Keighley (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 53°53′46″N 1°50′17″W / 53.896°N 1.838°W / 53.896; -1.838

Keighley
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Keighley in West Yorkshire.
Outline map
Location of West Yorkshire within England.
County West Yorkshire
Electorate 66,967 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Keighley, Ilkley
Current constituency
Created 1885
Member of Parliament Kris Hopkins (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Northern West Riding of Yorkshire
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency Yorkshire and the Humber

Keighley Listeni/ˈkθli/ is a constituency in West Yorkshire[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament[n 2] since 2010 by Kris Hopkins of the Conservative Party.

Boundaries[edit]

Unlike most constituencies, Keighley was unaffected by the constituency changes in the general election in 2010. Keighley comprises six wards which are Craven, Ilkley, Keighley Central, Keighley East, Keighley West and Worth Valley.

Constituency profile[edit]

This constituency covers the town and outskirts of Keighley in West Yorkshire. It comprises the Labour area of Keighley itself, the Conservative spa town of Ilkley, and the rural areas of Craven and Worth Valley which are also Tory. The seat has a large minority with Asian heritage.[2]

In 2005 The Guardian described it as:

'Semi-rural West Yorkshire, with a large ethnic minority community. The seat includes the Brontës' parsonage.'

[citation needed]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Since the 1950s, Keighley has been a marginal seat between Labour and the Conservatives. The MP from 1997 was Labour's Ann Cryer, widow of Bob Cryer who was MP for the same seat from 1974-1983 (and then for Bradford South, 1987–1994). She retired at the 2010 general election.

Election Member[3] Party
1885 Sir Isaac Holden, Bt Liberal
1895 Sir John Brigg Liberal
1911 by-election Stanley Buckmaster Liberal
1915 by-election Sir Swire Smith Liberal
1918 by-election William Somervell Liberal
1918 Sir Robert Clough Conservative
1922 Hastings Lees-Smith Labour
1923 Robert Pilkington Liberal
1924 Hastings Lees-Smith Labour
1931 George Harvie-Watt Conservative
1935 Hastings Lees-Smith Labour
1942 by-election Ivor Bulmer-Thomas Labour
1950 Charles Hobson Labour
1959 Marcus Worsley Conservative
1964 John Binns Labour
1970 Joan Hall Conservative
Feb 1974 Bob Cryer Labour
1983 Gary Waller Conservative
1997 Ann Cryer Labour
2010 Kris Hopkins Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Keighley[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Kris Hopkins 20,003 41.9 +7.7
Labour Jane Thomas 17,063 35.8 −9.0
Liberal Democrat Nader Fekri 7,059 14.8 +3.0
BNP Andrew Brons 1,962 4.1 −5.1
UKIP Paul Latham 1,470 3.1 N/A
National Front Steven Smith 135 0.3 N/A
Majority 2,940 6.2
Turnout 47,962 72.4 +3.2
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +8.3

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Keighley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ann Cryer 20,720 44.7 −3.5
Conservative Karl Poulsen 15,868 34.3 −4.7
Liberal Democrat Nader Fekri 5,484 11.8 +0.9
BNP Nick Griffin 4,240 9.2 N/A
Majority 4,852 10.5
Turnout 46,312 67.9 +4.5
Labour hold Swing +0.6
General Election 2001: Keighley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ann Cryer 20,888 48.2 −2.4
Conservative Simon Cooke 16,883 39.0 +2.2
Liberal Democrat Mike Doyle 4,722 10.9 +1.1
UKIP Michael Cassidy 840 1.9 N/A
Majority 4,005 9.2
Turnout 43,333 63.4 −13.2
Labour hold Swing −2.3

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Keighley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ann Cryer 26,039 50.6 +10.2
Conservative Gary Waller 18,907 36.7 −10.7
Liberal Democrat Mike Doyle 5,064 9.8 −0.8
Majority 7,132 13.8
Turnout 67,231 76.6
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +10.2
General Election 1992: Keighley[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gary Waller 25,983 47.4 +1.7
Labour Tommy B. Flanagan 22,387 40.8 +5.8
Liberal Democrat Ian N. Simpson 5,793 10.6 −8.7
Green Mike Crowson 642 1.2 +1.2
Majority 3,596 6.6 −4.2
Turnout 54,805 82.6 +3.2
Conservative hold Swing −2.1

