Bradford South (UK Parliament constituency)

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Bradford South
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Bradford South in West Yorkshire.
Outline map
Location of West Yorkshire within England.
County West Yorkshire
Electorate 64,715 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Bradford
Current constituency
Created 1918
Member of Parliament Gerry Sutcliffe (Labour)
Number of members One
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency Yorkshire and the Humber

Bradford South is a constituency[n 1] of the city of Bradford, West Yorkshire represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1994 by Gerry Sutcliffe of the Labour Party.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

1983-2010: The City of Bradford wards of Great Horton, Odsal, Queensbury, Tong, Wibsey, and Wyke.

2010-present: The City of Bradford wards of Great Horton, Queensbury, Royds, Tong, Wibsey, and Wyke.

History[edit]

It was a Liberal-held seat from 1922-24 and 1931-1945s. Since the 1945 general election Bradford South has returned Labour Party MPs. A Conservative Party candidate came very close to gaining the seat in the 1980s.[citation needed]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1918 Francis Vernon Willey Coalition Conservative
1922 Herbert Harvey Spencer Liberal
1924 William Hirst Labour
1931 Herbert Holdsworth Liberal
1945 Meredith Titterington Labour
1949 by-election George Craddock Labour
1970 Tom Torney Labour
1987 Bob Cryer Labour
1994 by-election Gerry Sutcliffe Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Bradford South [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Judith Cummings
Conservative Tanya Graham [4]
UKIP James Smith [5]
General Election 2010: Bradford South[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Gerry Sutcliffe 15,682 41.3 -7.0
Conservative Matthew Palmer 11,060 29.1 +4.8
Liberal Democrat Alun Griffiths 6,948 18.3 +3.8
BNP Sharon Sutton 2,651 7.0 -0.8
UKIP Jamie Illingworth 1,339 3.5 +2.0
Democratic Nationalist Party James Lewthwaite 315 0.8 +0.8
Majority 4,622 12.2
Turnout 37,995 59.8 +6.3
Labour hold Swing -5.9%

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Bradford South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Gerry Sutcliffe 17,954 49.0 -6.8
Conservative Geraldine Carter 8,787 24.0 -4.3
Liberal Democrat Mike Doyle 5,334 14.6 +4.0
BNP James Lewthwaite 2,862 7.8 N/A
Green Derek Curtis 695 1.9 N/A
UKIP Jason Smith 552 1.5 -0.7
Veritas Therese Muchewicz 421 1.2 +1.2
Majority 9,167 25.0
Turnout 36,605 54.2 +2.9
Labour hold Swing -1.2%
General Election 2001: Bradford South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Gerry Sutcliffe 19,603 55.8 -0.9
Conservative Graham Stuart Gareth Tennyson 9,941 28.3 +0.3
Liberal Democrat Alexander Charles Edward Wilson-Fletcher 3,717 10.6 -0.7
UKIP Peter North 783 2.2 N/A
Socialist Labour Tony Kelly 571 1.6 N/A
Socialist Alliance Ateeq Siddique 302 0.9 N/A
Defend The Welfare State Against Blairism George Frank Riseborough 220 0.6 N/A
Majority 9,662 27.5
Turnout 35,137 51.3 -14.5
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Bradford South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Gerry Sutcliffe 25,558 56.7 +9.1
Conservative Mrs. Ann G. Hawkesworth 12,622 28.0 −10.4
Liberal Democrat Alexander Charles Edward Wilson-Fletcher 5,093 11.3 −2.4
Referendum Party Mrs. Marilyn Kershaw 1,785 4.0 N/A
Majority 12,936 28.7 +19.5
Turnout 45,058 65.9
Labour hold Swing
Bradford South by-election, 1994
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Gerry Sutcliffe 17,014 55.3 +7.7
Liberal Democrat Helen Wright 7,350 23.9 +10.2
Conservative R. Farley 5,475 17.8 −20.6
Monster Raving Loony David Sutch 727 2.4 N/A
Natural Law N. Laycock 197 0.6 N/A
Majority 9,664 31.4 +22.1
Turnout 30,763 44.1 −31.5
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1992: Bradford South[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Bob Cryer 25,185 47.6 +6.2
Conservative Andrew S. Popat 20,283 38.4 −2.4
Liberal Democrat Brian J. Boulton 7,243 13.7 −4.1
Islamic Party Mohammad Naseem 156 0.3 N/A
Majority 4,902 9.3 +8.7
Turnout 52,867 75.6 +2.0
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Bradford South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Bob Cryer 21,230 41.42
Conservative GT Hall 20,921 40.81
Social Democratic T Lindley 9,109 17.77
Majority 309 0.60
Turnout 73.66
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1983: Bradford South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tom Torney 18,542 37.52
Conservative GT Hall 18,432 37.29
Social Democratic DA Pearl 12,143 24.57
Ecology R Adset 308 0.62
Majority 110 0.22
Turnout 71.03
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Bradford South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Thomas William Torney 26,323 47.11
Conservative JK Hirst 22,005 39.38
Liberal R Taylor 7,127 12.75
National Front G Wright 422 0.76
Majority 4,318 7.73
Turnout 73.18
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Bradford South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Thomas William Torney 25,219 48.05
Conservative GC Littlewood 16,964 32.32
Liberal CJ Cawood 10,306 19.63
Majority 8,255 15.73
Turnout 71.64
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Bradford South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Thomas William Torney 25,875 44.76
Conservative PG Dwyer 18,222 31.52
Liberal Margaretta Holmstedt 12,961 22.42
Independent Powellite R Pearson 749 1.30
Majority 7,653 13.24
Turnout 79.68
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1970: Bradford South

