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 Bradford South
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Gerry Sutcliffe Labour 19,603 55.8 -0.9
Graeme Tennyson Conservative 9,941 28.3 +0.3
Alexander Wilson-Fletcher Liberal Democrat 3,717 10.6 -0.7
Peter North UK Independence 783 2.2  
Tony Kelly Socialist Labour 571 1.6  
Ateeq Siddique Socialist Alliance 302 0.9  
George Riseborough Defend Welfare 220 0.6  
Majority 9,662 27.5
Turnout 35,137 51.3 -14.6
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.6% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Unlike the other two seats in the city of Bradford, the southern constituency has been held by Labour since 1945, despite two close shaves in 1983 and 1987.

But like Bradford North, a by-election was called following the death of the sitting Labour MP - Bob Cryer, who died in a car crash in 1994 at the age of 59.

His widow Ann Cryer has since become the member for another West Yorkshire constituency, Keighley; and their son, John, became MP for the London constituency of Hornchurch in 1997.

Gerry Sutcliffe, a former Labour council leader, took advantage of record lows for the Conservatives in the opinion polls to win the seat with ease.

This seat has the lowest number of Asian residents out of the three Bradford constituencies - 6%, although this remains above the national average - and the most council housing.

Bradford South is primarily a residential working class seat with above average numbers for all manual social groups.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Bradford South
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Gerry Sutcliffe Labour 25,558 56.7
Ann Hawkesworth Conservative 12,622 28.0
Alexander Wilson-Fletcher Liberal Democrat 5,093 11.3
Marilyn Kershaw Referendum 1,785 4.0
Majority 12,936 28.7
Turnout 45,058 65.9
 
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