CalderValley Election Forum

Calder Valley Election 2010

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Calder Valley 2010 General Election Results
Candidate Party Votes % +/-
Craig Whittaker Conservative 20,397 39.4 +3.6
Steph Booth Labour 13,966 27.0 -11.5
Hilary Myers Liberal Democrat 13,037 25.2 +6.3
John Gregory British National Party 1,823 3.5 -0.4
Greg Burrows UK Independence Party 1,173 2.3 +2.3
Kate Sweeny Green 858 1.7 -1.2
Tim Cole Independent 194 0.4 +0.4
Barry Greenwood Independent 175 0.3 +0.3
Paul Rogan English Democrats 157 0.3 +0.3
Majority 6,431 12.4
Turnout 51,780 67.3 +1.3

Calder Valley goes Tory - Craig Whittaker wins seat with 39.4% of the vote. Followed by Lab (27%) and Lib Dem (25.2%)

Halifax held by Labour's Linda Riordan with only a 2.7% swing to Conservative.

Friends of the Earth seek climate change pledges from candidates - Read more about which candidates have responded and which ones haven't - updated 5 May

Labour's Steph Booth in third place, in the Calder Valley, according to Electoral Calculus which claims to predict the General Election result using "scientific analysis of opinion polls and electoral geography". Prediction: Conservative: 36%; Lib-Dem; 28%; Labour: 26% and others: 10% - 29 April

Battleground 2010 Calder Valley: Calendar report on our constituency

ELECTION VIDEOS: Jason Elliott has interviewed three of the four main election candidates: Green candidate Kate Sweeny, Conservative candidate Craig Whittaker and Lib Dem candidate Hilary Myer. Watch them now on the Hebweb. Labour's Steph Booth is "too busy" to be interviewed. - updated 27 April

Odds improve for outsider
William Hill odds at 15 days to go: Conservatives remain favourites to gain the Calder Valley at 10:1 on, with Labour 11:2 but Liberal Democrats have gone from 80:1 against to 16:1 - 21 April

REGISTER: Tuesday (20th) is the last day to register your vote. Click here to register now online.

According to the Voter Power website, voters in Calder Valley have 2.79 x more voting power than the UK average. And 61.50% of those who voted in Calder Valley in 2005 did not vote for the winning candidate. "These votes count for nothing in the First Past the Post system." 17 April 2010

William Hill odds at 23 days to go: Conservatives are favourites to gain the Calder Valley at 12:1 on, with Labour 11:2 and Liberal Democrats 80:1 against.

Statement from Hilary Myers, the Lib Dem candidate, on the need to break the tyranny of a system which favours Labour and Conservative. - Added 12 April

Guardian article by Martin Wainwright on the Calder Valley constituency - "Election battle has raged for years in Yorkshire marginal, 24th on Tory target list . . . the Yorkshire battle has bred viral controversy on the internet and Dickensian scenes on the ground" - Added 10 April

Election Project - Simon Roberts is the official Election Artist, commissioned by the House of Commons to produce a series of artworks that respond to the 2010 General Election, and he will be passing through the Calder Valley on his way round the country. Added 8 April

Vote for policies, not personalities! - a site which helps you make an informed, unbiased decision about who to vote for. Find out which party you really support. Added 8 April

Statement from the Kate Sweeny, the Green Party candidate - we welcome statements from other parties. (7 April)

GENERAL ELECTION MEETING REPORT - a general election meeting with candidates was held on 2nd February in Hipperholme and Lightcliffe. A coach was hired to take people from Hebden Bridge after the Labour candidate Steph Booth pulled out of a similar meeting planned to take place in in our town. Read more - 3 Feb

 

 

The Steph Booth factor
Ron Taylor
Saturday, 8 May 2010
John Chapman
Thursday, 6 May 2010
Alan McDonald
Wednesday, 5 May 2010
Ian Whitehead
Wednesday, 5 May 2010
Christopher Reason
Wednesday, 5 May 2010
Jason Elliott
Wednesday, 5 May 2010
Jon Morris
Wednesday, 5 May 2010
Hazel D
Wednesday, 5 May 2010
Patricia S
Wednesday, 5 May 2010
John Chapman
Wednesday, 5 May 2010
Tom Standfield
Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Help! Labour or Liberal?
Andrew Hall
Thursday, 6 May 2010
Anne H
Thursday, 6 May 2010
Fran R
Thursday, 6 May 2010
Andrew Hall
Thursday, 6 May 2010
Graham Barker
Wednesday, 5 May 2010
Alice Walker
Wednesday, 5 May 2010
Fran R
Wednesday, 5 May 2010
Andrew Hall
Wednesday, 5 May 2010
Alice Walker
Wednesday, 5 May 2010
Andrew Hall
Wednesday, 5 May 2010
Alice Walker
Wednesday, 5 May 2010
Christopher Reason
Wednesday, 5 May 2010
Alice Walker
Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Tory Victory via a Tory/ Liberal alliance?
Laura Wright -
Wednesday, 5 May 2010
Margaret Boyle -
Wednesday, 5 May 2010
Laura Wright -
Friday, 30 April 2010

