The general election results saw Conservative gain a lot more seats in Yorkshire.
For the last few decades, Yorkshire and the Humber have held more Labour seats than Conservative in Parliament. But the general election on Thursday saw seven Labour MPs lose their constituency.
The general election results surprised many, with Labour taking their biggest hit since the 1930 election. With the end result for the party being only 203 seats in parliament compared to the Conservatives 365. In total Yorkshire and the Humber now has 28 Labour MPs and 26 Conservative MPs.
Conservative MP Craig Whittaker kept his seat in his constituency of Calder Valley, winning with a majority 5,774. Mr Whittaker has been Calder Valley MP for the last nine years and has mentioned his constituency two times in parliament as he is a public whip. He ranked 45 on Leeds Nows rankings of Yorkshires 54 politicians. He explains what he has done for his constituency in the past:
“Together with the community, I have secured over £500M worth of investment for the area, including monies for flood defences/prevention works, local hospital reconfiguration, and high street and small-town improvements.”
Wakefield’s former Labour MP Mary Creagh lost her seat to Conservative MP Imran Nasir Ahmad-Khan. Ms Creagh held the seat for 14 years before Mr Khan gained 21,283 votes overturning Ms Creagh’s 17,925.
This is the case for many unsuspecting Labour MPs in Yorkshire, such as Paula Sherriff the former Labour MP of Dewsbury who lost her seat to Conservative Mark Eastwood.
It seems Yorkshire has become more blue, along with the rest of the country. With Labour taking its biggest hit since 89 years ago and losing some of it’s once safest seats. It’s clear that Labour is going to have to recover from the recent general election.
Yorkshire is still more red than blue, but Labour still has work to do. With the party taking its biggest hit since 89 years ago and losing some it’s safest seats. You can see Leeds Now analysis of how safe your constituency seats are.