Colne Valley (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 53°37′12″N 1°51′40″W / 53.620°N 1.861°W / 53.620; -1.861

Colne Valley
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Colne Valley in West Yorkshire.
Outline map
Location of West Yorkshire within England.
County West Yorkshire
Electorate 80,791 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Holmfirth, Marsden, Slaithwaite
Current constituency
Created 1885
Member of Parliament Jason McCartney (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Southern West Riding of Yorkshire
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency Yorkshire and the Humber

Colne Valley is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Jason McCartney of the Conservative Party.[n 2]

Constituency profile[edit]

In the post-war period the seat had the distinction of being one of the few Labour/Liberal marginals, changing hands between the parties on several occasions. It is now considered a three-way marginal seat and has been held by each of the three major parties in the last 30 years.

Boundaries[edit]

1983-2010: The Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees wards of Colne Valley West, Crosland Moor, Golcar, Holme Valley North, Holme Valley South, and Lindley.

2010-present: The Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees wards of Colne Valley, Crosland Moor and Netherton, Golcar, Holme Valley North, Holme Valley South, and Lindley.

This semi-rural constituency covers the Colne Valley, Holme Valley, Meltham and the outskirts of the large town of Huddersfield in the district of Kirklees, West Yorkshire. The constituency comprises rural countryside broken up by the towns of Holmfirth and Meltham and the villages of Marsden, Slaithwaite, Honley, Brockholes, Linthwaite, New Mill and Golcar. The seat was once held by the Independent Labour MP Victor Grayson, who later disappeared in mysterious circumstances in 1920.

In 1981, the Boundary Commission's proposals combined much of the seat with a large portion of the Huddersfield West seat. Originally it was proposed to use the Huddersfield West name, but this was opposed at the public inquiry which argued that the Colne Valley name be preserved.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1885 Henry Beaumont Liberal
1886 Liberal Unionist
1892 Sir James Kitson Liberal
1907 by-election Victor Grayson Independent Labour
Jan 1910 Charles Leach Liberal
1916 by-election Frederick William Mallalieu Liberal
1922 Philip Snowden Labour
1931 National Labour
1931 Edward Lancelot Mallalieu Liberal
1935 Ernest Marklew Labour
1939 by-election William Glenvil Hall Labour
1963 by-election Patrick Duffy Labour
1966 Richard Wainwright Liberal
1970 David Clark Labour
Feb 1974 Richard Wainwright Liberal
1987 Graham Riddick Conservative
1997 Kali Mountford Labour
2010 Jason McCartney Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Colne Valley[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jason McCartney 20,440 37.0 +4.1
Liberal Democrat Nicola Turner 15,603 28.2 +3.7
Labour Debbie Abrahams 14,589 26.4 -9.0
BNP Barry Fowler 1,893 3.4 +0.6
UKIP Melanie Roberts 1,163 2.1 +2.1
Green Chas Ball 867 1.6 -1.2
TUSC Jackie Grunsell 741 1.3 +1.3
Majority 4,837 8.7 -6.5
Turnout 55,296 69.1 +3.8
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +6.6

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Colne Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kali Mountford 17,536 35.8 −4.6
Conservative Maggie Throup 16,035 32.8 +2.3
Liberal Democrat Elisabeth Wilson 11,822 24.2 −0.7
BNP Barry Fowler 1,430 2.9 N/A
Green Lesley Hedges 1,295 2.6 +0.3
Veritas Helen Martinek 543 1.1 N/A
Monster Raving Loony Ian Mumford 259 0.5 N/A
Majority 1,501 3.1
Turnout 48,920 66.0 +2.7
Labour hold Swing -3.4
General Election 2001: Colne Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kali Mountford 18,967 40.4 −0.9
Conservative Philip Davies 14,328 30.5 −2.2
Liberal Democrat Gordon Beever 11,694 24.9 +2.3
Green Richard Plunkett 1,081 2.3 +1.4
UKIP Arthur Quarmby 917 2.0 +1.1
Majority 4,639 9.9
Turnout 46,987 63.3 −13.6
Labour hold Swing +1.5

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Colne Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kali Mountford 23,285 41.3
Conservative Graham Riddick 18,445 32.7
Liberal Democrat Nigel J. Priestley 12,755 22.6
Socialist Labour Alan J. Brooke 759 1.3
Green Andy V. Cooper 493 0.9
UKIP J.D. Nunn 478 0.8
Monster Raving Loony Mrs Melody E. Staniforth 196 0.3
Majority 4,840
Turnout 76.9
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1992: Colne Valley[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Graham Riddick 24,804 42.0 +5.6
Labour John A. Harman 17,579 29.8 +0.7
Liberal Democrat Nigel J. Priestley 15,953 27.0 −6.4
Green Robin J.A. Stewart 443 0.8 −0.3
Monster Raving Loony Mrs Melody E. Staniforth 160 0.3 +0.3
Independent J.G. Hasty 73 0.1 +0.1
Natural Law J.P. Tattersall 44 0.1 +0.1
Majority 7,225 12.2 +9.3
Turnout 59,056 82.0 +1.9
Conservative hold Swing +2.5