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General election 1987: Keighley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gary Waller 23,903 45.76
Labour A. Rye 18,297 35.02
Liberal J.H Wells 10,041 19.22
Majority 5,606 10.73
Turnout 52,243 79.36
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Keighley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gary Waller 21,370 42.6
Labour Bob Cryer 18,596 37.0
Liberal J.H Wells 9,951 19.82
Ecology M. Penney 302 0.60
Majority 2,774 5.52
Turnout 50,216 78.86
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Keighley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Bob Cryer 19,698 44.95
Conservative G.Dawson 19,620 44.77
Liberal M.Holmstedt 4,062 9.27
National Front R.L Fairey 234 0.53
Ecology J. Wade 208 0.47
Majority 78 0.18
Turnout 43,819 80.51
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Keighley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Bob Cryer 19,569 45.58
Conservative Cyril Taylor 16,488 38.40
Liberal M.Holmstedt 5,839 13.60
National Front G.Wright 859 2.00
Independent C.W Deakin 179 0.42
Majority 3,081 7.18
Turnout 42,935 82.98
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Keighley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Bob Cryer 18,595 41.81
Conservative Joan Hall 17,717 39.83
Liberal W.K Whittaker 7,820 17.58
Independent John Binns 348 0.78
Majority 878 1.97
Turnout 44,480 86.79
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1970: Keighley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Joan Hall 20,957 50.75
Labour John Binns 20,341 49.25
Majority 616 1.49
Turnout 41,298 80.66
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Keighley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Binns 22,039 55.01
Conservative J.G Bellak 18,027 44.99
Majority 4,012 10.01
Turnout 40,066 83.46
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1964:Keighley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Binns 17,816 42.97
Conservative Marcus Worsley 15,115 36.46
Liberal W.E Jones 8,529 20.57
Majority 2,701 6.51
Turnout 30,874 61.32
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Keighley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Marcus Worsley 20,626 50.21
Labour Charles Hobson 20,456 49.79
Majority 170 0.41
Turnout 41,082 85.62
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
General Election 1955: Keighley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Charles Hobson 19,414 46.52
Conservative Marcus Worsley 16,011 38.36
Liberal Ashley Mitchell 6,310 15.12
Majority 3,403 8.15
Turnout 41,735 83.89
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1951: Keighley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Charles Hobson 23,743 52.72
Conservative K Hargreaves 21,295 47.28
Majority 2,448 5.44
Turnout 87.51
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1950: Keighley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Charles Hobson 21,833 48.47
Conservative K Hargreaves 16,252 36.08
Liberal John G Walker 6,962 15.45
Majority 5,581 12.39
Turnout 88.13
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945

Electorate 51,246

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ivor Thomas 22,222 52.7
Conservative Wing-Com. Henry Arthur Dalrymple-White 10,865 25.7
Liberal Norman Robson 9,116 21.6
Majority 11,357 26.9
Turnout 82.3
Labour hold Swing
Keighley by-election, 1942

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ivor Thomas unopposed n/a n/a
Labour hold Swing n/a

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;

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1935

Electorate 50,530

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Rt Hon. Hastings Bertrand Lees-Smith 20,124 50.5
Conservative George Steven Harvie-Watt 19,756 49.5
Majority 368 0.9
Turnout 39,880 78.9
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1931

Electorate 47,837

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative George Steven Harvie-Watt 19,079 46.2
Labour Rt Hon. Hastings Bertrand Lees-Smith 13,192 31.9
Liberal W J C Briggs 9,044 21.9
Majority 5,887 14.2
Turnout 41,315 83.9
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1929

Electorate 48,518

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Hastings Bertrand Lees-Smith 18,412 44.7
Liberal Cllr. David Rhodes 11,905 28.9
Unionist Arthur Smith 10,858 26.4
Majority 6,507
Turnout
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1924

Electorate 37,887

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Hastings Bertrand Lees-Smith 14,105
Unionist T P Perks 8,922 n/a
Liberal Thomas Artemus Jones 8,339
Majority 5,183
Turnout
Labour gain from Liberal Swing
Robert Pilkington
General Election 1923

Electorate 37,060

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Robert Rivington Pilkington 14,609
Labour Hastings Bertrand Lees-Smith 14,083
Majority 526
Turnout
Liberal gain from Labour Swing
General Election 1922

Electorate 37,005

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Hastings Bertrand Lees-Smith 13,978
Liberal William Anderton Brigg 9,262
Unionist Charles H Foulds 6,955
Majority
Turnout
Labour gain from Unionist Swing

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918

Electorate 34,934

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist 8,820
Liberal William Henry Somervell 7,709
Labour William Bland 6,324
Majority 1,111
Turnout
Unionist gain from Liberal Swing
  • denotes candidate who was endorsed by the Coalition Government.
Keighley by-election, 1918

Electorate 14,400

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal William Somervell 4,873 67.5 +28.8
Ind. Labour Party William Bland 2,349 32.5 +2.7
Majority 2,524 35.0 +27.8
Turnout 50.2 -36.3
Liberal hold Swing +13.0
Stanley Buckmaster
Keighley by-election, 1913

Electorate 14,142

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Sir Stanley Owen Buckmaster 4,730 38.7
Unionist Viscount Lascelles 3,852 31.5
Labour William Bland 3,646 29.8
Majority 878 7.2
Turnout 86.5
Liberal hold Swing
Keighley by-election, 1911

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Stanley Owen Buckmaster KC 4,667 39.0
Conservative William Mitchell Acworth 3,842 32.1
Labour William Crawford Anderson 3,452 28.9
Majority
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing

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

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