Leeds City Council election, 2002

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Map of the results for the 2002 Leeds council election.

The Leeds City Council election took place on 2 May 2002 to elect members of City of Leeds Metropolitan Borough Council in West Yorkshire, England. Prior to the election, there had been several by-elections held with no change to the council composition. One third of the council was up for election and the Labour party stayed in overall control of the council.[1]

Campaign[edit]

33 seats were contested in the election with Labour defending 23 seats, the Conservatives 5, Liberal Democrats 4 and 1 independent.[2] Among the candidates who stood in the election was, Mark Collett, the leader of the youth wing of the British National Party, who stood in Harehills ward.[2]

Among the issued raised in the election were disaffection with the national Labour government, a recent reversed decision by the council to close day car centres for the elderly, privatisation of services, investment levels in schools and council tax levels.[3] Labour defended their record in control of the council, which they had run for the previous 22 years, in what was expected to be a hard fought contest.[4]

Election result[edit]

The results saw Labour maintain a majority on the council despite losing some seats to other parties.[5] They lost 2 seats to the Conservatives in Aireborough and Otley and Wharfedale, 2 to the Liberal Democrats in Headingley and Rothwell, and one each to an Independent in Morley North and the Greens in Wortley.[6] However Labour did gain one seat from the Liberal Democrats in Harehills and one in Hunslet from an Independent Socialist.[6] As a result they won 19 of the 33 seats contested meaning they had 57 of the 99 councillors on Leeds council.[6] Overall turnout in the election was 30.64%.[7]

Leeds Local Election Result 2002[6][8]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 19 2 6 -4 57.6 41.4 68,049 +2.2%
  Conservative 7 2 0 +2 21.2 29.2 47,947 -3.1%
  Liberal Democrat 5 2 1 +1 15.2 22.3 36,749 -0.5%
  Green 1 1 0 +1 3.0 4.5 7,332 +0.5%
  Independent 1 1 0 +1 3.0 1.4 2,228 +0.9%
  Leeds Left Alliance 0 0 0 0 0 0.8 1,265 -0.1%
  Socialist Alliance 0 0 0 0 0 0.2 392 +0.2%
  BNP 0 0 0 0 0 0.1 209 +0.0%
  Socialist Alternative 0 0 0 0 0 0.1 201 +0.0%
  Socialist Labour 0 0 0 0 0 0.05 77 +0.05%

This result had the following consequences for the total number of seats on the council after the elections:[9]

Party Previous council New council
Labour 61 57
Liberal Democrat 19 20
Conservative 16 18
Green 2 3
Independent 0 1
Independent Socialist 1 0
Total 99 99
Working majority   23    15 

Ward results[edit]

