Sunday, 10 May 2015

Politics: Tories pushed all the way

The Conservatives held onto to Calder Valley, but saw Labour cut their majority by almost a third.

Craig Whittaker held onto the seat for a second term, but saw his majority reduced by more than 31 per cent to Labour’s Josh Fenton-Glynn from a majority of 6,431 in 2010 to 4,427 in 2015.

Following the result Mr Whittaker thanked his campaign team and the constituents who voted for him to stay in power.

He said: “They clearly do not want the regressive policies and out-of-date, out-of-touch Labour party.

“They’ve seen through the lies and petty politics and I thank each and every one of them for putting their faith in me for a second term.”

Labour’s Josh Fenton-Glynn has said he wouldn’t rule-out standing again, but said that it would be the decision of the party.

He said: “I congratulate Craig Whittaker on being re-elected - we don’t see eye-to-eye on a lot of issues and I’ll continue to fight for the people of Calder Valley.”

“We had the greatest swing towards Labour than any other constituency in the country, and we increased our vote by about 5,000 - that’s not an endorsement of Craig’s time in office.”

UKIP saw their vote share increase by 8.8 per cent and the Liberal Democrats saw their share fall by 20.2 per cent.

The Green Party saw their share of the vote more than double compared to 2010, with Jenny Shepherd receiving 2,090 compared to 858.

Ms Shepherd said,“This growth in the numbers of people voting Green gives us a good basis for starting to turn Calderdale green, by tackling the issues that people have told us matter to them.

“That’s why the Greens will continue to push for a fairer, more representative system so in future everyone has the confidence to vote for what they believe in.”

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