Colne Valley (UK Parliament constituency)


Colne Valley (UK Parliament constituency)

Coordinates: 53°37′12″N 1°51′40″W / 53.620°N 1.861°W / 53.620; -1.861

Colne Valley
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Colne Valley in West Yorkshire.
Outline map
Location of West Yorkshire within England.
County West Yorkshire
Electorate 80,791 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Holmfirth, Marsden, Slaithwaite
Current constituency
Created 1885 (1885)
Member of Parliament Jason McCartney (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Southern West Riding of Yorkshire
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency Yorkshire and the Humber

Colne Valley is a county constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election. In the post-war period the seat had the distinction of being one of the few Labour/Liberal marginals, changing hands between the parties on several occasions. It is now considered a three-way marginal and has been held by each of the three major parties in the last 30 years.

Contents

Boundaries

This semi-rural constituency covers the Colne Valley, Holme Valley, Meltham and the outskirts of the large town of Huddersfield in the district of Kirklees, West Yorkshire. The constituency briefly comprises the towns of Holmfirth and Meltham and the villages of Marsden, Slaithwaite, Honley, Brockholes, Linthwaite, New Mill, and Golcar. The seat was once held by the Independent Labour MP Victor Grayson, who later disappeared in mysterious circumstances in 1920.

In 1981, the Boundary Commission's proposals combined much of the seat with a large portion of the Huddersfield West seat. Originally it was proposed to use the Huddersfield West name, however this was opposed at the public inquiry which argued that the Colne Valley name be preserved.

In their most recent review in the 2000s, the Boundary Commission for England recommended minor changes to the existing Colne Valley constituency. At the 2010 election, the constituency was formed from the following electoral wards:

  • Colne Valley, Crosland Moor and Netherton, Golcar, Holme Valley North, Holme Valley South, and Lindley.

Members of Parliament

Election Member [2] Party
1885 Henry Beaumont Liberal
1892 Sir James Kitson Liberal
1907 by-election Victor Grayson Independent Labour
Jan 1910 Charles Leach Liberal
1916 by-election Frederick William Mallalieu Liberal
1922 Philip Snowden Labour
1931 National Labour
1931 Edward Lancelot Mallalieu Liberal
1935 Ernest Marklew Labour
1939 by-election William Glenvil Hall Labour
1963 by-election Patrick Duffy Labour
1966 Richard Wainwright Liberal
1970 David Clark Labour
Feb 1974 Richard Wainwright Liberal
1987 Graham Riddick Conservative
1997 Kali Mountford Labour
2010 Jason McCartney Conservative

Elections

Elections in the 2010s

General Election 2010: Colne Valley[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jason McCartney 20,440 37.0 +4.1
Liberal Democrat Nicola Turner 15,603 28.2 +3.7
Labour Debbie Abrahams 14,589 26.4 -9.0
BNP Barry Fowler 1,893 3.4 +0.6
UKIP Melanie Roberts 1,163 2.1 +2.1
Green Chas Ball 867 1.6 -1.2
Trade Unionist & Socialist Jackie Grunsell 741 1.3 +1.3
Majority 4,837 8.7 -6.5
Turnout 55,296 69.1 +3.8
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +6.6

Elections in the 2000s

General Election 2005: Colne Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kali Mountford 17,536 35.8 −4.6
Conservative Maggie Throup 16,035 32.8 +2.3
Liberal Democrat Elisabeth Wilson 11,822 24.2 −0.7
BNP Barry Fowler 1,430 2.9 N/A
Green Lesley Hedges 1,295 2.6 +0.3
Veritas Helen Martinek 543 1.1 N/A
Monster Raving Loony Ian Mumford 259 0.5 N/A
Majority 1,501 3.1
Turnout 48,920 66.0 +2.7
Labour hold Swing -3.4
General Election 2001: Colne Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kali Mountford 18,967 40.4 −0.9
Conservative Philip Davies 14,328 30.5 −2.2
Liberal Democrat Gordon Beever 11,694 24.9 +2.3
Green Richard Plunkett 1,081 2.3 +1.4
UKIP Arthur Quarmby 917 2.0 +1.1
Majority 4,639 9.9
Turnout 46,987 63.3 −13.6
Labour hold Swing +1.5