Aireborough[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Makhan Thakur 3,113 44.4 -2.7
Labour Tony Addison 2,646 37.7 +0.7
Liberal Democrat Ian Hutton 1,256 17.9 +2.0
Majority 467 6.7 -2.4
Turnout 7,015 37.9 +4.0
Conservative gain from Labour Swing -1.7
Armley[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alison Lowe 2,031 56.0 +5.7
Conservative Steven Welsh 670 18.5 -6.4
Green Luke Russell 468 12.9 +5.7
Liberal Democrat Barbara Thompson 459 12.7 -3.9
Majority 1,361 37.5 +12.1
Turnout 3,628 23.8 +3.1
Labour hold Swing +6.0
Barwick & Kippax[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Parker 3,908 55.8 +5.9
Conservative Alec Shellbrooke 2,218 31.6 -5.1
Liberal Democrat Anne Bagnall 607 8.7 -4.7
Green Elizabeth Holmes 198 2.8 +2.8
Socialist Labour Paul Dewhirst 77 1.1 +1.1
Majority 1,690 24.2 +9.0
Turnout 7,008 38.3 +7.4
Labour hold Swing +5.5
Beeston[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Angela Gabriel 1,763 51.2 +5.4
Conservative William Birch 1,047 30.4 -3.1
Liberal Democrat Kathleen Fenton 431 12.5 -5.4
Socialist Alliance Michael Dear 102 3.0 +3.0
Green Janet Pritchard 102 3.0 +0.1
Majority 716 20.8 +8.5
Turnout 3,445 28.9 +4.8
Labour hold Swing +4.2
Bramley[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Denise Atkinson 2,044 52.7 +13.1
Liberal Democrat John Burke 1,306 33.7 -12.7
Conservative Michael Best 368 9.5 -2.0
Green Colin Avison 160 4.1 +1.7
Majority 738 19.0 +12.2
Turnout 3,878 23.9 +2.9
Labour hold Swing +12.9
Burmantofts[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Garvani 1,608 46.8 -16.2
Liberal Democrat Ralph Pryke 1,513 44.0 +24.3
Conservative Patricia Hyde 211 6.1 -7.7
Green Simon Blanchard 107 3.1 +0.6
Majority 95 2.8 -40.5
Turnout 3,439 27.4 +6.8
Labour hold Swing -20.2
Chapel Allerton[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Neil Taggart 2,346 52.6 +5.1
Leeds Left Alliance Garth Frankland 957 21.4 -2.0
Conservative Jacqueline Zander 632 14.2 +1.0
Liberal Democrat Malcolm Silver 527 11.8 -4.1
Majority 1,389 31.2 +7.1
Turnout 4,462 31.4 +0.5
Labour hold Swing +3.5
City & Holbeck[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Patrick Davey 1,856 61.6 +5.4
Conservative Richard Laycock 640 21.2 +2.8
Liberal Democrat Sitara Khan 317 10.5 -5.2
Socialist Alternative David Jones 201 6.7 +2.1
Majority 1,216 40.4 +2.6
Turnout 3,014 20.0 +2.5
Labour hold Swing +1.3
Cookridge[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Carter 3,293 53.8 +4.7
Labour Ian McCargo 1,397 22.8 +2.7
Liberal Democrat Janet Bates 1,205 19.7 -8.9
Green Peter Scarth 225 3.7 +1.5
Majority 1,896 31.0 +10.5
Turnout 6,120 37.0 +0.0
Conservative hold Swing +1.0
Garforth & Swillington[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Karen Marshall 3,244 51.6 +0.9
Conservative Robert Semple 1,941 30.9 +0.0
Liberal Democrat Ian Dowling 1,105 17.6 -0.9
Majority 1,303 20.7 +0.9
Turnout 6,290 33.8 +4.7
Labour hold Swing +0.4
Halton[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lee Benson 2,640 43.4 +3.6
Conservative David Schofield 2,500 41.1 -6.4
Liberal Democrat David Hollingsworth 730 12.0 -0.7
Green Robert Murphy 208 3.4 +3.4
Majority 140 2.3 -5.4
Turnout 6,078 33.9 +2.7
Labour hold Swing +5.0
Harehills[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Roger Harrington 2,858 51.8 +9.0
Liberal Democrat Javaid Akhtar 2,184 39.6 -10.2
BNP Mark Collett 209 3.8 +3.8
Conservative Karl Steenson 168 3.0 -1.4
Green Christopher Hudson 99 1.8 -0.3
Majority 674 12.2 +5.2
Turnout 5,518 40.5 +9.0
Labour gain from Liberal Democrat Swing +9.6
Headingley[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Martin Hamilton 1,885 48.7 +6.8
Labour Doreen Illingworth 1,154 29.8 -7.7
Green Lesley Jeffries 390 10.1 -0.5
Conservative Daniel Riley 289 7.5 -2.5
Socialist Alliance Katherine Owen 156 4.0 +4.0
Majority 731 18.9 +14.5
Turnout 3,874 18.8 +2.5
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing +7.2
Horsforth[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Christopher Townsley 2,764 44.2 +4.4
Conservative Richard Hardcastle 2,145 34.3 -2.3
Labour Ted Hanley 1,110 17.8 -2.7
Green Andrea Binns 230 3.7 +0.6
Majority 619 9.9 +6.7
Turnout 6,249 36.0 +3.8
Liberal Democrat hold Swing +3.3
Hunslet[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Judith Blake 1,535 68.2 -2.3
Liberal Democrat James Graham 304 13.5 -9.9
Conservative Anthony Larvin 279 12.4 +12.4
Green Francis Gray 86 3.8 -2.3
Socialist Alliance James Jackson 47 2.1 +2.1
Majority 1,231 54.7 +7.6
Turnout 2,251 20.6 +2.7
Labour gain from Independent Socialist Swing +3.8
Kirkstall[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Bernard Atha 2,142 57.6 -3.2
Liberal Democrat Natasha De Vere 587 15.8 +1.9
Conservative Ian Richmond 508 13.7 -3.8
Green Martin Reed 480 12.9 +5.1
Majority 1,555 41.8 -1.5
Turnout 3,717 25.0 +3.1
Labour hold Swing -2.5
Middleton[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Langham 2,052 63.6 +4.4
