Leeds East (UK Parliament constituency)

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Leeds East
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Leeds East in West Yorkshire.
Outline map
Location of West Yorkshire within England.
County West Yorkshire
Electorate 64,742 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1955
Member of Parliament George Mudie (Labour)
18851918
Number of members One
Type of constituency Borough constituency
Replaced by Leeds North East
Leeds South East
Created from Leeds
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency Yorkshire and the Humber

Leeds East is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1992 by George Mudie of the Labour Party.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency covers the eastern part of the city of Leeds.

Since the boundary changes which took effect at the 2010 General Election it has been made up of four electoral wards:

History[edit]

The constituency was created in 1885 by the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885, and was first used in the general election of that year. Leeds 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 1918. After the 1918 general election, Leeds was represented by Leeds Central, Leeds North, Leeds North-East (created 1918), Leeds South, Leeds South-East (created 1918), and Leeds West.

The constituency was recreated in 1955. After the 1955 general election Leeds was represented by Leeds East (created 1885, abolished 1918, recreated 1955), Leeds North East, Leeds North West (created 1950), Leeds South and Leeds South East. There were also constituencies of Batley and Morley (created 1918) and Pudsey and Otley (created 1918, replacing Pudsey).

Labour's Denis Healey held the seat from recreation for 28 years and was Chancellor of the Exchequer during part of this time.

Members of Parliament[edit]

MPs 1885–1918[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1885 Richard Dawson
1886 John Lawrence Gane Liberal
1895 Thomas Richmond Leuty Liberal
1900 Henry Struther Cautley, later Baron Cautley Conservative
1906 James O'Grady Labour
1918 constituency abolished

MPs 1955–present[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1955 Denis Healey Labour
1992 George Mudie Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Leeds East[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Richard Burgon
Liberal Democrat Edward Sanderson
General Election 2010: Leeds East[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Mudie 19,056 50.4 −9.4
Conservative Barry Anderson 8,763 23.2 +1.6
Liberal Democrat Andrew Tear 6,618 17.5 +0.3
BNP Trevor Brown 2,947 7.8 +7.8
Alliance for Green Socialism Mike Davies[6] 429 1.1 +1.1
Majority 10,293 27.2
Turnout 37,813 58.1 +2.0
Labour hold Swing −5.5

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Leeds East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Mudie 17,799 59.1 −3.8
Liberal Democrat Andrew Tear 6,221 20.7 +7.2
Conservative Dominic Ponniah 5,557 18.6 −0.8
Independent Peter Socrates 500 1.7 +1.7
Majority 11,578 38.5 −8.4
Turnout 30,107 55.0 +3.5
Labour hold Swing −5.5
General Election 2001: Leeds East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Mudie 18,290 62.9 −4.5
Conservative Barry Anderson 5,647 19.4 +0.8
Liberal Democrat Brian Jennings 3,923 13.5 +3.2
UKIP Raymond Northgreaves 634 2.2 N/A
Socialist Labour Mark King 419 1.4 N/A
Independent Peter Socrates 142 0.5 N/A
Majority 12,643 43.5 −5.3
Turnout 29,055 51.5 −11.3
Labour hold Swing −2.7

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Leeds East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Mudie 24,151 67.5 +9.8
Conservative John Emsley 6,685 18.7 −9.6
Liberal Democrat Madeleine Kirk 3,689 10.3 −3.7
Referendum Party Leon Parrish 1,267 3.5 N/A
Majority 17,466 48.8 +19.4
Turnout 35,792 62.8 −7.2
Labour hold Swing 9.7
General Election 1992: Leeds East[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Mudie 24,929 57.7 +9.0
Conservative Neil Carmichael 12,232 28.3 +1.8
Liberal Democrat Peter Wrigley 6,040 14.0 −10.8
Majority 12,697 29.4 +7.2
Turnout 43,201 70.0 −0.2
Labour hold Swing 3.6

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Leeds East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Denis Healey 20,932 48.7 +5.0
Conservative John Stuart Woodward Sheard 11,406 26.6 −2.7
Liberal Margaret G. Clay 10,630 24.7 −1.1
Majority 9,526 22.2 +7.7
Turnout 22,968 70.2 +4.0
Labour hold Swing +3.9
General Election 1983: Leeds East[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Denis Healey 18,450 43.8 −11.7
Conservative A. Bell 12,355 29.3 −4.0
Liberal Margaret G. Clay 10,884 25.8 +16.0
National Front Andrew Brons 475 1.1 +0.2
Majority 6,095 14.5 −7.7
Turnout 42,164 66.3 −4.2
Labour hold Swing −3.9

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Leeds East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Denis Healey 26,346 55.43
Conservative A. Carter 15,810 33.26
Liberal M.L. Ellis 4,622 9.72
National Front John Stewart Rigby 445 0.94
Ecology A.C. Hill 206 0.43
Workers Revolutionary Barbara Slaughter 103 0.22
Majority 10,536 22.17
Turnout 70.89
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Leeds East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Denis Healey 24,745 55.64
Conservative J.W. Dawson 12,434 27.96
Liberal S. Marsh 6,970 15.67
People Party N. Russell 327 0.74
Majority 12,311 27.68
Turnout 65.66
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Leeds East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Denis Healey 25,550 50.60
Conservative Anthony Nelson 15,036 29.78
Liberal S. Marsh 9,906 19.62
Majority 10,514 20.82
Turnout 75.26
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1970: Leeds East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Denis Healey 28,827 57.14
Conservative P. Crotty 21,112 41.85
Communist J. Bellamy 513 1.02
Majority 7,715 15.29
Turnout 65.87
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Leeds East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Denis Healey 30,073 61.54
Conservative A.R.M. Graham 18,796 38.46
Majority 11,277 23.08
Turnout 72.73
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1964: Leeds East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Denis Healey 29,480 57.86
Conservative J.A. Fawcett 21,474 42.14
Majority 8,006 15.71
Turnout 76.11
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Leeds East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Denis Healey 28,707 54.55
Conservative J.A. Fawcett 23,922 45.45
Majority 4,785 9.09
Turnout 79.65
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1955: Leeds East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Denis Healey 26,083 55.23
Conservative C.D. Chapman 21,144 44.77
Majority 4,939 10.46
Turnout 76.24
Labour hold Swing

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A borough constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. ^ As with all constituencies, the constituency elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.
References
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Altrincham and Sale
Constituency represented by the Chancellor of the Exchequer
1974–1979
Succeeded by
Surrey East