Bradford East

2015 Result:
Conservative: 4682 (11.3%)
Labour: 19312 (46.6%)
Lib Dem: 12228 (29.5%)
Green: 871 (2.1%)
UKIP: 4103 (9.9%)
Others: 210 (0.5%)
MAJORITY: 7084 (17.1%)

Category: Semi-marginal Labour seat

Geography: Yorkshire and the Humber, West Yorkshire.

Main population centres:



Current MP
IMRAN HUSSAIN (Labour) Born Bradford. Barrister. Bradford councillor. Contested Bradford West 2012 by-election. First elected as MP for Bradford East in 2015.
Past Results
Con: 10860 (27%)
Lab: 13272 (33%)
LDem: 13637 (34%)
BNP: 1854 (5%)
Oth: 834 (2%)
MAJ: 365 (1%)
Con: 5569 (16%)
Lab: 14622 (43%)
LDem: 11111 (32%)
BNP: 2061 (6%)
Oth: 1034 (3%)
MAJ: 3511 (10%)
Con: 8450 (24%)
Lab: 17419 (50%)
LDem: 6924 (20%)
BNP: 1613 (5%)
Oth: 611 (2%)
MAJ: 8969 (26%)
Con: 10723 (26%)
Lab: 23493 (56%)
LDem: 6083 (15%)
Oth: 369 (1%)
MAJ: 12770 (30%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005, name changed from Bradford North

2015 Candidates
IFTIKHAR AHMED (Conservative) Educated at Buttershaw Upper School and Bradford University. Management consultant.
IMRAN HUSSAIN (Labour) Born Bradford. Barrister. Bradford councillor. Contested Bradford West 2012 by-election.
DAVID WARD (Liberal Democrat) Born 1953, Lincoln. Educated at Boston Grammar School and Bradford University. Business Development Manager at Leeds Metropolitan University. Bradford councillor since 1984. Contested Bradford North 1990 by-election, 1992, 2001 & 2005. MP for Bradford East 2010 to 2015. Was reprimanded by the Lib Dem chief whip in 2013 for his use of language after using a message on holocaust remembrance day criticising "the Jews" for inflicting atrocities on the Palestinians. In July 2013 he had the Liberal Democrat whip suspended over further comments about Israel.
OWAIS RAJPUT (UKIP) Born Jammu and Kashmir. Educated at Bradford University. Academic.
DAVID STEVENS (Green) Former policeman and local government officer.
JAMES LEWTHWAITE (British Democrats) Born Calcutta. Educated at Cambridge University. Lecturer. Bradford councillor 2004-2008 for the BNP. Contested Bradford South 2010 as a Democratic Nationalist.
Comments - 157 Responses on “Bradford East”
  1. Farron has “sacked” Ward.

    “Commenting on David Ward, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said:

    “I believe in a politics that is open, tolerant and united. David Ward is unfit to represent the party and I have sacked him.””

  2. Here’s the LDV full article:

    Honestly, can you imagine a sharper contrast to how Labour handles anti-Semitism? Wow.

  3. @Mr Pitt

    Not sure about that interpretation. Despite his controversies during his term as an MP the Lib Dems allowed Ward to be re-selected and until this morning the official line was still that it was up to the local branch. They also took a long time to properly deal with Jenny Tonge before finally expelling her.

  4. No the Lib Dems have handled this just as poorly. Farron only sacked him after initially refusing not to intervene because of the pressure to do so.

  5. I’d heard it came after some legal advice or changes to the party’s governing laws; that is, he’d wanted to do it from the word go, but wasn’t able.

  6. Ward was still the candidate at 1pm at the end of PMQs.

    Only after being ridiculed by the whole House did Farron then remove him.

    In an unfortunate coincidence, one of the last Qs was from a Tory MP who raised the case of Ward.

    Farron was then called next by John Bercow! Needless to say May raised how his Party was decent with Ward as the candidate in Bradford East.

    PMQs lasted an hour as Bercow called MPs who were standing down to have their final say. Indeed some such as Simon Burns didn’t even bother to ask a Q.

  7. Lancs,
    Thanks for the succinct summary of PMQ! Puts it in context. After the hounding Farron got this week he had no choice. In terms of the coverage I saw Farron looked quite strong and decisive on this issue where it seems only one viewpoint is possible… So he has done ok politically…

    Unfair on David Ward who had a right to think he had been forgiven for his injudicious statements back in 2013. I expect a lot of pressure on some other candidates, for example in Gorton and Bradford West..

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