Leeds West (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 53°47′53″N 1°34′34″W / 53.798°N 1.576°W / 53.798; -1.576

Leeds West
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Leeds West in West Yorkshire.
Outline map
Location of West Yorkshire within England.
County West Yorkshire
(West Riding of Yorkshire until 1974)
Electorate 67,222 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1885
Member of Parliament Rachel Reeves (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Leeds
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency Yorkshire and the Humber

Leeds West is a borough constituency in the city of Leeds, West Yorkshire which is represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first-past-the-post system of election. The current MP is Rachel Reeves of the Labour Party — it has been a Labour seat (apart from the Parliament of 1983-87) since 1945.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency covers the western part of the city of Leeds in West Yorkshire.

Since the boundary changes which took effect at the 2010 general election it has been made up of four Leeds City Council 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. Leeds West has the distinction of being the only constituency in the Leeds area which has existed under an unchanged name continuously since 1885.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1885 Herbert Gladstone Liberal
Jan 1910 Thomas Edmund Harvey Liberal
1918 John Murray Coalition Liberal
1922 Liberal
1923 Thomas William Stamford Labour
1931 Samuel Vyvyan Adams Conservative
1945 Tom Stamford Labour
1949 by-election Charles Pannell Labour
Feb 1974 Joe Dean Labour
1983 Michael Meadowcroft Liberal
1987 John Battle Labour
2010 Rachel Reeves Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Leeds West [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Rachel Reeves[4]
Green Andrew Pointon[5]
General Election 2010: Leeds West[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Rachel Reeves 16,389 42.3 -13.9
Liberal Democrat Ruth Coleman 9,373 24.2 +6.8
Conservative Joe Marjoram 7,641 19.7 +5.6
BNP Joanna Beverley 2,377 6.1 +2.8
Green David Blackburn 1,832 4.7 -2.5
UKIP Jeff Miles 1,140 2.9 +1.1
Majority 7,016 18.1 -20.7
Turnout 38,752 57.5 +4.7
Labour hold Swing -10.3

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Leeds West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Battle 18,704 55.5 −6.6
Liberal Democrat Darren Finlay 5,894 17.5 +7.1
Conservative Tim Metcalfe 4,807 14.3 −1.3
Green David Blackburn 2,519 7.5 −0.5
BNP Julie Day 1,166 3.5 N/A
UKIP David Sewards 628 1.9 −0.5
Majority 12,810 38.0
Turnout 33,719 53.6 +3.6
Labour hold Swing
General Election 2001: Leeds West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Battle 19,943 62.1 −4.5
Conservative Kris Hopkins 5,008 15.6 −1.9
Liberal Democrat Darren Finlay 3,350 10.4 +1.4
Green David Blackburn 2,573 8.0 +5.8
UKIP Bill Finley 758 2.4 N/A
Liberal Noel Nowosielski 462 1.4 −0.1
Majority 14,935 46.5
Turnout 32,094 50.0 −12.7
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Leeds West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Battle 26,819 66.7 +11.6
Conservative John Whelan 7,048 17.5 −9.3
Liberal Democrat Nigel Amor 3,622 9.0 +0.1
Green David Blackburn 896 2.2 +1.0
Liberal Noel Nowosielski 625 1.6 −6.7
Majority 19,771
Turnout 62.9 −8,2
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1992: Leeds West[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Battle 26,310 55.1 +11.9
Conservative Paul Bartlett 12,482 26.2 +3.0
Liberal Democrat Viscount Morpeth (GWB Howard) 4,252 8.9 −24.7
Liberal Michael Meadowcroft 3,980 8.3 −25.2
Green Miss Alison M. Mander 569 1.2 N/A
National Front Robert I. Tenney 132 0.3 N/A
Majority 13,828 29.0 +19.3
Turnout 47,725 71.2 −2.2
Labour hold Swing +4.5

