Post by Robert Waller on Feb 16, 2021 20:13:45 GMT
Owner-occupied 73.2% 113/650 Private rented 15.5% 253/650 Social rented 9.6% 596/650 White 87.5% 472/650 Black 1.5% 209/650 Asian 8.4% 146/650 Managerial & professional 34.1% Routine & Semi-routine 24.2% Degree level 29.8% 190/650 No qualifications 21.0% 407/650 Students 6.9% 304/650 Age 65+ 16.1% 373/650
General Election 2019: Colne Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Conservative Jason McCartney 29,482 48.4 +2.3 Labour Thelma Walker 24,379 40.0 -7.8 Liberal Democrats Cahal Burke 3,815 6.3 +2.2 Brexit Party Sue Harrison 1,268 2.1 New Green Darryl Gould 1,068 1.7 +0.2 Yorkshire Owen Aspinall 548 0.9 New UKIP Melanie Roberts 230 0.3 New Independent Colin Peel 102 0.2 New
Boundary changes here are minor in that it only loses one ward to bring it to size but in an even year would make all the difference - Jason McCartney is unlikely to miss Crosland Moor and Netherton which joins Huddersfield, so normally wouldn’t lose any sleep over this as it would only make it safer Conservative. If you ever visited Lockwood, Thornton Lodge, which almost touch Huddersfield town centre, you wouldn’t think it is part of a non-Red Wall Conservative seat, and is a better fit for the urban Huddersfield seat. It is a highly diverse area of dense terraces, multi-ethnic, multi-generational households and a splattering of some WWC council estates. Even so, with the current state of polls the new Colne Valley will still be a Labour gain on a sizeable swing.
In what’s left of Colne Valley, it seems like the rural valleys vote is trending “new money” and public sector professionals (much of the area is cheaper than Saddleworth but with similarly desirable landscapes) and the size of the ‘c’ in ‘small c Conservative’ is rapidly shrinking, but McCartney seems to be held in high regard by many - telling are his votes against the government on key issues such as free school meals, maybe an attempt to hold on to many a floating voter here.