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 Colne Valley
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Kali Mountford Labour 18,967 40.4 -0.9
Philip Davies Conservative 14,328 30.5 -2.2
Gordon Beever Liberal Democrat 11,694 24.9 +2.3
Richard Plunkett Green 1,081 2.3 +1.4
Arthur Quarmby UK Independence 917 2.0 +1.2
Majority 4,639 9.9
Turnout 46,987 63.3 -13.6
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.6% from Conservative to Labour

Description
Labour's 1997 national average swing of 11%, combined with a 1995 "cash for questions" controversy were enough to unseat the Conservative incumbent of Colne Valley, Graham Riddick.

Colne Valley is a prosperous constituency. It has a higher than average proportion of professional and managerial workers, eight out of 10 houses are owner-occupied and unemployment is low.

The old constituency, which existed before 1983, is represented by the Colne and Holme valley communities of Holmefirth, Meltham, Golcar, Linthwaite, Slaithwaite and Marsden.

The western section of Huddersfield, Lindley and Crosland Moor wards have a strong Conservative element, due in part to the area's prosperous textile industry days - now in sharp decline.

Although Holmefirth is the location for the TV programme "Last Of The Summer Wine", Colne Valley is hardly a place for retired folk, with the proportion of residents of pensionable age below the national average.

The area is predominantly white and has a low Asian population compared with other West Yorkshire constituencies.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Colne Valley
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Kali Mountford Labour 23,285 41.3
Graham Riddick Conservative 18,445 32.7
Nigel Priestley Liberal Democrat 12,755 22.6
Alan Brooke Socialist Labour 759 1.3
Andy Cooper Green 493 0.9
J D Nunn UK Independence 478 0.8
Melodie Staniforth Loony 196 0.3
Majority 4,840 8.6
Turnout 56,411 76.9
 
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