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Leeds West[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Battle 21,032 43.23
Liberal Michael Meadowcroft 16,340 33.59
Conservative Philip David Allott 11,276 23.18
Majority 4,692 9.64
Turnout 73.33
Labour gain from Liberal Swing
General Election 1983: Leeds West[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Michael Meadowcroft 17,908 38.42
Labour Joe Dean 15,860 34.02
Conservative Jocelyn Keeble 12,515 26.85
BNP A. Braithwaite 334 0.72
Majority 2,048 4.39
Turnout 69.02
Liberal gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Leeds West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Joe Dean 21,290 49.38
Conservative H. Simmonds 11,626 26.96
Liberal C. Greenfield 9,734 22.58
National Front J. Duckenfield 466 1.08
Majority 9,664 22.41
Turnout 73.33
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Leeds West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Joe Dean 20,669 49.64
Liberal Michael Meadowcroft 13,062 31.37
Conservative D. Hall 7,907 18.99
Majority 7,607 18.27
Turnout 68.93
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Leeds West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Joe Dean 19,436 42.13
Liberal Michael Meadowcroft 15,451 33.49
Conservative D. Hall 11,246 24.38
Majority 3,985 8.64
Turnout 77.03
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1970: Leeds West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Charles Pannell 21,618 51.83
Conservative A. Leitch 14,749 35.36
Liberal P. Armitage 5,341 12.81
Majority 6,869 16.47
Turnout 65.69
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Leeds West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Charles Pannell 24,391 56.28
Conservative I.M. Glover 13,883 32.04
Liberal D. Pedder 5,062 11.68
Majority 10,508 24.25
Turnout 72.02
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1964: Leeds West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Charles Pannell 22,968 50.53
Conservative I.M. Glover 15,697 34.54
Liberal D. Pedder 6,787 14.93
Majority 7,271 16.00
Turnout 74.54
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Leeds West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Charles Pannell 25,878 54.87
Conservative D.L. Crouch 21,285 45.13
Majority 4,593 9.74
Turnout 78.25
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1955: Leeds West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Charles Pannell 24,576 52.75
Conservative J. Hiley 18,312 39.31
Liberal Harold Hudson 3,699 7.94
Majority 6,264 13.45
Turnout 77.38
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1951: Leeds West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Charles Pannell 22,357 54.11
Conservative B. Mather 18,957 45.89
Majority 3,400 8.23
Turnout 85.92
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1950: Leeds West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Charles Pannell 21,339 51.58
Conservative B. Mather 16,824 40.67
Liberal Cecil Rhodes 3,209 7.76
Majority 4,515 10.91
Turnout 86.42
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

Leeds West by-election 1949[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Charles Pannell 21,935 55.2
Conservative B. Mather 17,826 44.8
Majority 4,109 10.3
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1945: Leeds West[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Thomas William Stamford 26,593 59.0
Conservative Samuel Vyvyan Adams 12,457 27.7
Liberal Fl-Lt. James Booth 6,008 13.3
Majority 14,136 31.4
Turnout 76.1
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1935: Leeds West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Samuel Vyvyan Adams 20,545 54.27
Labour Tom Stamford 17,311 45.73
Majority 3,234 8.54
Turnout 70.46
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1931: Leeds West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Samuel Vyvyan Adams 24,701 63.25
Labour Tom Stamford 14,354 36.75
Majority 10,347 26.49
Turnout 76.72
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "L" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ http://ukpollingreport.co.uk/2015guide/leedswest/
  4. ^ http://electionresults.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/leeds-west-2015.html
  5. ^ http://yorkshireandhumber.greenparty.org.uk/candidates/andy-pointon.html
  6. ^ UKPollingReport. "Election Guide: Leeds West". Retrieved 2008-04-01. 
  7. ^ "UK > England > Yorkshire & the Humber > Leeds West". Election 2010. BBC. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  8. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
  9. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1987. Politics Resources. 11 June 1987. Retrieved 2011-10-17. 
  10. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1983. Politics Resources. 9 June 1983. Retrieved 2011-10-17. 
  11. ^ "By-election Blog". Election 1945. Blogspot. 21 July 1949. Retrieved 2011-11-08. 
  12. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1945. Politics Resources. 5 July 1945. Retrieved 2011-11-08.