Batley and Spen (UK Parliament constituency)
|Batley and Spen|
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Batley and Spen in West Yorkshire
Location of West Yorkshire within England
|Population||107,899 (2011 census)|
|Electorate||80,110 (December 2019)|
|Major settlements||Batley, Cleckheaton, Birstall, Birkenshaw|
|Member of Parliament||Tracy Brabin (Labour)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Batley and Morley, Brighouse and Spenborough and Dewsbury|
The area is in the rolling Pennines of West Yorkshire with considerable commerce, industry, retail and occupational trades carried out by most of its residents and a sizeable retired population, compared to city centres. A lower percentage of social housing is present than the regional average, however most of the larger settlements have some social housing. The population in the district is diverse. Cleckheaton and many of the towns in the Spen Valley have few residents from non-white heritage backgrounds, while Batley has a sizeable number of residents with South Asian backgrounds, namely Pakistani (9.2%) and Indian (Gujarati) (15.9%). Heckmondwike also has a well-established South Asian community with 16.9% residents having Pakistani heritage.
The results of the last fifty years show marginal majorities for Labour and for the Conservatives.
1983–1997: The Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees wards of Batley East, Batley West, Birstall and Birkenshaw, Cleckheaton, Heckmondwike, and Spen.
1997–2010: The Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees wards of Batley East, Batley West, Birstall and Birkenshaw, Cleckheaton, and Spen.
2010–present: The Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees wards of Batley East, Batley West, Birstall and Birkenshaw, Cleckheaton, Heckmondwike, and Liversedge and Gomersal.
The constituency was created in 1983 from parts of the seats of Batley and Morley, Brighouse and Spenborough and Dewsbury. This West Yorkshire constituency covers Batley, Birkenshaw, Birstall, Cleckheaton, East Bierley, Gomersal, Hunsworth, and Liversedge. Traditionally Batley and Heckmondwike have been inclined to vote Labour, while the other settlements have been more inclined to vote Conservative. The exception is Cleckheaton which has returned Liberal Democrat members for the local council.
The seat swung in Labour's favour in the elections of 1997, 2001 and 2005 though the Conservatives reduced the Labour majority in 2010 with a swing below the national average.
The seat did not exist in its present form prior to 1983. It has seen significant boundary changes since its creation – most notably those changes that took effect for the 1997 general election.
The electoral ward of Heckmondwike (which includes part of Liversedge township) was considered part of the Spen Valley (although it was never included in the former Spenborough Urban district). Heckmondwike ward was for many years a Labour stronghold, but in the 2000s elected two BNP councillors. The BNP councillors were narrowly defeated by Labour in 2007 and 2008.
A by-election in 2016 occurred as a result of the murder of Jo Cox, the sitting MP. Cox died on 16 June 2016, after being shot and stabbed multiple times by a man associated with far-right organisations. The Conservative Party, Liberal Democrats, UK Independence Party and the Green Party all announced they would not contest the by-election as a mark of respect.
Members of Parliament
|2016 by-election||Tracy Brabin||Labour Co-op|
Elections in the 2010s
|Labour Co-op||Tracy Brabin||22,594||42.7||-12.8|
|Heavy Woollen District Independents||Paul Halloran||6,432||12.2||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||John Lawson||2,462||4.7||+2.4|
|Brexit Party||Clive Minihan||1,678||3.2||N/A|
|Labour Co-op hold||Swing||-5.0|
|Labour Co-op||Tracy Brabin||29,844||55.5||+12.3|
|Liberal Democrats||John Lawson||1,224||2.3||−2.4|
|Labour Co-op hold||Swing||+2.3[a]|
a. ^ Swing is calculated from the 2015 election, not the 2016 by-election which was not contested by major parties. Aleks Lukic's vote change is in comparison to the 2015 election, when he stood as a UKIP candidate.
|Labour Co-op||Tracy Brabin||17,506||85.8||+42.6|
|English Democrat||Therese Muchewicz||969||4.8||N/A|
|English Independence||Corbyn Anti||241||1.2||N/A|
|Liberty GB||Jack Buckby||220||1.0||N/A|
|Independent||Waqas Ali Khan||118||0.6||N/A|
|National Front||Richard Edmonds||87||0.4||N/A|
|One Love||Ankit Love||34||0.2||N/A|
|Labour Co-op hold||Swing||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||John Lawson||2,396||4.7||−11.1|
|Patriotic Socialist||Karl Varley||53||0.1||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||Neil Bentley||8,925||17.2||+1.8|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrats||Neil Bentley||5,731||14.6||+4.3|
|Liberal Democrats||Kathryn Pinnock||3,989||10.3||+1.5|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrats||Kathryn Pinnock||4,133||8.8||−1.7|
|Referendum||Ed O.C. Wood||1,691||3.6||N/A|
|BNP||Ron A. Smith||472||1.0||N/A|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+7.7|
|Labour||Eunice A. Durkin||26,221||43.1||+2.0|
|Liberal Democrats||Gordon J. Beever||6,380||10.5||−3.8|
Elections in the 1980s
|Moderate Labour||Allan Harrison||689||1.2||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- A borough constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
- 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.
- Conservatives, UKIP, Greens and Liberal Democrats declined to field a candidate out of respect for the previous holder of the post, Jo Cox, who was murdered in office
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