Electorate 63,443

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Thomas William Torney 20,985 45.93
Conservative J Derek W Bottomley 19,009 41.61
Liberal George Dunkerley 5,694 12.46
Majority 1,976 4.32
Turnout 45,688 72.01
Labour hold Swing -6.3

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Bradford South

Electorate 57,456

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Craddock 22,932 52.53
Conservative J Derek W Bottomley 15,435 35.35
Liberal George Dunkerley 5,291 12.12
Majority 7,497 17.17
Turnout 43,658 75.99
Labour hold Swing +4.25
General Election 1964: Bradford South

Electorate 57,768

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Craddock 21,004 46.28
Liberal National J Derek W Bottomley 17,097 37.67
Liberal Allen Clegg 7,286 16.05
Majority 3,907 8.61
Turnout 45,387 78.57
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Bradford South

Electorate 57,018

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Craddock 21,172 45.85
Liberal National Reginald W. Winston-Jones 18,158 39.32
Liberal Hugh Womersley 6,850 14.83
Majority 3,014 6.53
Turnout 46,180 80.99
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1955: Bradford South

Electorate 53,849

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Craddock 20,478 47.32
Liberal National Reginald W. Winston-Jones 16,768 38.75
Liberal Arthur T Ellis 6,029 13.93
Majority 3,710 8.57
Turnout 43,275 80.36
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1951: Bradford South

Electorate 52,544

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Craddock 21,364 47.16
Liberal National Geoffrey F. Greenbank 17,863 39.43
Liberal Edward Rushworth 6,072 13.40
Majority 3,501 7.73
Turnout 86.21
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1950: Bradford South

Electorate 52,135

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Craddock 21,344 47.50
Liberal National John Lightfoot Windle 15,998 35.60
Liberal Edward Rushworth 7,594 16.90
Majority 5,346 11.90
Turnout 86.19
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

Bradford South by-election, 1949

Electorate 61,176

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Craddock 23,335 51.3 -1.2
Liberal National John Lightfoot Windle 19,313 42.4 +9.3
Independent Liberal Colin James Canning 2,882 6.3 n/a
Majority 4,022 8.9 -10.5
Turnout 45,530 74.4 -2.5
Labour hold Swing -5.3
General Election 1945; Bradford South

Electorate 60,472

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Meredith Farrer Titterington 24,394 52.5 +11.0
Liberal National Herbert Walker Peel 15,392 33.1 n/a
Liberal Charles Ewart Hindley 6,707 14.4 -44.1
Majority 9,002 19.4 +2.5
Turnout 46,493 76.9
Labour gain from Liberal Swing

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; Liberal National: Herbert Holdsworth, Labour: Meredith Titterington, Liberal: Charles Ewart Hindley.

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1935

Electorate 58,626

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Herbert Holdsworth 24,081 58.5
Labour William Hirst 17,121 41.5
Majority 6,960 16.9
Turnout 41,202 70.3
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1931

Electorate 57,301

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Herbert Holdsworth 31,531 66.4
Labour William Hirst 15,994 33.6
Majority 15,537 32.7
Turnout 47,525 82.61
Liberal gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1929

Electorate 57,301

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Hirst 23,251 48.9
Liberal Frederick Ogden 12,279 25.8
Unionist G W Ferrand 12,059 25.3
Majority 10,972 23.1
Turnout 83.0
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1924

Electorate 43,495

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Hirst 13,919 39.0 +4.1
Unionist George Gibson Mitcheson 11,586 32.4 +4.3
Liberal Herbert Harvey Spencer 10,237 28.6 -8.4
Majority 2,333 6.6
Turnout 82.2 +5.3
Labour gain from Liberal Swing
General Election 1923

Electorate 42,967

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Herbert Harvey Spencer 12,218 37.0 -1.0
Labour William Hirst 11,543 34.9 -0.4
Unionist George Gibson Mitcheson 9,270 28.1 +1.4
Majority 675 2.1
Turnout 76.9
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1922

Electorate 42,511

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Herbert Harvey Spencer 13,259 38.0 +13.4
Labour William Hirst 12,353 35.3 +4.4
Unionist Hon. Francis Vernon Willey 9,334 26.7 -17.8
Majority 906 2.7
Turnout 82.2 +17.4
Liberal gain from Unionist Swing

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918

Electorate 41,449

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist
  1. Francis Vernon Willey
11,983 44.5
Co-operative Party William Hirst 8,291 30.9
Liberal George Muff 6,613 24.6
Majority 3,658 13.6
Turnout 26,887 64.8
Unionist hold Swing

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

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A borough constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. ^ As with all constituencies, the constituency elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.
References

Coordinates: 53°46′N 1°46′W / 53.767°N 1.767°W / 53.767; -1.767