Leeds North West (UK Parliament constituency)

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Leeds North West
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Leeds North West in West Yorkshire.
Outline map
Location of West Yorkshire within England.
County West Yorkshire
(West Riding of Yorkshire until 1974)
Electorate 65,047 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Yeadon, Otley and Headingley
Current constituency
Created 1950
Member of Parliament Greg Mulholland (Liberal Democrat)
Number of members One
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency Yorkshire and the Humber

Leeds North West is a constituency[n 1] in the City of Leeds which is represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2005 by Greg Mulholland, a Liberal Democrat.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency covers the north western part of the metropolitan borough of the City of Leeds, West Yorkshire. It stretches from Yeadon in the north west and Otley in the north east to Headingley in the south in terms of major settlements.

Since the 2010 boundary changes it is made up of four Leeds City Council wards:

History[edit]

The constituency was created in 1950, as Leeds North-West; the name was changed by dropping the hyphen in 1955. Before the 1950 general election, Leeds was represented by the constituencies of: Leeds Central, Leeds North, Leeds South, Leeds West, (all created 1885); Leeds North-East and Leeds South-East (both created 1918). There were also constituencies of Batley and Morley (created 1918) and Pudsey and Otley (created 1918 replacing Pudsey). Leeds North West was created before the 1950 election, and at the same time the Pudsey and Otley constituency was abolished, re-creating the Pudsey constituency and moving Otley into the Ripon constituency. The Leeds North West boundary was revised prior to the 1983 general election, bringing in Otley and the nearby villages of Bramhope, Pool-in-Wharfedale and Arthington from the abolition of the Ripon constituency.

The constituency was held for the Conservative Party by Donald Kaberry from its creation in 1950 until his retirement in 1983, and then by Keith Hampson (1983–1997), who had previously been MP for Ripon. It was taken for Labour in the 1997 general election by Harold Best, who was re-elected in the 2001 general election. Best retired at the 2005 general election. The seat was contested for Labour by Judith Blake (at that time Deputy Leader of the Labour Group on Leeds City Council, and later also Labour's candidate in the 2010 general election), but it was taken for the Liberal Democrats by Greg Mulholland.

Constituency profile[edit]

This constituency has one of the biggest student populations in the country; over a quarter of the electorate,[2] comprises outer Leeds suburbs being professional, middle-to-high income and residential.[3]

It is within the Yorkshire and the Humber European Parliament constituency, which as of May 2014 is represented by by three UKIP, two Labour, and one Conservative MEPs.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[4] Party
1950 Sir Donald Kaberry Conservative
1983 Keith Hampson Conservative
1997 Harold Best Labour
2005 Greg Mulholland Liberal Democrat

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Leeds North West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Greg Mulholland
Labour Alex Sobel[5]
General Election 2010: Leeds North West[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Greg Mulholland 20,653 47.5 +10.6
Conservative Julia Mulligan 11,550 26.6 -0.3
Labour Judith Blake 9,132 21.0 -10.9
BNP Geoffrey Bulmer 766 1.8 +1.8
UKIP Mark Thackray 600 1.4 +1.4
Green Martin Hemingway 508 1.2 -1.5
English Democrats Alan Procter 153 0.4 -1.0
Alliance for Green Socialism Trevor Bavage 121 0.3 -0.2
Majority 9,103 20.9
Turnout 43,484 66.5 +3.7
Liberal Democrat hold Swing +5.4

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

Leeds North West is shown here after the 2005 general election as the only Liberal Democrat constituency in West Yorkshire.
General Election 2005: Leeds North West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Greg Mulholland 16,612 37.2 +10.3
Labour Judith Blake 14,735 33.0 −8.9
Conservative George Lee 11,510 25.7 −3.9
Green Martin Hemingway 1,128 2.5 N/A
English Democrats Adrian Knowles 545 1.2 N/A
Alliance for Green Socialism Jeannie Sutton 181 0.4 N/A
Majority 1,877 4.2
Turnout 44,711 62.4 +4.2
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing 9.6


