General Election 2010: Huddersfield stays Labour - with a smaller majority
May 7 2010 By David Himelfield
Barry Sheerman at the Huddersfield count
LABOUR MP Barry Sheerman is to take his Huddersfield seat in Parliament after he was voted in for the eighth consecutive time.
This morning Mr Sheerman won 15,725 votes, a majority of 4,472 over his nearest opponent, Conservative Karen Tweed.
But Mr Sheerman’s majority has shrunk from 8,351 votes in the 2005 General Election.
Yesterday’s Huddersfield election enjoyed a higher than average turnout with about 62% of voters visiting the polling stations.
Third place went to Liberal Democrat James Blanchard with Green Andrew Cooper, BNP Rachel Firth and Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition Paul Cooney taking fourth, fifth and sixth places respectively.
The result was declared at 4.48am this morning.
In his acceptance speech Mr Sheerman praised his voters, election team, the vote counters, election officials and his opponents.
But Mr Sheerman, 69, was keen to discredit Conservative leader David Cameron’s notion of ‘broken Britain’.
Mr Sheerman said: "One thing I deeply resent was one party leader who said this was a broken Britain.
"Going around this wonderful town it’s not broken. It’s unbroken but proud.
"I think we had a fantastic response to the election today. Most were determined to vote and vote on their beliefs."
Following the declaration Mr Sheerman said: "I never take anything for granted. We fight it hard. We went to every part of Huddersfield and talked to the people, campaigned hard and I think that’s what you have to do.
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"It’s exhausting. I’ve been pounding the streets of Huddersfield for a month, but I enjoy that. I love reconnecting with the people that vote for me and the people that don’t.
"It’s exhausting but I’m very pleased to have won and be representing Huddersfield again in Parliament."
Mr Sheerman added he was not overly concerned about the drop in his majority.
He said: "I’ve been down to a smaller majority and there’s been the swing to the Conservatives but the next election that swing will come back.
"I’ve been as low as 3,900 and as high as 15,500...
"But what I would say to you is this isn’t a broken society, a broken Britain or a broken Huddersfield. It’s a Huddersfield that is proud to be working together.
"If you look at the voting there is an enormous percentage of people in this town who do not want a Cameron government and do not want a government run for London and the South."