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
CountyWest Yorkshire
Population102,961 (2011 census)[1]
Electorate76,041 (December 2010)[2]
Major settlementsHebden Bridge, Sowerby Bridge, Todmorden, Mytholmroyd, Brighouse, Rishworth, Rastrick, Elland
Current constituency
Created1983
Member of ParliamentCraig Whittaker (Conservative)
Number of membersOne
Created fromSowerby
Brighouse and Spenborough
Halifax[3]

Calder Valley is a parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom, represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Craig Whittaker, a Conservative.[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.

Since the constituency's creation in 1983 it has comprised the Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale wards of Brighouse, Calder Valley, Elland, Greetland and Stainland, Hipperholme and Lightcliffe, Luddendenfoot, Rastrick, Ryburn, and Todmorden.

History[edit]

The constituency was created in 1983, primarily from the former seat of Sowerby as well as parts of Brighouse and Spenborough. Historically a bellwether seat between Labour and the Conservatives, at the 2010 general election the seat became the closest three-way marginal in the north of England, with less than 1,000 votes between the Labour candidate in second place and the Liberal Democrat candidate in third, although with a significant Conservative majority. The seat's three-way marginal status did not last; the Labour vote increased significantly in both 2015 and 2017 while the Liberal Democrat vote collapsed dramatically over the same period. Despite this the Conservatives retained the seat in both elections, in line with national trends, and as a result the seat has maintained its bellwether status.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[4][5] Party
1983 Sir Donald Thompson Conservative
1997 Christine McCafferty Labour
2010 Craig Whittaker Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General election 2019: Calder Valley[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Craig Whittaker 29,981 51.9 +5.7
Labour Josh Fenton-Glynn 24,207 41.9 -3.2
Liberal Democrats Javed Bashir 2,884 5.0 +1.6
Liberal Richard Phillips 721 1.2 N/A
Majority 5,774 10.0 +9.0
Turnout 57,793 72.9 -0.6
Conservative hold Swing +4.5
General election 2017: Calder Valley[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Craig Whittaker 26,790 46.1 +2.5
Labour Josh Fenton-Glynn 26,181 45.1 +9.7
Liberal Democrats Janet Battye 1,952 3.4 −1.6
UKIP Paul Rogan 1,466 2.6 −8.6
Independent Robert Holden 1,034 1.8 +1.8
Green Kieran Turner 631 1.1 -2.8
Majority 609 1.0 −7.3
Turnout 58,054 73.4 +4.5
Conservative hold Swing −3.6
General election 2015: Calder Valley[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Craig Whittaker 23,354 43.6 +4.2
Labour Josh Fenton-Glynn 18,927 35.4 +8.4
UKIP Paul Rogan 5,950 11.1 +8.8
Liberal Democrats Alisdair McGregor 2,666 5.0 −20.2
Green Jenny Shepherd 2,090 3.9 +2.2
Yorkshire First Rod Sutcliffe 389 0.7 +0.7
World Peace Through Song Joe Stead 165 0.3 +0.3
Majority 4,427 8.2 −4.0
Turnout 53,541 68.9 +1.6
Conservative hold Swing -2.1
General election 2010: Calder Valley[10][11][12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Craig Whittaker 20,397 39.4 +3.6
Labour Steph Booth 13,966 27.0 −11.5
Liberal Democrats Hilary Myers 13,037 25.2 +6.3
BNP John Gregory 1,823 3.5 −0.4
UKIP Greg Burrows 1,173 2.3 N/A
Green Kate Sweeny 858 1.7 −1.2
Independent Tim Cole 194 0.4 N/A
Independent Barry Greenwood 175 0.3 N/A
English Democrat Paul Rogan 157 0.3 N/A
Majority 6,431 12.4 N/A
Turnout 51,780 67.3 +1.3
Conservative gain from Labour Swing 7.6

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General election 2005: Calder Valley[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Christine McCafferty 18,426 38.6 −4.1
Conservative Liz Truss 17,059 35.7 −0.5
Liberal Democrats Liz Ingleton 9,027 18.9 +2.9
BNP John Gregory 1,887 4.0 N/A
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[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Christine McCafferty 20,244 42.7 −3.4
Conservative Susan Robson-Catling 17,150 36.2 +1.1
Liberal Democrats 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 -4.5
Turnout 47,425 63.0 −12.4
Labour hold Swing −2.3

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General election 1997: Calder Valley[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Christine McCafferty 26,050 46.1 +8.7
Conservative Donald Thompson 19,795 35.1 −10.3
Liberal Democrats Stephen Pearson 8,322 14.7 −1.4
Referendum Anthony Mellor 1,380 2.4 N/A
Green Vivienne Smith 488 0.9 −0.1
BNP Christian Jackson 431 0.8 N/A
Majority 6,255 11.0 N/A
Turnout 56,466 75.4 −6.7
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +9.5
General election 1992: Calder Valley[16][17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Donald Thompson 27,753 45.4 +1.9
Labour David Chaytor 22,875 37.4 +4.1
Liberal Democrats Stephen Pearson 9,842 16.1 −7.0
Green Vivienne 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[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Donald Thompson 25,892 43.5 −0.2
Labour David Chaytor 19,847 33.4 +6.4
Liberal David Shutt 13,761 23.1 −6.3
Majority 6,045 10.1 -4.2
Turnout 59,500 81.1 +2.6
Conservative hold Swing −3.3
General election 1983: Calder Valley[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Donald Thompson 24,439 43.7 N/A
Liberal David Shutt 16,440 29.4 N/A
Labour Patricia 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)

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Calder Valley: Usual Resident Population, 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Archived from the original on 6 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  3. ^ "'Calder Valley', June 1983 up to May 1997". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Calder Valley 1983-". Hansard 1803-2005. UK Parliament. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  5. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 1)
  6. ^ "Calder Valley parliamentary constituency - Election 2017". BBC News. Retrieved 19 November 2019.
  7. ^ "Calder Valley parliamentary constituency". BBC News.
  8. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  9. ^ "Calder Valley". BBC News. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  10. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 May 2010. Retrieved 5 May 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "UK > England > Yorkshire & the Humber > Calder Valley". Election 2010. BBC News. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2010.
  13. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  14. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  15. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  16. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  17. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
  18. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  19. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
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