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 Huddersfield
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Barry Sheerman Labour 18,840 53.2 -3.3
Paul Baverstock Conservative 8,794 24.9 +4.0
Neil Bentley Liberal Democrat 5,300 15.0 -2.2
John Phillips Green 1,254 3.5 +1.4
Judith Longman UK Independence 613 1.7  
Graham Hellawell Socialist Alliance 374 1.1  
George Randall Socialist Labour 208 0.6  
Majority 10,046 28.4
Turnout 35,383 55.0 -12.7
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 3.6% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Barry Sheerman has been Labour's sitting MP in this constituency since 1979, when the seat was known as Huddersfield East. Since then, the party has strengthened its grip, helped in part by boundary changes in 1983 which saw several of the constituency's affluent, Tory-voting suburbs moved into the neighbouring Colne Valley constituency.

The social composition of this constituency, both in its past and present boundaries, shows why it has tended to be such a Labour stronghold since the Second World War. 17% of the population are non-white, 24% of homes are council houses and 10% of the population are unemployed, social trends that have allowed Labour to flourish in West Yorkshire for many years.

Although many regard Huddersfield as a gritty, northern town situated in the industrial heartland, it has done much to modernise its image.

While industry still plays an important role, renovated buildings and a smoke-free zone that encompasses the whole of the borough of Kirklees have made the town far more appealing to residents and visitors alike. Textile, chemical and engineering industries are favoured in this constituency, and a sizeable proportion of the workforce are non-manual.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Huddersfield
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Barry Sheerman Labour 25,171 56.5
Bill Forrow Conservative 9,323 20.9
Gordon Beever Liberal Democrat 7,642 17.2
Paul McNulty Referendum 1,480 3.3
John Phillips Green 938 2.1
Majority 15,848 35.6
Turnout 44,554 67.7
 
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