Leeds City Council election, 1998

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Map of the results for the 1998 Leeds council election.

The 1998 Leeds City Council election took place on 7 May 1998 to elect members of City of Leeds Metropolitan Borough Council in West Yorkshire, England. One third of the council, alongside a vacancy in Wortley (following Fabian Hamilton's election as Leeds North East MP) were up for election. In the interim Horsforth councillor, Roger Harris, had defected from Labour to the Liberal Democrats.

The Labour party stayed in overall control of the council.[1] Overall turnout in the election was 24.66%.[2]

Election result[edit]

Leeds Local Election Result 1998[1][2][3]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 25 1 3 -2 73.5 49.3 64,368 -6.9%
  Conservative 5 1 0 +1 14.7 27.8 36,303 +3.9%
  Liberal Democrat 3 1 1 0 8.8 19.7 25,723 +2.4%
  Green 1 1 0 +1 2.9 2.3 2,997 +0.4%
  Independent 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.5 642 +0.5%
  Socialist Alternative 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.3 433 +0.2%
  Independent Labour 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.2 209 +0.1%

This result had the following consequences for the total number of seats on the council after the elections:[4]

Party Previous council New council
Labour 82 80
Conservative 8 9
Liberal Democrat 9 9
Green 0 1
Total 99 99
Working majority   65    61 

Ward results[edit]

