Huddersfield West (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 53°38′46″N 1°48′11″W / 53.646°N 1.803°W / 53.646; -1.803

Huddersfield West
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
19501983
Number of members one
Replaced by Huddersfield and Colne Valley[1]

Huddersfield West was a parliamentary constituency centred on the town of Huddersfield in West Yorkshire. It returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

The constituency was created for the 1950 general election, and abolished for the 1983 general election.

It was a much more marginal seat than its neighbour, Huddersfield East, which was safe Labour.

Boundaries[edit]

The County Borough of Huddersfield wards of Birkby, Crosland Moor, Lindley, Lockwood, Longwood, Marsh, Milnsbridge, and Paddock.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1950 Donald Wade Liberal
1964 Ken Lomas Labour
1979 Geoffrey Dickens Conservative
1983 constituency abolished: see Huddersfield

When this seat was abolished in 1983, Dickens was elected MP for the new seat of Littleborough and Saddleworth, which he held until he died in 1995. The area which this seat covered is now held by Labour.

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1950: Huddersfield West
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Donald Wade 24,456 58.2 N/A
Labour Harold William Bolt 17,542 41.8 N/A
Majority 6,914 16.5 N/A
Turnout 86.9 N/A
Liberal win
General Election 1951: Huddersfield West
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Donald Wade 24,054 58.5
Labour Harold William Bolt 17,066 41.5
Majority 6,988 17.0
Turnout 85.9 -1.0
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1955: Huddersfield West
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Donald Wade 24,345 55.1
Labour John Frederick Drabble 16,418 44.9
Majority 7,927 19.4
Turnout 79.3
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1959: Huddersfield West
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Donald Wade 25,273 61.8
Labour James Marsden 15,621 38.2
Majority 9,652 23.6
Turnout 79.7
Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1964: Huddersfield West
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Kenneth Lomas 14,808 35.8
Liberal Donald Wade 13,528 32.7
Conservative John Addey 13,054 31.5
Majority 1,280 3.1
Turnout 81.6
Labour gain from Liberal Swing
General Election 1966: Huddersfield West[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Kenneth Lomas 17,990 43.9 +8.1
Conservative Marcus Fox 13,514 33.0 +1.5
Liberal Ruslyn Hargreaves 9,470 23.1 -9.6
Majority 4,476 10.9 +7.8
Turnout 82.3 +0.7
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1970: Huddersfield West[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Kenneth Lomas 16,866 41.0 -2.9
Conservative Richard Storey 16,673 40.6 +7.6
Liberal William Wallace 6,128 14.9 -8.2
National Front Ronald Scott 1,427 3.5 N/A
Majority 193 0.5 -10.4
Turnout 77.3 -0.5
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Huddersfield West[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Kenneth Lomas 17,434 39.6 +1.4
Conservative John Stansfield 16,804 38.2 -2.4
Liberal Kathleen Hasler 9,790 22.2 +7.3
Majority 630 1.4 +0.9
Turnout 82.9 +5.6
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Huddersfield West[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Kenneth Lomas 16,882 41.4 +1.8
Conservative John Stansfield 15,518 38.0 -0.2
Liberal Kathleen Hasler 7,503 18.4 -3.8
National Front D. Ford 760 1.9 N/A
More Prosperous Britain Harold Smith 136 0.3 N/A
Majority 1,364 3.3 +2.9
Turnout 76.3 -5.6
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1979: Huddersfield West[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Geoffrey Dickens 18,504 44.2 +6.2
Labour Richard Faulkner 16,996 40.6 -0.8
Liberal Kathleen Hasler 6,225 14.9 -3.5
More Prosperous Britain Tom Keen 101 0.2 -0.1
Majority 1,508 3.6 +0.3
Turnout 76.0 -0.3
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Huddersfield West', Feb 1974 - May 1983". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1966. Politics Resources. Retrieved 10 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1970. Politics Resources. Retrieved 10 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "Politics Resources". Election February 1974. Politics Resources. Retrieved 10 January 2011. 
  5. ^ "Politics Resources". Election October 1974. Politics Resources. Retrieved 10 January 2011. 
  6. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1979. Politics Resources. Retrieved 10 January 2011.