Shipley

2015 Result:
Conservative: 25269 (50%)
Labour: 15645 (31%)
Lib Dem: 1949 (3.9%)
Green: 2657 (5.3%)
UKIP: 4479 (8.9%)
Others: 543 (1.1%)
MAJORITY: 9624 (19%)

Category: Semi-marginal Conservative seat

Geography: Yorkshire and the Humber, West Yorkshire. Part of the Bradford council area.

Main population centres: Shipley, Baildon, Bingley, Cullingworth, Burley-in-Wharfedale.

Profile:

Politics:


Current MP
PHILIP DAVIES (Conservative) Born 1972, Doncaster. Educated at Old Swinford Hospital School and Huddersfield University. Former customer services manager. Contested Colne Valley 2005. First elected as MP for Shipley in 2010. Davies is a staunchly Euro-sceptic right winger and one of the most rebellious Conservative MPs. His father, Peter Davies, was elected mayor of Doncaster for the English Democrat party.
Past Results
2010
Con: 24002 (49%)
Lab: 14058 (28%)
LDem: 9890 (20%)
GRN: 1477 (3%)
MAJ: 9944 (20%)
2005*
Con: 18608 (39%)
Lab: 18186 (38%)
LDem: 7018 (15%)
BNP: 2000 (4%)
Oth: 1854 (4%)
MAJ: 422 (1%)
2001
Con: 18815 (41%)
Lab: 20243 (44%)
LDem: 4996 (11%)
GRN: 1386 (3%)
Oth: 580 (1%)
MAJ: 1428 (3%)
1997
Con: 19966 (38%)
Lab: 22962 (43%)
LDem: 7984 (15%)
MAJ: 2996 (6%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

Demographics
2015 Candidates
PHILIP DAVIES (Conservative) See above.
STEVE CLAPCOTE (Labour) Born Poole. Educated at University of Wales. Lecturer and researcher.
ANDREW MARTIN (Liberal Democrat) Fitness instructor. Bolton councillor since 2014.
WAQAS ALI KHAN (UKIP)
KEVIN WARNES (Green) Bradford councillor. Contested Shipley 2010.
DARREN HILL (Yorkshire First) Lecturer.
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Comments - 70 Responses on “Shipley”
  1. Doubt it will happen but they’ll probably cut down their majority.

  2. It would be blissful to get rid of this misogynist s0d.

  3. @Hawthorn – You can say that again! Can’t stand the guy!

  4. I first heard of him when he ran in Colne Valley back in 2001. A real piece of work.

  5. DAVIES GONE.

  6. ALLELUIA!!!!!!!!!!!

    Party time!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Good times. These. are. the. Good Times…

  8. Sky now calling this as a Conservative hold. Obviously jumped the gun.

  9. Looks like Davies has kept his seat! Oh no!

  10. Good to see that the self-appointed guardian of women’s rights – and of course entirely correct on all things left wing – achieved all of 1,040 votes. Thoroughly worthwhile.

  11. Ah yes. The one the i listed as the 8th Party Leader!

  12. How did Sky manage to initially call this for Labour? Wasn’t even close in the end. I’ll continue to avoid their election night coverage.

    If only somebody in the UK would do an equivalent of CNN’s coverage of the last US presidential election. It was pretty much exemplary.

  13. I think Laura Kuenssberg also said it had gone Lab on the BBC, based on tweets. In fact there were several such bad calls – this, Broxtowe, Hendon, Finchley and Golders Green, and probably some others I’ve forgotten too.

    Generally the BBC programme was less slick than usual, with countless sound and graphics problems, and David Dimbleby often talking over returning officers announcing results.

  14. ‘I think Laura Kuenssberg also said it had gone Lab on the BBC, based on tweets. In fact there were several such bad calls – this, Broxtowe, Hendon, Finchley and Golders Green, and probably some others I’ve forgotten too.’

    Aberconwy and Pudsey were also mentioned

  15. Yes, I gasped when Aberconwy was mentioned! Though it was actually close there in the end so it wasn’t the complete nonsense I thought it was when it was mentioned.

  16. ‘Generally the BBC programme was less slick than usual, with countless sound and graphics problems, and David Dimbleby often talking over returning officers announcing results.’

    Didn’t really notice that to be honest – there were some microphone problems at the early counts but that had nothing to do with the BBC

    I could never watch an election on any other channel than the BBC and it always makes me laugh how after every election the right-wing newspapers always proclaim ITV or Sky as providing the best coverage

  17. Oh, I wouldn’t ever watch an election on anything else. I just thought it wasn’t quite as slick as usual.

  18. Agree with the last comment. Lots of people have saying that ITV had much more watchable coverage. I recorded both of course. But I will always watch BBC while one remains on it – J Curtice.

  19. Yes, Curtice is truly excellent (in the midst of an awful lot of hot air from the pundits the other 55 minutes of each hour of coverage unfortunately).

    Kellner did his best and made some good points actually, but if you’re a politlical obsessive like us lot, then you can’t beat Curtice with his balanced insights (analysis based).

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