Calder Valley (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 53°42′18″N 1°56′13″W / 53.705°N 1.937°W / 53.705; -1.937

Calder Valley
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Calder Valley in West Yorkshire.
Outline map
Location of West Yorkshire within England.
County West Yorkshire
Electorate 76,041 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Hebden Bridge, Sowerby Bridge, Todmorden, Mytholmroyd, Brighouse, Rishworth, Rastrick, Elland
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of Parliament Craig Whittaker (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Sowerby
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency Yorkshire and the Humber

Calder Valley is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Craig Whittaker of the Conservative Party.[n 1]

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency covers most of the upland metropolitan district of Calderdale in West Yorkshire including the town of Todmorden which was formerly split in half between Lancashire and Yorkshire. The wards of Calderdale that are part of the constituency are:

History[edit]

The constituency was created in 1983, primarily from the former seat of Sowerby. Historically a bellwether seat between Labour and the Conservatives, the seat is now the closest three-way marginal in the north of England, with less than 1,000 votes between the Labour and Liberal Democrat Candidates at the 2010 general election in terms of 2nd and 3rd place, although with a significant Conservative majority for 1st place..

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1983 Sir Donald Thompson Conservative
1997 Christine McCafferty Labour
2010 Craig Whittaker Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Calder Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Josh Fenton Glynn[3]
Liberal Democrat Alisdair Calder McGregor[4]
General Election 2010: Calder Valley[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Craig Whittaker 20,397 39.4 +3.6
Labour Steph Booth 13,966 27.0 −11.5
Liberal Democrat Hilary Myers 13,037 25.2 +6.3
BNP John Gregory 1,823 3.5 −0.4
UKIP Greg Burrows 1,173 2.3 +2.3
Green Kate Sweeny 858 1.7 −1.2
Independent Tim Cole 194 0.4 +0.4
Independent Barry Greenwood 175 0.3 +0.3
English Democrats Paul Rogan 157 0.3 +0.3
Majority 6,431 12.4
Turnout 51,780 67.3 +1.3
Conservative gain from Labour Swing 7.6

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Calder Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Christine McCafferty 18,426 38.6 −4.1
Conservative Liz Truss 17,059 35.7 −0.5
Liberal Democrat Liz Ingleton 9,027 18.9 +2.9
BNP John Gregory 1,887 4.0 +4.0
Green Paul Palmer 1,371 2.9 +0.7
Majority 1,367 2.9 −3.6
Turnout 47,770 67.0 +4.0
Labour hold Swing −1.8
General Election 2001: Calder Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Christine McCafferty 20,244 42.7 −3.4
Conservative Sue Robson-Catling 17,150 36.2 +1.1
Liberal Democrat Michael Taylor 7,596 16.0 +1.3
Green Steven Hutton 1,034 2.2 +1.3
UKIP John Nunn 729 1.5 N/A
Legalise Cannabis Philip Lockwood 672 1.4 N/A
Majority 3,094 6.5
Turnout 47,425 63.0 −12.4
Labour hold Swing −2.3

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Calder Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Christine McCafferty 26,050 46.10 +8.7
Conservative Sir Donald Thompson 19,795 35.10 −10.3
Liberal Democrat Stephen J. Pearson 8,322 14.7 −1.4
Referendum Party Anthony Mellor 1,380 2.4 N/A
Green Ms. Vivienne P. Smith 488 0.9 −0.1
BNP Christian Jackson 431 0.80 N/A
Majority 6,255 11.0
Turnout 47,425 75.4 −6.7
Labour gain from Conservative Swing + 9.5
General Election 1992: Calder Valley[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Donald Thompson 27,753 45.4 +1.9
Labour David Chaytor 22,875 37.4 +4.1
Liberal Democrat Stephen J. Pearson 9,842 16.1 −7.0
Green Ms. Vivienne P. Smith 622 1.0 +1.0
Majority 4,878 8.0 −2.2
Turnout 61,092 82.1 +1.0
Conservative hold Swing −1.1

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Calder Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Donald Thompson 25,892 43.5 −0.2
Labour David Chaytor 19,847 33.4 +6.4
Liberal David Shutt 9,842 23.1 −6.3
Majority 6,045 10.1
Turnout 59,946 81.1
Conservative hold Swing −3.3
General Election 1983: Calder Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Donald Thompson 24,439 43.7 N/A
Liberal David Shutt 16,440 29.4 N/A
Labour A. Holmes 15,108 27.0 N/A
Majority 7,999 14.3 N/A
Turnout 55,987 78.5 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

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Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ 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.
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