Aireborough[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Moira Dunn 2,862 46.7 +0.6
Conservative Graham Latty 2,240 36.5 +2.5
Liberal Democrat Janet Brown 1,033 16.8 -3.1
Majority 622 10.1 -2.0
Turnout 6,135 31.0
Labour hold Swing -0.9
Armley[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alison Lowe 1,830 62.6 -5.3
Liberal Democrat Andrew Davies 491 16.8 +9.6
Conservative Steven Welsh 469 16.1 +4.0
Independent Keith Rushworth 132 4.5 +4.5
Majority 1,339 45.8 -10.1
Turnout 2,922 18.5
Labour hold Swing -7.4
Barwick & Kippax[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Parker 3,103 61.7 -8.5
Conservative Jack Stott 1,303 25.9 +5.2
Liberal Democrat David Lindley 624 12.4 +3.3
Majority 1,800 35.8 -13.7
Turnout 5,030 27.8
Labour hold Swing -6.8
Beeston[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Angela Gabriel 1,362 55.2 -18.0
Conservative William Birch 490 19.9 +5.4
Liberal Democrat Shaun Dolan 475 19.3 +10.6
Socialist Alternative Kevin Pattison 91 3.7 +3.7
Green Janet Pritchard 49 2.0 -1.7
Majority 872 35.3 -23.4
Turnout 2,467 19.7
Labour hold Swing -11.7
Bramley[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Angela Atkinson 1,863 69.3 -9.1
Liberal Democrat David Revett 416 15.5 +8.4
Conservative Michael Best 409 15.2 +7.2
Majority 1,447 53.8 -16.6
Turnout 2,688 16.3
Labour hold Swing -8.2
Burmantofts[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Malcolm Hardy 1,820 69.1 -4.6
Liberal Democrat Malcolm Betteridge 603 22.9 +2.4
Conservative Dorothy Schofield 211 8.0 +2.3
Majority 1,217 46.2 -7.0
Turnout 2,634 19.5
Labour hold Swing -3.5
Chapel Allerton[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Neil Taggart 2,204 68.9 -3.9
Conservative Valerie Kendall 563 17.6 +3.3
Liberal Democrat Brenda Lancaster 432 13.5 +5.0
Majority 1,641 51.3 -7.3
Turnout 3,199 20.9
Labour hold Swing -3.6
City & Holbeck[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Christiana Myers 1,788 66.3 -13.0
Conservative David Boynton 339 12.6 +3.1
Liberal Democrat David Pratt 272 10.1 -1.1
Socialist Alternative David Jones 197 7.3 +7.3
Green Tania Jackson 100 3.7 +3.7
Majority 1,449 53.7 -14.5
Turnout 2,696 17.2
Labour hold Swing -8.0
Cookridge[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Carter 2,848 55.1 +6.4
Labour John Garvan 1,503 29.1 -6.0
Liberal Democrat Janet Bates 822 15.9 -0.4
Majority 1,345 26.0 +12.4
Turnout 5,173 31.2
Conservative hold Swing +6.2
Garforth & Swillington[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Karen Groves 3,105 63.3 -8.5
Conservative Alan Lamby 1,109 22.6 +6.0
Liberal Democrat Ian Dowling 691 14.1 +2.5
Majority 1,996 40.7 -14.5
Turnout 4,905 26.1
Labour hold Swing -7.2
Halton[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lee Benson 2,100 46.3 -8.0
Conservative William Hyde 1,826 40.3 +7.5
Liberal Democrat David Hollingsworth 605 13.4 +3.4
Majority 274 6.0 -15.5
Turnout 4,531 25.3
Labour hold Swing -7.7
Harehills[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Abdul Malik 1,787 60.7 -11.7
Liberal Democrat Alan Taylor 674 22.9 +8.8
Conservative Donald Townsley 274 9.3 -4.2
Independent Labour Thomas Wray 209 7.1 +7.1
Majority 1,113 37.8 -20.6
Turnout 2,944 20.0
Labour hold Swing -10.2
Headingley[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Doreen Illingworth 1,223 48.7 -14.2
Liberal Democrat Darren Finlay 599 23.8 +7.9
Conservative Paul Mowbray 414 16.5 +3.5
Green Lesley Jeffries 277 11.0 +2.8
Majority 624 24.8 -22.2
Turnout 2,513 12.5
Labour hold Swing -11.0
Horsforth[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Christopher Townsley 2,539 46.2 +17.4
Conservative Lucy Clapham 1,513 27.5 -2.3
Labour Brian Selby 1,254 22.8 -18.6
Green Elizabeth Holmes 105 1.9 +1.9
Independent George Williamson 90 1.6 +1.6
Majority 1,026 18.7 +7.1
Turnout 5,501 31.6
Liberal Democrat hold Swing +9.8
Hunslet[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mark Davies 1,564 78.2 -7.2
Conservative Anthony Larvin 188 9.4 +1.9
Liberal Democrat Pauline Bardon 170 8.5 +1.4
Green Susan Brierley 79 3.9 +3.9
Majority 1,376 68.8 -9.1
Turnout 2,001 17.2
Labour hold Swing -4.5
Kirkstall[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Bernard Atha 1,993 67.2 -9.0
Conservative David Higgott 433 14.6 +5.5
Liberal Democrat Barbara Thompson 322 10.9 +4.9
Green Mark Pedlar 218 7.3 +1.4
Majority 1,560 52.6 -14.5
Turnout 2,966 18.6
Labour hold Swing -7.2
Middleton[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Linda Middleton 1,940 74.2 -7.3
Conservative David Schofield 359 13.7 +6.4
Liberal Democrat Ann Norman 315 12.1 +0.9
Majority 1,581 60.5 -9.9
Turnout 2,614 18.4
Labour hold Swing -6.8
Moortown[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Bill Winlow 2,394 48.1 -5.5
Labour Sheila Saunders 1,676 33.7 +3.4
Conservative Elizabeth Dibble 906 18.2 +2.1
Majority 718 14.4 -8.9
Turnout 4,976 31.7
Liberal Democrat hold Swing -4.4
Morley North[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Frances Jones 2,327 53.8 -4.6
Conservative Robert Tesseyman 1,298 30.0 -2.7
Liberal Democrat Quentin Brown 411 9.5 +0.5