Calderdale candidates
Mick Piggott
Tuesday, 27 April 2010

General Election 2010
Ron Taylor
Tuesday, 27 April 2010
Rev Tony Buglass
Monday, 26 April 2010
Julian Elphick
Monday, 26 April 2010

PPCs' addresses?
Patsy F
Monday, 26 April 2010

Vote for policies
Kate Sweeny
Monday, 26 April 2010
Jason Elliott
Saturday, 24 April 2010
Graham Barker
Friday, 23 April 2010
Ben Plumpton
Thursday, 22 April 2010

Twitter and the Election
Ian Whitehead -
Friday, 23 April 2010

Labour Party and dirty tricks
Margaret Boyle
Friday, 23 April 2010
Mick Piggott
Thursday, 22 April 2010
Sutti N
Thursday, 22 April 2010
John Rhodes

Wednesday, 21 April 2010
Paul D
Wednesday, 21 April 2010
John Chapman
Wednesday, 21 April 2010
Paul D
Wednesday, 21 April 2010
Christopher Reason
Tuesday, 20 April 2010
Carole Oosthuysen

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Our next MP
John Mooney
Saturday, 24 April 2010
Kate Sweeny
Tuesday, 20 April 2010
Paul D
Saturday, 17 April 2010
Yvonne Sturrock
Friday, 16 April 2010
Kate Sweeny
Thursday, 15 April 2010
Alan McDonald
Wednesday, 14 April 2010
Paul D
Tuesday, 13 April 2010
Kate Sweeny
Friday, 9 April 2010
Mick Piggott
Friday, 9 April 2010

Voting Conservative
not the solution

Mick Piggott - (updated 13th April)
Sunday, 11 April 2010

Steph Booth and Janet Oosthuysen
Graham Barker
Wednesday, 7 April 2010
Ron Taylor
Tuesday, 6 April 2010
Felicity Potter
Monday, 5 April 2010
Christopher Reason
Tuesday, 30 March 2010
Andy M
Friday, 26 March 2010
John Rhodes
Wednesday, 24 March 2010
Ron Taylor
Wednesday, 24 March 2010
Dave Boardman
Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Editorial: If we look back at the results for the Calder Valley constituency for 1992, 1997, 2001 and 2005 (see below), we see that, although the Liberal Democrats perform well in local elections, in the general elections, the battle has been between Labour and Conservative. The Lib Dems have been far behind in each of the past three general elections. Is there any reason to think that the 2010 election will be any different?

With Labour fielding a controversial candidate who is not popular among many Labour supporters, at first sight, it looks like nothing will stop Craig Whittaker taking the seat for the Conservatives.

One other factor which is certainly going to make a difference is the public’s anger over the expenses scandals. Many have already said they won’t bother voting. Others may turn to the smaller parties who haven’t been tainted with scandal. Could this be an opportunity for the Green Party who are also likely to benefit from the votes of some of those Labour supporters who won’t be able to bring themselves to put their cross next to the name of Steph Booth? Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Calder Valley Lib Dems

Calder Valley Conservatives

Kate Sweeny's Green Blog

Grimmer Upnorth - Left Labour

Chris McCafferty MP, Calder Valley (TheyWorkForYou.com)

Steph Booth for Calder Valley blog

Hebden Bridge Web

Register your vote


YouTube videos

Greg Burrows - UKIP

Hilary Myers - Lib-Dem

Craig Whittaker - Conservative


Previous general elections

2005 Result: Labour maj 1367
turnout 67%
Liz Truss, Conservative 17059 38.6%
Paul Palmer, Green Party 1371
Christine McCafferty, Labour 18426 35.7%
Liz Ingleton, Liberal Democrat 9027 18.9%
John Gregory, BNP 1887

