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 Bradford West
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Marsha Singh Labour 18,401 48.0 +6.5
Mohammed Riaz Conservative 14,236 37.1 +4.1
John Robinson Green 2,672 7.0 +5.1
Abdul Khan Liberal Democrat 2,437 6.4 -8.4
Imran Hussain UK Independence 427 1.1  
Farhan Khokhar Asian League 197 0.5  
Majority 4,165 10.9
Turnout 38,370 53.6 -9.7
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.2% from Conservative to Labour

Description
Prior to 1997, Bradford West was considered one of the safest Labour seats in the country.

But it was the source of the party’s worst winning result in the country at the last election.

The result was almost a total reversal of the national trend and the reason seems to lie in the complex racial and religious politics that so often dominate this textile city below the eastern Pennines.

Labour fielded a Sikh candidate, Marsha Singh. However, 37% of the seat's population are Muslim - including the 1997 Conservative candidate Mohammed Riaz.

Mr Singh, the winner of a bitter selection battle with the sitting MP, lost support from both the ethnic minority and white voters. Mr Riaz was able to hold the Tory vote steady.

Not only does Bradford West have the most complex sociological make-up of the city's three constituencies, its economy is also the most diverse.

The seat stretches from the inner city out to the more select and rural fringes of the city, encompassing the town’s university, which is surrounded by some of the most deprived housing in West Yorkshire.

However, modern office buildings are also to be found here and the constituency is considered to be the most middle-class in Bradford.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Bradford West
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Marsha Singh Labour 18,932 41.5
Mohammed Riaz Conservative 15,055 33.0
Helen Wright Liberal Democrat 6,737 14.8
Abdul Khan Socialist Labour 1,551 3.4
Christopher Royston Referendum 1,348 3.0
John Robinson Green 861 1.9
Gary Osborn BNP 839 1.8
Sajjad Shah Socialist Party 245 0.5
Majority 3,877 8.5
Turnout 45,568 63.3
 
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