Elections in the 1990s

General Election 1997: Colne Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kali Mountford 23,285 41.3
Conservative Graham Riddick 18,445 32.7
Liberal Democrat Nigel Priestley 12,755 22.6
Socialist Labour A. Brooke 759 1.3
Green A. Cooper 493 0.9
UKIP J. Nunn 478 0.8
Monster Raving Loony Mrs Melody Staniforth 196 0.3
Majority 4,840
Turnout 76.9
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1992: Colne Valley[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Graham Riddick 24,804 42.0 +5.6
Labour JA Harman 17,579 29.8 +0.7
Liberal Democrat NJ Priestley 15,953 27.0 −6.4
Green RJA Stewart 443 0.8 −0.3
Monster Raving Loony Mrs ME Staniforth 160 0.3 +0.3
Independent JG Hosty 73 0.1 +0.1
Natural Law JP Tattersall 44 0.1 +0.1
Majority 7,225 12.2 +9.3
Turnout 59,056 82.0 +1.9
Conservative hold Swing +2.5

Elections in the 1980s

General Election 1987: Colne Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Graham Riddick 20,457 36.4
SDP–Liberal Alliance (Liberal) Nigel Priestley 18,780 33.4
Labour John Harman 16,353 29.1
Green M. R. Mullany 614 1.1
Majority 1,677 3.0
Turnout 80.1
Conservative gain from SDP–Liberal Alliance Swing
General Election 1983: Colne Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SDP–Liberal Alliance (Liberal) Richard Wainwright 21,139 39.8
Conservative J. Holt 17,993 33.9
Labour A. Williams 13,668 25.8
Independent Tom Keen 260 0.5
Majority 3,146 5.9
Turnout 76.2
SDP–Liberal Alliance hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s

General Election 1979: Colne Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Richard Wainwright 20,151 38.4
Labour P. J. Hildrew 17,799 33.9
Conservative S. G. Kaye 14,450 27.5
More Prosperous Britain Tom Keen 101 0.2
Majority 2,352 4.5
Turnout 81.8
Liberal hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Colne Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Richard Wainwright 21,997 44.3
Labour David Clark 20,331 40.9
Conservative K. E. Davy 7,337 14.8
Majority 1,666 3.4
Turnout 81.7
Liberal hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Colne Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Richard Wainwright 20,984 40.3
Labour David Clark 20,265 38.9
Conservative K. E. Davy 10,864 20.9
Majority 719 1.4
Turnout 86.4
Liberal gain from Labour Swing
General Election 1970: Colne Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Clark 18,896 39.9
Liberal Richard Wainwright 18,040 38.1
Conservative K. E. Davy 10,417 22.0
Majority 856 1.6
Turnout 80.8
Labour gain from Liberal Swing

Elections in the 1960s

General Election 1966: Colne Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Richard Wainwright 22,006 48.6
Labour Patrick Duffy 19,507 43.1
Conservative R. D. Hall 3,786 8.4
Majority 2,499 5.5
Turnout 86.2
Liberal gain from Labour Swing
General Election 1964: Colne Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Patrick Duffy 18,537 42.0
Liberal Richard Wainwright 18,350 41.6
Conservative A. C. Alexander 7,207 16.3
Majority 187 0.4
Turnout 84.8
Labour hold Swing
Colne Valley by-election, 1963
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Patrick Duffy 18,033
Liberal Richard Wainwright 15,994
Conservative A. C. Alexander 6,238
Independent A. Fox 266
Majority 2,039
Turnout
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s

General Election 1959: Colne Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Glenvil Hall 19,284 44.3
Conservative C. J. Barr 13,030 29.9
Liberal Richard Wainwright 11,254 25.8 N/A
Majority 6,254 14.4
Turnout 84.2
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1955: Colne Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Glenvil Hall 23,108 54.2
Conservative S. Cheetham 19,512 45.8 N/A
Majority 3,956 8.4
Turnout 81.1
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1951: Colne Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Glenvil Hall 26,455 52.2
Liberal Violet Bonham-Carter 24,266 47.8
Majority 2,189 4.3
Turnout 87.1
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1950: Colne Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Glenvil Hall 24,910 49.4
Conservative E. E. Smith 15,826 31.4
Liberal R. F. Leslie 9,654 19.2
Majority 9,084 18.0
Turnout 86.5
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1940s

General Election 1945: Colne Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Glenvil Hall 23,488
Conservative S. Smith 11,593
Liberal G. K. Lawrence 7,890
Majority
Turnout
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1930s

General Election 1931: Colne Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Lance Mallalieu 17,119
Labour Ernest Marklew 13,734
Conservative Lt-Col E ff W Lascelles 12,581
National Labour M A E Franklin* 202
Majority
Turnout
Liberal gain from Labour Swing
  • Franklin: After failing to win the endorsement of Philip Snowden, the retiring Labour (National Labour) MP, Franklin withdrew from the contest, however, his name still appeared on the ballot paper.

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