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Keighley

2010 Results:
Conservative: 20003 (41.94%)
Labour: 17063 (35.78%)
Liberal Democrat: 7059 (14.8%)
BNP: 1962 (4.11%)
UKIP: 1470 (3.08%)
Others: 135 (0.28%)
Majority: 2940 (6.16%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Labour: 20720 (44.7%)
Conservative: 15868 (34.3%)
Liberal Democrat: 5484 (11.8%)
Other: 4240 (9.2%)
Majority: 4852 (10.5%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 15868 (34.3%)
Labour: 20720 (44.7%)
Liberal Democrat: 5484 (11.8%)
BNP: 4240 (9.2%)
Majority: 4852 (10.5%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 16883 (39%)
Labour: 20888 (48.2%)
Liberal Democrat: 4722 (10.9%)
UKIP: 840 (1.9%)
Majority: 4005 (9.2%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 18907 (36.7%)
Labour: 26039 (50.6%)
Liberal Democrat: 5064 (9.8%)
Referendum: 1470 (2.9%)
Majority: 7132 (13.9%)

No boundary changes:

Profile: To the North the seat extends over part of Rombald`s Moor (including the iconic Ilkley Moor) to the towns of Addingham and Ilkley in Wharfedale. Ilkley is a prosperous Victoria Spa town that remains a popular tourist destination. To the south the seat follows the preserved heritage steam railway through villages like Haworth, again a popular tourist destination thanks to its association with the Bronte sisters.

While the north and south of the seat are Conservative, Keighley itself is a former textile town and provides most of Labour`s support in the seat. The town contains somewhat troubled estates like Braithwaite and has in the past been a prime target for the BNP. Keighley`s population is around 15% muslim. West Keighley was briefly the BNP`s safest council seat after they won in 2004 and the seat was contested by the BNP leader Nick Griffin in 2005 after a furore over alleged grooming of young white girls in Keighley by Asian men. The mother of the girl at the centre of the allegations later stood for the Labour party in West Keighley, defeating the BNP, who no longer have any councillors in Keighley.

portraitCurrent MP: Kris Hopkins (Conservative) College Lecturer. Leader of Bradford Council. Contested Halifax in 2005, Leeds West in 2001.

2010 election candidates:
portraitKris Hopkins (Conservative) College Lecturer. Leader of Bradford Council. Contested Halifax in 2005, Leeds West in 2001.
portraitJane Thomas (Labour) Director of Network North. Former University lecturer.
portraitNader Fekri (Liberal Democrat) History lecturer. Calderdale councillor. Contested Keighley 2005, Yorkshire and Humberside 2009 European election.
portraitPaul Latham (UKIP)
portraitAndrew Brons (BNP)
portraitSteven Smith (National Front)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 90174
Male: 47.9%
Female: 52.1%
Under 18: 24%
Over 60: 22.3%
Born outside UK: 7.3%
White: 89.3%
Black: 0.3%
Asian: 9.4%
Mixed: 0.8%
Other: 0.2%
Christian: 68.8%
Muslim: 8.4%
Full time students: 2.8%
Graduates 16-74: 19.7%
No Qualifications 16-74: 30.8%
Owner-Occupied: 77.6%
Social Housing: 11% (Council: 8.8%, Housing Ass.: 2.2%)
Privately Rented: 8.2%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 19.9%

NB - The constituency guide is now archived and is no longer being updated. It will be replaced by a new guide in 2013, once the fate of the boundary review is finally settled.