Yorkshire West (European Parliament constituency)


Yorkshire West was a European Parliament constituency covering the western parts of West Yorkshire in England, including Bradford and Halifax.

Yorkshire West
European Parliament constituency
Member stateUnited Kingdom
Created1979
Dissolved1999
MEPs1
Sources
United Kingdom election results

Prior to its uniform adoption of proportional representation in 1999, the United Kingdom used first-past-the-post for the European elections in England, Scotland and Wales. The European Parliament constituencies used under that system were smaller than the later regional constituencies and only had one Member of the European Parliament each.

When it was created in England in 1979, it consisted of the Westminster Parliament constituencies of Bradford North, Bradford South, Bradford West, Brighouse and Spenborough, Halifax, Keighley, Shipley and Sowerby. In 1984, Batley and Spen and Calder Valley replaced Brighouse and Spenborough, and Sowerby, but Batley and Spen was removed again in 1994.[1]

The area was later included in the Yorkshire and the Humber European Parliament Constituency, which was represented by seven members in 1999–2004 and six from 2004 onwards.

Boundaries


1979–1984: Bradford North; Bradford South; Bradford West; Brighouse and Spenborough; Halifax; Keighley; Shipley; Sowerby.

1984–1994: Batley and Spen; Bradford North; Bradford South; Bradford West; Calder Valley; Halifax; Keighley; Shipley.

1994–1999: Bradford North; Bradford South; Bradford West; Calder Valley; Halifax; Keighley; Shipley.

Members of the European Parliament


Elected Name Party
1979 Barry Seal Labour

Results


European Parliament election, 1979: Yorkshire West[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Barry Seal 76,552 46.3
Conservative Lord St Oswald 73,555 44.4
Liberal J. M. S. Cherry 15,460 9.3
Majority 2,997 1.9
Turnout 165,567 33.3
Labour win (new seat)
European Parliament election, 1984: Yorkshire West[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Barry Seal 86,259 47.8 +1.5
Conservative Ian Bruce 65,405 36.3 -8.1
SDP E. Lyons 28,709 15.9 +6.6
Majority 20,854 11.5 +9.6
Turnout 180,373 32.2 -1.1
Labour hold Swing
European Parliament election, 1989: Yorkshire West[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Barry Seal 108,644 50.0 +2.2
Conservative G. T. Hall 70,717 32.5 -3.8
Green N. Parrott 28,308 13.0 New
SLD P. Wrigley 9,765 4.5 -11.4
Majority 37,927 17.5 +6.0
Turnout 217,434 38.5 +6.3
Labour hold Swing
European Parliament election, 1994: Yorkshire West[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Barry Seal 90,652 53.5 +3.5
Conservative Richard Booth 42,455 25.0 -7.5
Liberal Democrats Charles Bidwell 20,452 12.1 +7.6
New Britain Raymond Pearson 8,027 4.7 New
Green Colin Harris 7,154 4.2 -8.8
Natural Law David Whitley 894 0.5 New
Majority 48,197 28.5 +11.0
Turnout 169,634 34.6 -3.9
Labour hold Swing

References