Calder Valley (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
|Population||102,961 (2011 census)|
|Electorate||77,504 (December 2019)|
|Major settlements||Hebden Bridge, Todmorden, Brighouse|
|Member of Parliament||Craig Whittaker (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
Brighouse and Spenborough
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.
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
|1983||Sir Donald Thompson||Conservative|
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrats||Javed Bashir||2,884||4.9||+1.5|
|Liberal Democrats||Janet Battye||1,952||3.4||−1.6|
|Liberal Democrats||Alisdair McGregor||2,666||5.0||−20.2|
|Yorkshire First||Rod Sutcliffe||389||0.7||New|
|World Peace Through Song||Joe Stead||165||0.3||New|
|Liberal Democrats||Hilary Myers||13,037||25.2||+6.3|
|English Democrat||Paul Rogan||157||0.3||New|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+7.6|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrats||Liz Ingleton||9,027||18.9||+2.9|
|Liberal Democrats||Michael Taylor||7,596||16.0||+1.3|
|Legalise Cannabis||Philip Lockwood||672||1.4||New|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrats||Stephen Pearson||8,322||14.7||−1.4|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+9.5|
|Liberal Democrats||Stephen Pearson||9,842||16.1||−7.0|
Elections in the 1980s
|Conservative win (new seat)|
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