Elmet (UK Parliament constituency)
|Former County constituency|
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Elmet in West Yorkshire for the 2005 general election.
Location of West Yorkshire within England.
|Major settlements||Garforth, Wetherby|
|Number of members||One|
|Replaced by||Elmet and Rothwell|
|Created from||Barkston Ash|
Elmet was a county constituency in West Yorkshire represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.
The constituency was created in 1983 to cover the far eastern wards of Leeds and neighbouring areas, notably Wetherby, Barwick-in-Elmet, Kippax, Garforth and Swillington. It also includes the Whinmoor area of east Leeds. Initially the Boundary Commission for England proposed calling the constituency Leeds East, with the existing Leeds East constituency being renamed Leeds East Central. This was opposed during local enquiries where the seat was instead named for the ancient kingdom of Elmet although it covers a significantly smaller area. Wetherby and Garforth are the largest settlements in the constituency.
Following their review of parliamentary representations in West Yorkshire, the Boundary Commission for England has created a new seat of Elmet and Rothwell. The Commission have reduced the number of seats in the region by one.
The constituency was created in 1983 from parts of the seats of Barkston Ash, Leeds East, and Normanton. Elmet was historically always a marginal seat due to the demographic makeup of the region, in contrast to Barkston Ash which was traditionally Tory.
After the 1983 general election the metropolitan district of the City of Leeds was represented by the constituencies of Elmet, Leeds Central, Leeds East, Leeds North East, Leeds North West, Leeds West, Morley and Leeds South and Pudsey.
Members of Parliament
|2010||constituency abolished: see Elmet and Rothwell|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Elmet|
|Liberal Democrat||Madeleine Kirk||5,923||12.6||+1.7|
|General Election 2001: Elmet|
|Liberal Democrat||Madeleine Kirk||5,001||10.9||+2.2|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1992: Elmet|
|Liberal Democrat||Mrs Ann Beck||6,144||10.5||−5.5|
Notes and references
- Marsh, David (24 April 2009). "Leeds MP Burgon is quitting - with blast at leaders". Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved 2009-04-25.
- Boundary Commission for England, Third Periodic Report, 1983
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "E" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010.