More details of Calder Valley Election Results 1983-2005

Calder Valley Election Forum 2001

Hebweb Election Forum 1997

Candidates
Photographed at the debate at Hipperholme and Lightcliffe

Steph Booth

Steph Booth - Labour

Greg Burrows

Greg Burrows - UKIP

Hilary Myers

Hilary Myers - Lib-Dem

Kate Sweeney

Kate Sweeny - Green

Craig Whittaker

Craig Whittaker - Conservative

List of all nine Calder Valley candiates for the General Election

 

 

Below: Election related discussion from the Hebden Bridge Web

Election Debates
Gareth Binding
Sunday, 21 March 2010
Graham Barker
Tuesday, 23 February 2010
Kate Sweeny
Monday, 22 February 2010
Chris O'Connor
Sunday, 21 February 2010
Marcus Bull
Sunday, 21 February 2010
Chris O'Connor
Tuesday, 16 February 2010
Kevin Duffy
Monday, 15 February 2010
Kate Sweeny
Sunday, 14 February 2010
Kevin Duffy
Sunday, 14 February 2010
Kate Sweeny
Saturday, 13 February 2010

Tory Housing Policy?
Pete K
Sunday, 7 February 2010

Steph Booth
John Greenwood
Sunday, 7 February 2010
Jason Elliott
Friday, 5 February 2010
Rev Tony Buglass
Friday, 5 February 2010
Larry Kin
Thursday, 4 February 2010
Susan Quick

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Steph Booth at the Tribunal
Stitch C
Thursday, 21 January 2010
Ron Taylor
Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Labour to send Craig to Westminster
Graham Barker
Sunday, 27 September 2009
John Greenwood
Sunday, 27 September 2009
Mark Fisher
Sunday, 27 September 2009
John Greenwood
Saturday, 26 September 2009
Rev Tony Buglass
Friday, 25 September 2009
Graham Barker
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
John Greenwood
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
Holly Owen
Sunday, 13 September 2009
Ron Taylor
Sunday, 23 August 2009
Ron Taylor
Monday, 24 August 2009
Graham Barker
Friday, 21 August 2009
Ron Taylor
Tuesday, 18 August 2009
Holly Owen
Monday, 17 August 2009

Election debate now cancelled
Jason Elliott
Thursday, 21 January 2010
Margaret Boyle
Wednesday, 20 January 2010
Kate Sweeny
Friday, 15 January 2010
John Rhodes
Friday, 15 January 2010
Jacob Jones
Friday, 15 January 2010
Graham Barker
Friday, 15 January 2010
Ian Appleby
Thursday, 14 January 2010
Anne H
Thursday, 14 January 2010
Cllr Janet Battye
Wednesday, 13 January 2010
Jason Elliott
Wednesday, 13 January 2010
Chris Reason
Wednesday, 13 January 2010
Sue Mee
Tuesday, 12 January 2010

When is a teacher not a teacher?
Chris Bragg
Thursday, 25 March 2010

Steph Booth v Cool UK Tribunal
Dave Boardman
Wednesday, 24 March 2010
Ron Taylor
Friday, 19 March 2010
Graham Barker
Thursday, 4 March 2010
Sarah B
Thursday, 4 March 2010
Mark Jackson
Thursday, 4 March 2010
Sarah B
Thursday, 4 March 2010
Gareth Binding
Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Political Exclusion Zone
Rev Robert (Robbie) Bowen
Wednesday, 17 March 2010
Kate Sweeny
Wednesday, 17 March 2010
Jason Elliott
Wednesday, 17 March 2010

More bad publicity for controversial Labour candidate
Tom Standfield
Thursday, 10 December 2009
Andy W
Thursday, 10 December 2009

Getting Into Parliament
Ron Taylor
Saturday, 28 November 2009
Sue Mee
Friday, 27 November 2009
Freddie Fielden
Thursday, 26 November 2009
Graham Barker
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
Ron Taylor
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
Matt Black
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
Ron Taylor
Sunday, 22 November 2009
Tim Swift
Sunday, 22 November 2009

Cameron's Tories: not liberal, not progressive, and not fit for government?
Joanna Beacroft-Mitchell
Thursday, 8 October 2009
N Yorke
Thursday, 8 October 2009
Coun Susan Press
Monday, 5 October 2009
Tom Standfield
Monday, 5 October 2009
Andy M
Monday, 5 October 2009
Colin Fisher
Saturday, 3 October 2009 updated
Graham Barker
Saturday, 3 October 2009
Cllr. Nader Fekri

Friday, 2 October 2009

Can Labour Survive?
Philip Giligan
Sunday, 27 September 2009

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