173 0.7
Turnout 81.7
Liberal gain from Unionist Swing
General Election 1922

Electorate 33,508

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Archibald Boyd Boyd-Carpenter 10,260 36.5 -13.2
Liberal Walter Russell Rea 9,008 32.0 +10.9
Labour John Henry Palin 8,869 31.5 +2.3
Majority 1,252 4.5 -16.0
Turnout 84.0 +12.7
Unionist hold Swing

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918

Electorate 33,038

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist
  1. Maj. Archibald Boyd Boyd-Carpenter
11,042 49.7
Labour John Henry Palin 6,499 29.2
Liberal Everest Binns 4,688 21.1
Majority 4,543 20.5
Turnout 67.3
Unionist hold Swing

A # denotes candidate who was endorsed by the Coalition Government.

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Craig, F. W. S. (1983). British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3 ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.

Coordinates: 53°49′N 1°45′W / 53.817°N 1.750°W / 53.817; -1.750