Leeds local elections

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One third of City of Leeds Metropolitan Borough Council in West Yorkshire, England is elected each year, followed by one year without election. Since the last boundary changes in 2004, 99 councillors have been elected from 33 wards.[1]

Political control[edit]

Seat totals, 1973-2012

Since 1973 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[2]

Party in control Years
No overall control 1973 - 1976
Conservative 1976 - 1979
No overall control 1979 - 1980
Labour 1980 - 2004
No overall control 2004 - 2011
Labour 2011–present

Council elections[edit]

Summary of the council composition after council elections, click on the year for full details of each election. Boundary changes took place for the 1980 election which increased the number of seats by 3, leading to the whole council being elected in that year. Further boundary changes made in 2004 again required the full council to be elected.[3]

Popular vote shares, 1973-2012
Popular vote figures, 1973-2012


Year Labour Conservative Liberal Democrats Independent Greens MBI BNP
1973 44 38 14 0 0 0 0
1975 41 43 12 0 0 0 0
1976 38 50 8 0 0 0 0
1978 39 50 7 0 0 0 0
1979 44 45 7 0 0 0 0
1980 62 29 8 0 0 0 0
1982 56 32 11 0 0 0 0
1983 54 33 11 1 0 0 0
1984 53 33 12 1 0 0 0
1986 58 28 11 2 0 0 0
1987 58 25 14 2 0 0 0
1988 59 25 14 1 0 0 0
1990 66 21 11 1 0 0 0
1991 68 21 9 1 0 0 0
1992 67 23 8 1 0 0 0
1994 67 23 8 1 0 0 0
1995 75 15 8 1 0 0 0
1996 83 8 8 0 0 0 0
1998 80 9 9 0 1 0 0
1999 71 12 14 1 1 0 0
2000 61 16 19 1 2 0 0
2002 57 18 20 1 3 0 0
2003 52 22 20 2 3 0 0
2004 40 24 26 0 3 6 0
2006 40 24 26 0 3 5 1
2007 43 22 24 1 3 5 1
2008 43 22 24 1 3 5 1
2010 48 22 21 0 2 6 0
2011 55 21 16 0 2 5 0
2012 63 19 10 0 2 5 0
2014 63 18 9 1 3 5 0

By-election results[edit]

By-elections occur when seats become vacant between council elections. Below is a summary of the by-elections; full by-election results can be found by clicking on the by-election name.

By-election Date Incumbent party Winning party
Aireborough by-election 18 August 1986 Conservative SDP–Liberal Alliance
Armley by-election 8 December 1988 Social and Liberal Democrats Labour
Burmantofts by-election 15 June 1989 Social and Liberal Democrats Labour
Morley North by-election Labour Labour
City & Holbeck by-election 30 November 1989 Labour Labour
Wetherby by-election 23 July 1992 Conservative Conservative
Richmond Hill by-election 26 October 1995 Labour Labour
Beeston by-election 14 November 1996 Labour Labour
Headingley by-election 10 July 1997 Labour Labour
Whinmoor by-election 21 August 1997 Labour Labour
Bramley by-election 6 August 1998 Labour Liberal Democrat
Harehills by-election 13 April 2000 Labour Liberal Democrat
Morley North by-election 7 June 2001 Labour Labour
University by-election Labour Labour
Moortown by-election 19 July 2001 Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat
Headingley by-election 28 July 2005 Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat
Farnley & Wortley by-election 18 September 2008 Green Green
Temple Newsam by-election 2 April 2009 Labour Conservative
Hyde Park & Woodhouse by-election 18 February 2010 Liberal Democrat Labour
Guiseley & Rawdon by-election 14 October 2010 Conservative Conservative

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Councillors' roles and responsibilities". Leeds City Council. Retrieved 2010-02-07. 
  2. ^ "Leeds". BBC News Online. 2008-04-19. Retrieved 2010-02-07. 
  3. ^ "Leeds council". BBC Online. Retrieved 2008-09-24. 

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