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 Keighley
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Ann Cryer Labour 20,888 48.2 -2.4
Simon Cooke Conservative 16,883 39.0 +2.3
Mike Doyle Liberal Democrat 4,722 10.9 +1.1
Michael Cassidy UK Independence 840 1.9  
Majority 4,005 9.2
Turnout 43,333 63.4 -13.2
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.3% from Labour to Conservative

Description
The landslide of 1997 saw Keighley, one of nine West Yorkshire Conservative seats, fall into Labour's hands to give the party a clean sweep of all 23 constituencies in the county, and deliver Ann Cryer to Westminster on a 10% swing and a majority above 7,000. The Conservatives had originally won the seat in 1983 from Mrs Cryer's late husband Bob, who died in 1994 in a car crash whilst serving as MP for Bradford South.

Labour had held the seat for most of the period between 1945 and 1983, before boundary changes brought in new territories which swung the constituency decisively to the right. Two of the three new wards, Craven and Ilkley, are mighty Conservative strongholds, and the third, the picturesque and tourist-dependent Worth Valley, (which boasts the Bronte's Haworth), is usually staunchly Tory in local elections.

The two major towns in the constituency are markedly different. Keighley itself has tended to be strongly Labour, perhaps due in part to a sizeable Asian population. The town has a strong manufacturing tradition, particularly in machine tools and electrical goods. Like many others in the region, the neighbouring spa town of Ilkley is highly dependent on tourism following a general decline in West Yorkshire’s textile industry.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Keighley
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Ann Cryer Labour 26,039 50.6
Gary Waller Conservative 18,907 36.7
Michael Doyle Liberal Democrat 5,064 9.8
Colin Carpenter Referendum 1,470 2.9
Majority 7,132 13.9
Turnout 51,480 76.6
 
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