Last update: 2 March, 2015 11:30



HebWeb: The General Election in the Calder Valley

The general election will be on 7 May. The candidates so far are listed to the left

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

See below for HebWeb coverage of previous general elections

Register to vote: To be sure you can vote in May's General Election, you need to check you are registered by Monday 20 April 2015. More info and links to register online.

Question Time on Education with the candidates, Friday 6 March. Tickets must be booked. See HebWeb What's on

HebWeb Discussion Forum: General Election

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

This section will be updated regularly with news and info about the election in Calder Valley.

Questions to the Candidates

The HebWeb has written to each of the candidates, asking them to reply to these 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?

Previous general elections on the HebWeb

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.

2005 General Election

2001 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."