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 Bradford North
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Terry Rooney Labour 17,419 49.7 -6.4
Zahid Iqbal Conservative 8,450 24.1 -1.5
David Ward Liberal Democrat 6,924 19.8 +5.3
John Brayshaw BNP 1,613 4.6  
Steven Schofield Green 611 1.7  
Majority 8,969 25.6
Turnout 35,017 52.7 -10.6
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.4% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Bradford Nrth is a misleading name for this kidney-shaped seat, which actually nestles on the eastern side of the city, and consists primarily of private housing.

It comprises everything from near-slum terraces to substantial Victorian houses.

Despite a large Asian population in the inner part of the seat, the battIe for Bradford North has been almost exclusively between the mainstream parties, namely Labour and the Conservatives.

At the last election, the Islamic Party of Great Britain secured just 800 votes.

Despite this two horse race, the seat's recent history makes interesting reading.

In the early 1980s, the sitting Labour MP Ben Ford was deselected, and replaced with the Militant-linked candidate Pat Wall.

Mr Ford then stood against Mr Wall as an Independent in the 1983 general election and the two split the Labour vote and the Conservative candidate Geoffrey Lawler sneaked in to the great surprise of many.

Pat Wall stood again and defeated Lawler in the 1987 general election, but then died after a long illness in 1990, aged 57.

Since the ensuing by-election, Labour support has grown in Bradford North, with Terry Rooney winning comfortably in 1992 and 1997.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Bradford North
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Terry Rooney Labour 23,493 56.1
Rasjid Skinner Conservative 10,723 25.6
Terry Browne Liberal Democrat 6,083 14.5
Harry Wheatley Referendum 1,227 2.9
Wild Willy Beckett Loony 369 0.9
Majority 12,770 30.5
Turnout 41,895 63.3
 
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