Independent Peter Walsh 292 6.7 +6.7
Majority 1,029 23.8 -1.8
Turnout 4,328 23.0
Labour hold Swing -0.9
Morley South[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sherry Bradley 2,368 60.7 -1.4
Conservative Stephen Kearns 949 24.3 +9.7
Liberal Democrat David Brayshaw 502 14.9 -8.3
Majority 1,419 36.4 -2.4
Turnout 3,819 18.4
Labour hold Swing -5.5
North[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ronald Feldman 2,122 38.1 +6.1
Liberal Democrat Jane Abramson 1,950 35.0 -1.7
Labour Andrew Bell 1,494 26.8 -4.3
Majority 172 3.1 -1.6
Turnout 5,566 32.9
Conservative hold Swing +3.9
Otley & Wharfedale[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Philip Coyne 2,251 34.7 -2.3
Conservative Christine Smith 2,182 33.6 -2.3
Liberal Democrat Brian Jennings 2,058 31.7 +4.6
Majority 69 1.1 +0.1
Turnout 6,491 34.6
Labour gain from Liberal Democrat Swing +0.0
Pudsey North[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Frank Robinson 2,661 46.2 -4.7
Labour Janet Harper 2,501 43.4 +4.7
Liberal Democrat David Marsay-Smith 600 10.4 +0.0
Majority 160 2.8 -9.3
Turnout 5,762 32.4
Conservative gain from Labour Swing -4.7
Pudsey South[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Richard Lewis 2,262 55.1 -0.6
Conservative Sheila Jackson 1,040 25.3 +7.2
Liberal Democrat Nigel Amor 716 17.4 -5.9
Green Graham Illingworth 90 2.2 -0.6
Majority 1,222 29.7 -2.6
Turnout 4,108 24.3
Labour hold Swing -3.9
Richmond Hill[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Eamonn McGee 1,658 77.4 -7.0
Liberal Democrat Keith Norman 300 14.0 +3.5
Conservative Alan Rhodes 184 8.6 +3.5
Majority 1,358 63.4 -10.6
Turnout 2,142 16.1
Labour hold Swing -5.2
Rothwell[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alec Hudson 2,015 59.1 -5.6
Conservative John Cowling 712 20.9 +7.1
Liberal Democrat Mitchell Galdas 682 20.0 -1.5
Majority 1,303 38.2 -5.1
Turnout 3,409 22.3
Labour hold Swing -6.3
Roundhay[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Harrand 2,299 43.6 +7.7
Labour Mohammed Iqbal 1,940 36.8 -8.0
Liberal Democrat Ann Skinner 1,031 19.6 +2.5
Majority 359 6.8 -2.1
Turnout 5,270 31.5
Conservative hold Swing +7.8
Seacroft[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Arthur Vollans 1,983 75.4 -11.9
Conservative Patricia Hyde 272 10.3 +3.8
Liberal Democrat Sadie Fisher 194 7.4 +1.1
Independent Raymond Northgreaves 128 4.9 +4.9
Green Michael Bolton 54 2.1 +2.1
Majority 1,711 65.0 -15.8
Turnout 2,631 21.4
Labour hold Swing -7.8
University[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Brian Dale 1,327 63.0 -10.9
Liberal Democrat Shirley Broadbent 289 13.7 +4.2
Conservative Robert Winfield 217 10.3 +1.2
Socialist Alternative Chris Hill 145 6.9 -0.7
Green Paul Eade 130 6.2 +6.2
Majority 1,038 49.2 -15.2
Turnout 2,108 12.9
Labour hold Swing -7.5
Weetwood[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Stewart Golton 2,200 40.1 +1.7
Labour Eileen Moxon 1,954 35.7 -4.5
Conservative Ann Castle 1,155 21.1 +2.4
Green David Webb 171 3.1 +0.4
Majority 246 4.5 +2.7
Turnout 5,480 34.1
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing +3.1
Wetherby[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Procter 3,960 62.1 +5.6
Labour Reginald Steel 1,807 28.4 -3.7
Liberal Democrat Sarah May 605 9.5 -1.8
Majority 2,153 33.8 +9.3
Turnout 6,372 30.8
Conservative hold Swing +4.6
Whinmoor[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Martin Hemingway 1,644 58.1 -10.2
Conservative Richard Williams 854 30.2 +9.8
Liberal Democrat Graham Roberts 333 11.8 +3.1
Majority 790 27.9 -20.0
Turnout 2,831 20.7
Labour hold Swing -10.0
Wortley[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Malcolm Bedford 1,860 42.4 -11.7
Green David Blackburn 1,724 39.3 +11.0
Labour Daphne Riley 1,423
Green Claire Nash 1,106
Conservative Glenn Broadbent 504 11.5 +1.5
Conservative Ruby Patel 324
Liberal Democrat Michael Daly 295 6.7 -0.8
Majority 301 3.1 -22.7
Turnout 4,383 24.5
Labour hold Swing
Green gain from Labour Swing +11.3

By-elections between 1998 and 1999[edit]

Bramley by-election 6 August 1998[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat David Revett 1,965 63.9 +48.4
Labour Stephen Simpson 876 28.5 -40.8
Conservative Steven Welsh 142 4.6 -10.6
Socialist Alternative David Jones 48 1.6 +1.6
Green Paul Eade 44 1.4 +1.4
Majority 1,089 35.4 -18.4
Turnout 3,075 18.6 +2.3
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing +44.6

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Local Elections results". The Times. 1998-05-09. p. 46. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai "Election of Councillors : May 1998". leeds.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 1999-10-23. Retrieved 2012-12-20. 
  3. ^ "Local Election Results, 1999". Centre for Research into Elections and Social Trends. Retrieved 2010-02-08. 
  4. ^ "Policy and politics: Local Elections: Analysis: Council poll results". The Guardian. 1998-05-09. p. 16. 
  5. ^ "Bramley By-Election 6th August 1998". leeds.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 1999-02-09. Retrieved 2012-12-20.