UK results: Conservatives win majority

After 650 of 650 seats declared
UK results
Party Conservative Labour Scottish National Party Liberal Democrat Democratic Unionist Party Others
Seats 365 203 48 11 8 15
Change +47 -59 +13 -1 -2 +2

Calder Valley

Parliamentary constituency

CON HOLD

Results

  1. Conservative
    Craig Whittaker
    • Votes: 29,981
    • Vote share %: 51.9
    • Vote share change: +5.7
  2. Labour
    Josh Fenton-Glynn
    • Votes: 24,207
    • Vote share %: 41.9
    • Vote share change: -3.2
  3. Liberal Democrat
    Javed Bashir
    • Votes: 2,884
    • Vote share %: 5.0
    • Vote share change: +1.6
  4. Liberal Party
    Richard Phillips
    • Votes: 721
    • Vote share %: 1.2
    • Vote share change: +1.2

Change compared with 2017

Turnout

  • CON majority: 5,774
  • Registered voters: 79,287
  • % share:
    72.9%
  • Change since 2017: -0.6

Vote share

Party % share
Conservative 51.9%
Labour 41.9%
Liberal Democrat 5.0%
Liberal Party 1.2%

Vote share change since 2017

  • Conservative +5.7 Gained
  • Liberal Democrat +1.6 Gained
  • Liberal Party +1.2 Gained
  • Labour -3.2 Lost

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MPs in 'postcode lockdowns' request to health secretary

Five West Yorkshire MPs are calling for a more localised approach to regional lockdowns during spikes in the coronavirus pandemic.

A medical worker administers a test for the coronavirus disease
Reuters

The MPs have written to the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, asking for local restrictions, implemented in parts of West Yorkshire at the end of July, to be based on postcode areas.

In the letter the MPs say the restrictions should be "targeted to prevent unnecessary disruption," an approach they say would be "a relief to many constituents living outside urban areas."

The letter is signed by Dewsbury MP Mark Eastwood, Colne Valley MP Jason McCartney, Shipley MP Phillip Davies, Keighley MP Robbie Moore and Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker.

Writing on social media Mr Whittaker says: "I am pleased to co-sign this letter with neighbouring West Yorkshire Conservative MPs, where local restrictions have also been imposed on a local authority basis.

"Calder Valley and other West Yorkshire constituencies continue to have negligible or no new cases of Covid-19.

"We are, therefore, requesting an even more localised approach by targeting restrictions on postcodes where infection rates are high, as opposed to blanket restrictions across the whole borough," he added.

Bridge demolition marks 'milestone' for flood-hit village

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Removal of an old bridge in a flood-hit Calderdale village this week will complete a major phase of a £35m flood alleviation scheme.

Caldene Bridge, Mytholmroyd
Google

It's expected the final stages of demolishing Mytholmroyd's old Caldene Bridge will be completed today following the opening last month of a new, wider, bridge just yards away.

Mytholmroyd has been hit by severe flooding three times in the last eight years – most recently this February.

The original Caldene Bridge opened in 1909 and was the first in the country to be constructed of reinforced concrete.

It was replaced in the early 1990s by the present structure but was a major constriction to the flow of the river and contributed to the Boxing Day 2015 flooding of Mytholmroyd.

The new bridge scheme is aimed at better protecting about 400 properties in the area from the risk of flooding in the future.

Paul Swales, from the Environment Agency, said: "There is still work to do, but opening the new bridge and demolishing the old one is a major milestone for the project."

Calderdale will reopen to visitors 'when safe to do so'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Safety remains the number one concern as tourism businesses emerge from the coronavirus lockdown, a leading Calderdale councillor says.

Mytholm, Hebden Bridge
Humphrey Bolton/Geograph

Jane Scullion, Calderdale Council's deputy leader, says the authority will be ready to welcome back visitors to the district "when it's safe to do so".

She says: "The coronavirus will be with us for some time, and our advice is still to stay at home as much as possible, avoid non-essential travel and always follow social distancing rules.

"We’ll be ready to showcase Calderdale’s distinctive tourism offer and to welcome visitors back with open arms when we are able, but safety remains our number one concern."

In the meantime, the council will continue to support the district's tourism organisations "to help them to adapt to the 'new normal' and ensure it's a safe place to visit for all," she added.

Tory MP criticises Dominic Cummings

Craig Whittaker MP
UK Parliament

A Conservative MP has described Dominic Cummings position as “untenable”

The PM's chief adviser is facing calls to quit amid claims he broke coronavirus lockdown rules by travelling to North East England from his London home.

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In a tweet, Craig Whittaker, who represents the Calder Valley in West Yorkshire, said although he was sure Mr Cummings took the decision in the best interests of his family. “You cannot advise the nation one thing then do the opposite.”

Flood-hit Calder Valley cafe 'sideswiped' by coronavirus

The owner of a cafe in West Yorkshire which was hit by Storm Ciara earlier this year says the business has been "totally sideswiped" by coronavirus.

Blue Teapot
BBC

Hundreds of homes and businesses were damaged when heavy rain caused flooding in the Calder Valley.

In the two months since, businesses in Mytholmroyd have worked hard to reopen.

Lisa Thwaites, whose cafe The Blue Teapot had been back open for a week when she had to close because of coronavirus restrictions, said: "We've just been devastated all over again."

"I survived the flood, we worked so hard to get back up and running again and in such a short space of time and now this has totally sideswiped us," she added.

Ms Thwaites has furloughed two employees but has been unable to get government wage grants for her part-time workers as the cafe was still closed on 28 February, which is the cut-off for the scheme.

She has applied for a £10,000 grant and is considering reopening as a delivery service with a skeleton staff, depending on the outcome of a review of the UK's lockdown.

Calder Valley flood aftermath meetings postponed

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Three of a series of drop-in events to offer support to Calderdale residents and businesses who were hit by serious flooding during Storm Ciara have been cancelled for the time being due to coronavirus.

Flooding in Todmorden
LDRS

The events were being held after about 500 homes and about 400 businesses were flooded in early February, with about 100mm of rain falling in one 12-18 hour period.

A number of drop-ins organised by the Environment Agency have already been held, but the decision to postpone the remaining three was taken to help protect people, particularly those who are elderly or vulnerable, from coronavirus.

Drop-in events were due to be held at Brighouse Civic Hall on Thursday and on Friday at Sowerby Bridge Cricket Club.

But the Environment Agency said it would work with partners to re-arrange the events when the health emergency situation improves.

Jo Arnold, senior flood risk adviser for Calderdale, said: “It is really disappointing to have to postpone these events as we had a good turnout to the ones held last week in Mytholmroyd, Elland and Todmorden and they were really useful."

Watch: Footage released of swiftly rising floodwater

Time-lapse footage captured during storms Ciara and Dennis has been released to show the speed at which water levels rose in parts of West Yorkshire.

The film was taken by the National Trust on the moors in the Calder and Colne Valleys.

During storm Ciara 100mm of rain fell in 12-hours, flooding hundreds of properties in Calderdale.

Meanwhile, in East Yorkshire, the Environment Agency (EA) says its continuing its pumping operation on the River Aire in the Snaith and East Cowick area, where more than 90 homes were recently flooded.

The EA has issued one flood warning at Snaith Ings, where flooding is still affecting some properties.