General Election 2001: Leeds North West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Harold Best 17,794 41.9 +2.0
Conservative Adam Pritchard 12,558 29.6 −2.5
Liberal Democrat David Hall-Matthews 11,431 26.9 +3.3
UKIP Simon Jones 668 1.6 N/A
Majority 5,236 12.3
Turnout 42,451 58.2 −11.5
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997:[7] Leeds North West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Harold Best 19,694 39.9 +12.6
Conservative Keith Hampson 15,850 29.6 -13.4
Liberal Democrat Barbara Pearce 11,689 23.7 -3.6
Referendum Party Sean Emmett 1,325 2.7 N/A
Socialist Labour Roger Lamb 335 0.7 N/A
ProLife Alliance Sean Emmett 251 0.5 N/A
Ronnie The Rhino Daniel Duffy 232 0.5 N/A
Majority 3,844 10.3
Turnout 46,084
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +11.8


General Election 1992: Leeds North West[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Keith Hampson 21,750 43.0 −0.5
Liberal Democrat Mrs Barbara A. Pearce 14,079 27.8 −5.6
Labour Miss Sue Egan 13,782 27.3 +5.5
Green David C. Webb 519 1.0 −0.3
Liberal Noel A.B. Nowosielski 427 0.8 N/A
Majority 7,671 15.2 +5.1
Turnout 50,557 72.5 −3.2
Conservative hold Swing +2.5

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Leeds North West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Keith Hampson 22,480 43.54
Liberal B. Peters 17,279 33.47
Labour J. Thomas 11,210 21.71
Green A. Stevens 663 1.28
Majority 5,201 10.07
Turnout 75.68
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Leeds North West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Keith Hampson 22,579 46.57
Social Democrat N. Jones 14,042 28.96
Labour J. Battle 10,757 28.96
Ecology A. Laurence 673 1.39
Independent Conservative C. Haygreen 437 0.90
Majority 8,537 17.61
Turnout 71.30
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Leeds North West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Donald Kaberry 23,837 47.48
Labour P.A. O'Grady 17,623 35.10
Liberal C. Keates 7,899 15.73
Ecology K. Rushworth 847 1.69
Majority 6,214 12.38
Turnout 73.08
Conservative hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Leeds North West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Donald Kaberry 19,243 44.62
Labour L.G.K. Fenwick 15,216 35.29
Liberal D. Rolfe 8,663 20.09
Majority 4,027 9.34
Turnout 66.28
Conservative hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Leeds North West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Donald Kaberry 21,995 44.73
Labour L.C.K. Fenwick 15,324 31.16
Liberal S. Waldenburg 11,853 24.11
Majority 6,671 13.57
Turnout 76.22
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1970: Leeds North West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Donald Kaberry 29,227 52.13
Labour K.J. Woolmer 20,795 37.09
Liberal J.R.W. Worrall 6,048 10.79
Majority 8,432 15.04
Turnout 69.82
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Leeds North West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Donald Kaberry 30,168 55.65
Labour C.J. Morgan 24,044 44.35
Majority 6,124 11.30
Turnout 73.07
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1964: Leeds North West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Donald Kaberry 29,859 51.97
Labour D.B. Matthews 18,862 32.83
Liberal R.H.J. Rhodes 8,728 15.19
Majority 10,997 19.14
Turnout 77.20
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Leeds North West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Donald Kaberry 35,210 65.55
Labour D.B. Matthews 18,508 34.45
Majority 16,702 31.09
Turnout 77.58
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1955: Leeds North West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Donald Kaberry 31,923 65.80
Labour D.B. Matthews 16,594 34.20
Majority 15,329 31.60
Turnout 75.64
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1951: Leeds North West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Donald Kaberry 25,873 62.55
Labour M. Veitch 15,490 37.45
Majority 10,383 25.10
Turnout 82.42
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1950: Leeds North West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Donald Kaberry 24,161 57.80
Labour V. Mishcon 14,562 34.84
Liberal J.O. Hogley 3,078 7.36
Majority 9,599 22.96
Turnout 85.52
Conservative win (new seat)

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

Coordinates: 53°51′N 1°36′W / 53.85°N 1.60°W / 53.85; -1.60