Leeds Central (UK Parliament constituency)
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Leeds Central in West Yorkshire.
Location of West Yorkshire within England.
|Electorate||80,912 (December 2010)|
|Member of Parliament||Hilary Benn (Labour)|
|Number of members||One|
|European Parliament constituency||Yorkshire and the Humber|
- 1 Boundaries
- 2 Constituency profile
- 3 History
- 4 Members of Parliament
- 5 Elections
- 6 See also
- 7 Notes and references
Since the Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies the seat has electoral wards:
- Beeston and Holbeck; Burmantofts and Richmond Hill; City and Hunslet; Hyde Park and Woodhouse; Middleton Park in the City of Leeds
The business and retail centre of Leeds is at the heart of the constituency. Despite this relatively affluent hub, the seat suffers from sporadic deprivation, typified by certain densely packed rows of terraced houses, home to many Labour-inclined and often low-income voters. Unemployment in the seat is relatively high compared to the national average. Leeds' two universities produce a significant student electorate.
The constituency was created in 1885 by the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885, and was first used in the general election of that year *the large Leeds seat had previously been represented by two MPs (1832–1868) and three MPs (1868–1885)). From 1885 it was represented by five single-member constituencies: Leeds Central, Leeds East, Leeds North, Leeds South and Leeds West. The constituencies of Morley, Otley and Pudsey were also created in 1885.
The constituency was abolished in 1955. After the 1955 general election Leeds was represented by Leeds East (created 1885, abolished 1918, recreated 1955), Leeds North East (created 1918), Leeds North West (created 1950), Leeds South (created 1885), and Leeds South East (created 1918). There were also constituencies of Batley and Morley (created 1918) and Pudsey (created 1885, replaced by Pudsey and Otley 1918-1950).
The constituency was re-created for the 1983 general election. After that election, Leeds was represented by Leeds Central, Leeds East, Leeds North East, Leeds North West, Leeds South East and Leeds West. There were also constituencies of Batley and Morley, and Pudsey.
Members of Parliament
|1885||Gerald William Balfour||Conservative|
|1922||Arthur Wellesley Willey||Conservative|
|1923 by-election||Sir Charles Henry Wilson||Conservative|
MPs since 1983
|1999 by-election||Hilary Benn||Labour|
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2010: Leeds Central|
|Liberal Democrat||Michael Taylor||7,789||20.8||−0.7|
|Independent||We Beat The Scum One-Nil||155||0.4||N/A|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Leeds Central|
|Liberal Democrat||Ruth Coleman||5,660||19.4||+6.2|
|Alliance for Change||Julian Fitzgerald||125||0.4||N/A|
|General Election 2001: Leeds Central|
|Liberal Democrat||Stewart Arnold||3,607||13.2||+2.0|
|Socialist Alliance||Stephen Johnston||751||2.8||N/A|
Elections in the 1990s
|Leeds Central by-election, 1999|
|Liberal Democrat||Peter Wild||4,068||30.8||+19.6|
|Leeds Left Alliance||Chris Hill||258||2.0||N/A|
|General Election 1997: Leeds Central|
|Liberal Democrat||David Freeman||4,164||11.3|
|Referendum Party||Philip Myers||1,042||2.8||N/A|
|Socialist Labour||Michael Rix||656||1.8||N/A|
|Socialist Alternative||Chris Hill||304||0.8||N/A|
|General Election 1992: Leeds Central|
|Conservative||Mrs TC Holdroyd||8,653||22.7||−2.8|
|Liberal Democrat||David Pratt||5,713||15.0||−2.9|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: Leeds Central|
|Social Democrat||Miss K.E. Lee||6,853||17.92|
|General Election 1983: Leeds Central|
|Labour win (new seat)|
Elections in the 1950s
|General Election 1951: Leeds Central|
|General Election 1950: Leeds Central|
|Liberal||V. L. R. Delepine||2,176||5.50|
Elections in the 1940s
|General Election 1945: Leeds Central|
|Conservative||Charles Spencer Denman||8,011||34.24|
|Labour gain from National Labour||Swing|
Elections in the 1930s
|General Election 1935: Leeds Central|
|National Labour||Richard Denman||17,747||56.43|
|National Labour hold||Swing|
|General Election 1931: Leeds Central|
|National Labour||Richard Denman||26,496||71.36|
|National Labour hold||Swing|
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- 2001 Census
- The Guardian constituency profile
- BBC (2008-07-11). "Election Records". BBC News. Retrieved 2008-07-11.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "L" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "UK > England > Yorkshire & the Humber > Leeds Central". Election 2010 (BBC). 7 May 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2010.
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.