HebWeb: The General Election in the Calder Valley at caldervalley.org.uk
|General Election 2017 Results|
|Janet Battye,||Liberal Democrats||1,952|
|Josh Fenton-Glynn||Labour Party||26,181|
|Paul Rogan||UK Independence Party (UKIP)||1,466|
|Kieran Turner||Green Party||631|
|Craig Whittaker||Conservative Party Elected||26,790|
Craig Whittaker wins Calder Valley for the Conservatives, winning by 609 votes, with a majority reduced by 90% since the 2015 election. (9 June)
Labour's Holly Lynch has held her Halifax seat, increasing her majority from just 428 in 2015 to over 5000 in 2017. (9 June)
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The 2017 general election will be on 8 June. The candidates to date are listed in the left and right columns, in alphabetical order, using photos available so far.
Nominations cosed Thursday afternoon, 11 May and the Candidates are Janet Battye, Liberal-Democrats; Josh Fenton Glynn, Labour; Robert Holden, Independent; Paul Rogan, UKIP; Kieran Turner, Greens and Craig Whittaker, Conservatives.
Useful links and info
Wikipedia page describing the Calder Valley constuency
HebWeb coverage of 2015 election with results for each candidate.
In the 2015 General Election, the Conservatives beat Labour by 4427 votes, the Lib-Dem vote collapsed, the Greens fared no better, while the UKIP vote increased significantly. Although the turnout was up, it remained below 70%.
See below for HebWeb coverage of previous general elections.
Video of Josh Fenton Glynn being interviewed by Jason Elliott at the Brighouse 1940s weekend. Remembering the Labour Government of 1945 which created the NHS, and still looking for Craig Whittaker. (3 June)
Calder Valley Green Parliamentary candidate calls for clean air action Kieran Turner donned a face mask at the Leeds Road crossroads in Hipperholme to draw attention to the air pollution hot spot, where levels of nitrogen oxides and particulates break the law. Read more (31 May)
Craig Whittaker cancels debate appearance at last minute: see report from The Canary: "Tory candidate shuns constituents to attend Theresa May’s manifesto launch" (19 May)
Calderdale Green Party launches General Election campaign in Calder Valley. Kieran Turner from Todmorden is Calderdale Green Party’s Parliamentary candidate for Calder Valley. Read more (16 May)
Labour choose Josh Fenton-Glynn to contest Calder Valley for the 8 June General Election. Josh is a Calderdale councillor who lives in Hebden Bridge and who previously fought the 2015 general election. Read more. 1 May
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 and won again in 2015.
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."