Conservative Robert Allen 567 17.6 -8.6
Liberal Democrat Sadie Fisher 422 13.1 +1.4
Green Patricia Capstick 183 5.7 +2.9
Majority 1,485 46.0 +13.0
Turnout 3,224 21.7 +3.0
Labour hold Swing +6.5
Moortown[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Brenda Lancaster 3,132 55.2 +5.4
Labour Barry Young 1,500 26.5 +1.6
Conservative Christopher Ingoldby 907 16.0 -5.6
Leeds Left Alliance Michael Davies 130 2.3 +1.0
Majority 1,632 28.7 +3.8
Turnout 5,669 35.3 +0.7
Liberal Democrat hold Swing +1.9
Morley North[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Robert Finnigan 2,228 37.8 +37.8
Labour Graham Platt 1,762 29.9 -14.0
Conservative Keely Jamieson 1,351 22.9 -17.9
Liberal Democrat Christine Golton 405 6.9 -3.9
Green Irene Dracup 150 2.5 -2.0
Majority 466 7.9 +4.8
Turnout 5,896 30.5 +4.5
Independent gain from Labour Swing +25.9
Morley South[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sherry Bradley 2,631 53.2 +2.0
Conservative David Boynton 1,433 29.0 -2.7
Liberal Democrat Rochelle Harris 880 17.8 +4.5
Majority 1,198 24.2 +4.7
Turnout 4,944 22.4 +2.3
Labour hold Swing +2.3
North[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ronnie Feldman 2,996 45.7 +5.6
Liberal Democrat Judith Chapman 2,312 35.3 -8.0
Labour Debra Coupar 1,193 18.2 +3.7
Leeds Left Alliance Brian Jackson 51 0.8 +0.3
Majority 684 10.4 +7.1
Turnout 6,552 38.8 +3.1
Conservative hold Swing +6.8
Otley & Wharfedale[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nigel Francis 3,420 44.2 +6.7
Labour John Eveleigh 2,268 29.3 +5.5
Liberal Democrat James Hoskins 1,793 23.2 -4.0
Green Paul Marchant 262 3.4 +1.5
Majority 1,152 14.9 +4.6
Turnout 7,743 40.8 +2.2
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +0.6
Pudsey North[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Frank Robinson 3,505 52.1 -14.0
Labour Michael King 2,167 32.2 +8.9
Liberal Democrat Christine Wilson 832 12.4 +1.8
Green Susan Turnbull 220 3.3 +3.3
Majority 1,338 19.9 -22.9
Turnout 6,724 37.7 +3.2
Conservative hold Swing -11.4
Pudsey South[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Richard Lewis 2,699 48.1 +4.2
Conservative Helen Widdas 2,027 36.2 -4.4
Liberal Democrat Christine Glover 648 11.6 -0.9
Green Yvonne Clarke 233 4.2 +1.2
Majority 672 11.9 +8.6
Turnout 5,607 33.3 +6.2
Labour hold Swing +4.3
Richmond Hill[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Eamonn McGee 1,839 71.1 +3.8
Liberal Democrat Keith Norman 406 15.7 +0.7
Conservative Michael Wheeler 255 9.9 -2.5
Socialist Alliance Steven Skinner 87 3.4 +3.4
Majority 1,433 55.4 +3.1
Turnout 2,587 26.9 +7.0
Labour hold Swing +1.5
Rothwell[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Keith Willey 2,658 48.2 +3.3
Labour Alec Hudson 2,253 40.8 +1.8
Conservative John Cowling 606 11.0 -5.1
Majority 405 7.4 +1.5
Turnout 5,517 34.1 +6.0
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing +0.7
Roundhay[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Harrand 2,675 41.0 -3.3
Labour Irene O'Grady 2,586 39.7 -0.8
Liberal Democrat John Skinner 900 13.8 +2.7
Green Colin Johnston 233 3.6 +1.0
Leeds Left Alliance Malcolm Christie 127 1.9 +0.4
Majority 89 1.3 -2.5
Turnout 6,521 39.3 +1.5
Conservative hold Swing -1.2
Seacroft[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Michael Davey 2,197 80.2 +6.5
Liberal Democrat Pauline Davies 502 18.3 +10.0
Conservative Donald Townsley 42 1.5 -11.2
Majority 1,695 61.9 +0.9
Turnout 2,741 23.5 +1.1
Labour hold Swing -1.7
University[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Patrick Hall 1,447 56.9 -2.7
Liberal Democrat Arif Hussain 514 20.2 +2.7
Conservative Robert Winfield 345 13.6 +2.0
Green Bluebell Eikonoklastes 235 9.2 +0.4
Majority 933 36.7 -5.4
Turnout 2,541 16.6 +2.2
Labour hold Swing -2.7
Weetwood[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Stewart Golton 2,515 44.7 +4.0
Labour Alex Sobel 1,780 31.7 -4.6
Conservative Graham Castle 985 17.5 -1.3
Green David Webb 343 6.1 +1.9
Majority 735 13.0 +8.6
Turnout 5,623 34.4 +0.4
Liberal Democrat hold Swing +4.3
Wetherby[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Proctor 4,940 66.0 -2.7
Labour James Lewis 1,581 21.1 +2.0
Liberal Democrat Edmund Conybeare 960 12.8 +0.6
Majority 3,359 44.9 -4.7
Turnout 7,481 36.6 +2.6
Conservative hold Swing -2.3
Whinmoor[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Pauleen Grahame 2,211 54.5 +4.4
Conservative Valerie Kendall 1,370 33.8 -3.9
Liberal Democrat Michael Welby 473 11.7 -0.5
Majority 841 20.7 +8.3
Turnout 4,054 32.3 +6.1
Labour hold Swing +4.1
Wortley[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Ann Blackburn 2,720 54.0 -1.5
Labour Malcolm Bedford 1,601 31.8 +3.8
Conservative Glenn Broadbent 501 9.9 -2.4
Liberal Democrat John Ewens 217 4.3 +0.1
Majority 1,119 22.2 -5.3
Turnout 5,039 29.7 +1.6
Green gain from Labour Swing -2.6

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