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Colne Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Graham Riddick 20,457 36.4
Liberal Nigel Priestley 18,780 33.4
Labour John A. Harman 16,353 29.1
Green M. R. Mullany 614 1.1
Majority 1,677 3.0
Turnout 80.1
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing
General Election 1983: Colne Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Richard Wainwright 21,139 39.8
Conservative John Holt 17,993 33.9
Labour Arthur Williams 13,668 25.8
Independent Tom Keen 260 0.5
Majority 3,146 5.9
Turnout 76.2
Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Colne Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Richard Wainwright 20,151 38.4
Labour P. J. Hildrew 17,799 33.9
Conservative S. G. Kaye 14,450 27.5
More Prosperous Britain Tom Keen 101 0.2
Majority 2,352 4.5
Turnout 81.8
Liberal hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Colne Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Richard Wainwright 21,997 44.3
Labour David Clark 20,331 40.9
Conservative K. E. Davy 7,337 14.8
Majority 1,666 3.4
Turnout 81.7
Liberal hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Colne Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Richard Wainwright 20,984 40.3
Labour David Clark 20,265 38.9
Conservative K. E. Davy 10,864 20.9
Majority 719 1.4
Turnout 86.4
Liberal gain from Labour Swing
General Election 1970: Colne Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Clark 18,896 39.9
Liberal Richard Wainwright 18,040 38.1
Conservative K. E. Davy 10,417 22.0
Majority 856 1.6
Turnout 80.8
Labour gain from Liberal Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Colne Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Richard Wainwright 22,006 48.6
Labour Patrick Duffy 19,507 43.1
Conservative R. D. Hall 3,786 8.4
Majority 2,499 5.5
Turnout 86.2
Liberal gain from Labour Swing
General Election 1964: Colne Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Patrick Duffy 18,537 42.0
Liberal Richard Wainwright 18,350 41.6
Conservative A. C. Alexander 7,207 16.3
Majority 187 0.4
Turnout 84.8
Labour hold Swing
Colne Valley by-election, 1963
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Patrick Duffy 18,033
Liberal Richard Wainwright 15,994
Conservative A. C. Alexander 6,238
Independent A. Fox 266
Majority 2,039
Turnout
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Colne Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Glenvil Hall 19,284 44.3
Conservative C. J. Barr 13,030 29.9
Liberal Richard Wainwright 11,254 25.8 N/A
Majority 6,254 14.4
Turnout 84.2
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1955: Colne Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Glenvil Hall 23,108 54.2
Conservative S. Cheetham 19,512 45.8 N/A
Majority 3,956 8.4
Turnout 81.1
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1951: Colne Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Glenvil Hall 26,455 52.2
Liberal Violet Bonham-Carter 24,266 47.8
Majority 2,189 4.3
Turnout 87.1
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1950: Colne Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Glenvil Hall 24,910 49.4
Conservative E. E. Smith 15,826 31.4
Liberal Roy Francis Leslie 9,654 19.2
Majority 9,084 18.0
Turnout 86.5
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Colne Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Glenvil Hall 23,488 54.66
Conservative S. Smith 11,593 26.98
Liberal Guy Kepton Lawrence 7,890 18.36
Majority 11,895 27.68
Turnout 79.21
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

Colne Valley by-election, 1939
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William George Glenvil Hall 17,277 48.6 +6.3
Liberal Edward Lance Mallalieu 9,228 26.0 -4.6
Conservative Cecil Frederick Pike 9,012 25.4 -0.4
Majority 8,049
Turnout
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1935: Colne Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ernest Marklew 16,725 39.50
Liberal Lance Mallalieu 12,946 30.57
Conservative M.G. Crofton 10,917 25.78
Independent W.G. Bagnall 1,754 4.14
Majority 3,779 8.92
Turnout 75.96
Labour gain from Liberal Swing
General Election 1931: Colne Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Lance Mallalieu 17,119
Labour Ernest Marklew 13,734
Conservative Lt-Col E ff W Lascelles 12,581
National Labour M A E Franklin* 202
Majority 3,385
Turnout
Liberal gain from Labour Swing
  • Mallalieu offered to withdraw in Franklin's favour, if Lascelles would do the same; Conservative Central Office put pressure on the Colne Valley Conservative Association to agree. The outgoing MP Philip Snowden (who remained Chancellor of the Exchequer in the National Government) offered his support to Franklin on the assumption that the negotiations would succeed, but recognised that if the other candidates were not withdrawn then he thought Franklin would poll a contemptible vote; Snowden therefore said his support would be withdrawn if negotiations were unsuccessful. As it happened the local Conservatives were adamant that they would not withdraw, and therefore Snowden endorsed the Liberal candidate. In the circumstances Franklin withdrew his candidature, but as it was after the deadline for doing so, his name was still on the ballot paper.

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1929

Electorate 54,351

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Rt Hon. Philip Snowden 21,667
Unionist Robert B Carrow 12,532
Liberal Fred Brook 10,630
Majority 9,135
Turnout
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1924

Electorate 41,794

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Philip Snowden 14,215
Unionist Fred Thorpe 10,972
Liberal Ronald Fitzjohn Walker 7,651
Majority 3,243
Turnout
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1923

Electorate 41,212

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Philip Snowden 13,136
Unionist Thomas Brooke 11,215
Liberal Percy Holt Heffer 8,223
Majority 1,921
Turnout
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1922

Electorate 40,724

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Philip Snowden 12,614
Unionist Thomas Brooke 11,332
Liberal Frederick William Mallalieu 8,042 25.1
Majority
Turnout
Labour gain from Liberal Swing

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918

Electorate 39,085

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal
  1. Frederick William Mallalieu
13,541 58.8
Labour Wilfred Whiteley 9,473
Majority
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing

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

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

Colne Valley by-election, 1907[5]

Electorate 11,771

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Ind. Labour Party Albert Victor Grayson 3,648 35.2 n/a
Liberal Philip Bright 3,495 33.7 n/a
Conservative Granville Charles Hastings Wheler 3,227 31.1 n/a
Majority 153 1.5 n/a
Turnout 88.1 n/a
Ind. Labour Party gain from Liberal Swing n/a

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A county 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
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 5)[self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ "UK > England > Yorkshire & the Humber > Colne Valley". Election 2010. BBC. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
  5. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 FWS Craig