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Keighley is a constituency represented in the House of Commonsmarker of the Parliament of the United Kingdommarker. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.


This constituency covers the town of Keighleymarker in West Yorkshire. It comprises the Labour-voting areas of Keighley, the Conservative spa town of Ilkleymarker, and the rural areas of Craven and Worth Valley which are also Tory. The seat has a large Asian minority, and became a centre of controversy with BNP leader Nick Griffin standing here as a candidate in 2005. Unlike most constituencies, Keighley will be unaffected by the constituency changes in the next general election in 2009/2010. Keighley comprises six wards which are Cravenmarker, Ilkleymarker, Keighley Centralmarker, Keighley Eastmarker, Keighley Westmarker and Worth Valleymarker.

Members of Parliament

Since the 1950s, Keighley has been a marginal seat between Labour and the Conservatives.The current MP since 1997, has been Labour's Ann Cryer, widow of Bob Cryer who was MP for the same seat from 1974-1983 (and then for Bradford Southmarker, 1987-1994). She will be retiring at the next general election.

Election Member Party
1885 Sir Isaac Holden, Bt. Liberal
1895 Sir John Brigg Liberal
1911 Stanley Buckmaster Liberal
1915 Sir Swire Smith Liberal
1918 William Somervell Liberal
1918 Sir Robert Clough Conservative
1922 Hastings Lees-Smith Labour
1923 Robert Pilkington Liberal
1924 Hastings Lees-Smith Labour
1931 George Harvie-Watt Conservative
1935 Hastings Lees-Smith Labour
1942 by-election Ivor Bulmer-Thomas Labour
1950 Charles Hobson Labour
1959 Marcus Worsley Conservative
1964 John Binns Labour
1970 Joan Hall Conservative
Oct 1974 Bob Cryer Labour
1983 Gary Waller Conservative
1997 Ann Cryer Labour

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