HebWeb: The General Election in the Calder Valley
The general election will be on 7 May. The candidates to date are listed in the left and right columns, in alphabetical order.
28 year old Holly Lynch selected as Labour's Halifax candidate - see BBC report
Questions to the candidates: The HebWeb wrote to each of the six candidates, posing six questions, designed to help voters understand the differences between the different parties. Each of the candidates has now responded and you can read their replies here. 22 March
See below for HebWeb coverage of previous general elections
Above: Question Time on Education with the candidates, Friday 6 March at Calder High School. Report of meeting
The 2015 election in the Calder Valley may well be decided by the extent that UKIP and the Greens are able to win votes from the main parties. Unless you think different. Use our HebWeb Forum for discussion
This section will be updated regularly with news and info about the election in Calder Valley.
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Labour candidate refused Blair's Money: in response to the Lib-Dem challenge, Labour candidate Josh Fenton-Glynn has told the HebWeb, in a forum contribution, that he returned Tony Blair's cheque to the national party. 17 March
General Election: transport
The Sustainable Transport Group has asked candidates standing in our Calder Valley constituency a series of questions about transport policy and fare rises. The candidates have all replied. Read the questions and replies
Questions to the Candidates
The HebWeb has written to each of the candidates, posing the following questions.
The candidates' answers will be posted here.
- If elected, would your party stop the threatened closure of A & E in Calderdale?
- As an MP would you argue for or against continuing policies of economic austerity?
- To what extent would regional devolution help overcome the North South divide?
- Human-induced climate change is now accepted as fact by scientists and most politicians. What urgent steps would candidates take to bring us back from the brink?
- Is Britain's future in Europe?
- Calder High was described by the last Secretary of State for Education as the worst school building he had ever seen. How confident are candidates that any government they are part of would rebuild those schools in our area which urgently need rebuilding?
- Read candidates' replies
For much of the 1980s and 1990s, Donald Thompson held Calder Valley for the Tories.
Labour's Christine McCafferty took the seat in 1997 and held it until 2010 when she retired.
Craig Whittaker won for the Tories in 2010. The Liberal Democrats came a close third.
2010 General Election HebWeb coverage of the last general election.
1997 General Election - hardly anyone was at this time using the Internet for political coverage and discussion. The HebWeb was among the first websites to do this. We wrote: "The Hebden Bridge Web invites you to join its experiment in online democracy."