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 Calder Valley
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Christine McCafferty Labour 20,244 42.7 -3.4
Sue Robson-Catling Conservative 17,150 36.2 +1.1
Michael Taylor Liberal Democrat 7,596 16.0 +1.3
Steve Hutton Green 1,034 2.2 +1.3
John Nunn UK Independence 729 1.5  
Philip Lockwood Legal cannabis 672 1.4  
Majority 3,094 6.5
Turnout 47,425 63.0 -12.4
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.2% from Labour to Conservative

Description
The Calder Valley constituency is a huge, rambling stretch of land that covers large areas of moor land on the eastern side of the Pennines.

It also has townships, first formed during the Industrial Revolution, when the damp climate and abundance of water power made the area ideal for the manufacture of woollen textiles - an industry that has all but disappeared nowadays.

The constituency follows the river Calder and its tributaries, as it winds south of Halifax, from the topmost town of Todmorden near the moors, down as far as Brighouse.

Labour won the seat by just 47 votes in 1959, and the Conservatives by 59 in 1970. Five changes in party allegiance have been recorded in this constituency over a thirty year span.

There was some disgruntlement amongst Labour supporters in this constituency on the Yorkshire/Lancashire boundary, when the preferred local candidate David Chaytor was forced to de-camp to Bury North, following the arrival of Christine McCafferty - a "Blair Babe" fresh from the party's all-women shortlist.

Nonetheless, Ms McCafferty, a former local councillor and social worker, beat the Tory incumbent Donald Thompson with a 9.5% swing to Labour and a winning margin in excess of 6,000 votes.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Calder Valley
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Christine McCafferty Labour 26,050 46.1
Donald Thompson Conservative 19,795 35.1
Stephen Pearson Liberal Democrat 8,322 14.7
Anthony Mellor Referendum 1,380 2.4
Vivienne Smith Green 488 0.9
Christian Jackson BNP 431 0.8
Majority 6,255 11.1
Turnout 56,466 75.4
 
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