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 Halifax
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Alice Mahon Labour 19,800 49.0 -5.3
James Walsh Conservative 13,671 33.8 +1.7
John Durkin Liberal Democrat 5,878 14.6 +2.6
Helen Martinek UK Independence 1,041 2.6 +1.1
Majority 6,129 15.2
Turnout 40,390 57.8 -12.7
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 3.5% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Although Halifax has a majority of blue-collar workers and unemployment around the national average, Tory support is bolstered by a 70% owner-occupancy rate, and rural areas on the outskirts of the constituency which are attractive to affluent commuters.

Ususally solid Conservative wards include Northowram and Shelf, Warley to the west of the town, and the best residential area, Skerton, around Savile Park, south of the town centre.

Halifax is synonymous with its mills and chimneys which spring up among dark terraces of housing. The town grew up as a textile producer, specialising in wool. That industry has been in decline for some years now, but attempts at industrial diversification have been made.

Food-processing, machine-tool manufacture and engineering all take place in the town now, which was also home to the world's largest building society before it became a bank.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Halifax
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Alice Mahon Labour 27,465 54.3
Robert Light Conservative 16,253 32.1
Edgar Waller Liberal Democrat 6,059 12.0
Constance Whitaker UK Independence 779 1.5
Majority 11,212 22.2
Turnout 50,556 70.5
 
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