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 Batley & Spen
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Mike Wood Labour 19,224 49.9 +0.5
Elizabeth Peacock Conservative 14,160 36.7 +0.3
Kath Pinnock Liberal Democrat 3,989 10.3 +1.5
Clive Lord Green 595 1.5 +0.7
Allen Burton UK Independence 574 1.5  
Majority 5,064 13.1
Turnout 38,542 60.5 -12.7
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.1% from Conservative to Labour

Description
Batley and Spen remains a predominantly working-class seat. The constituency consists of an urban sprawl between Huddersfield and Bradford.

It reinforces the classic image of the West Riding of Yorkshire, small towns with a history of textile manufacturing, streets of traditional terraced housing filled by a mostly working-class population.

The seat consists of the town of Batley, whose eastern ward is home for a large Asian minority (approximately one third of the town’s overall population) and whose western half is home to extensive council housing.

Smaller, semi-rural communities such as Birstall and Birkenshaw, Gomersal, Oakenshaw and Cleckheaton all fall into the borough of Spenborough, named after the river Spen. This element of the constituency is almost all-white, strongly owner-occupied and possesses strong conservative cultural values.

Although the Tories lost this seat to Mike Wood during the Labour landslide of 1997, the outgoing MP Elizabeth Peacock didn't fare as badly as some of her party colleagues did in supposedly safer seats, losing by only 6,141 votes.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Batley & Spen
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Mike Wood Labour 23,213 49.4
Elizabeth Peacock Conservative 17,072 36.4
Kath Pinnock Liberal Democrat 4,133 8.8
Ed Wood Referendum 1,691 3.6
Ron Smith BNP 472 1.0
Clive Lord Green 384 0.8
Majority 6,141 13.1
Turnout 46,965 73.2
 
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