The recent local elections showed an average 4% swing towards the Labour Party from the Conservatives in Kirklees, when compared to the results in 2015. The Labour Party won the most council seats in Kirklees as well as achieving the highest percentage of the vote across all wards.
The stand out victories for Labour were in Colne Valley and Denby Dale. Councillor Graham Turner held Denby Dale despite a visit from a Government Minister in support of the Conservative campaign to unseat him, whilst Rob Walker gained Colne Valley from the former Liberal Democrat Mayor on the back of years of community campaigning for the NHS and against cuts to local services including his successful call for axed bus services to be reinstated in parts of the Colne Valley ward.
Kirklees Council has had its budget cut by £106 million, compared to Conservative controlled Oxfordshire council, which has seen an increase of £93 million.
If these results were replicated in a General Election year, all four Kirklees constituencies would have a Labour MP. This would have the most effect on Colne Valley constituency, replacing the incumbent Conservative with a Labour MP.
Colne Valley Labour Party Chairman James O'Flynn said "This swing in support shows that people are angry with this Conservative Government. People have lost their local services as a result of Government cuts, we are seeing the damage done to the NHS and social care by Tory policies, as well as hearing about the threats to our local schools. People are seeing the unfair way the Conservatives are making cuts in different areas of the country and are showing their frustration at the ballot box. I think people have seen Labour standing up to the Government on issues like tax credits and forced Academisation and realise that Labour is on your side."