Leicester West (UK Parliament constituency)

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Leicester West
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Leicester West in Leicestershire.
Outline map
Location of Leicestershire within England.
County Leicestershire
Electorate 65,432 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1974 (1974)
Member of Parliament Elizabeth Kendall (Labour)
Number of members One
19181950
Number of members One
Created from Leicester
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency East Midlands

Leicester West is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Elizabeth Kendall of the Labour Party.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

1983-2010: The City of Leicester wards of Abbey, Beaumont Leys, Mowmacre, New Parks, North Braunstone, Rowley Fields, St Augustine's, Westcotes, and Western Park.

2010-present: The City of Leicester wards of Abbey, Beaumont Leys, Braunstone Park and Rowley Fields, Fosse, New Parks, Westcotes, and Western Park.

The constituency covers the western part of Leicester.

Constituency profile[edit]

The whitest of the three Leicester seats, and the one with the highest proportion of social housing. Parts of the seat like Braunstone and Beaumont Leys are made up of large local authority estates and around thirty percent of the housing is council or housing association owned, the second highest in the Midlands. The centre of seat, the Westcote area, is more inner city in character and is popular with young professionals and students.[2]

Historically this used to be the safest Labour seat in Leicester (in the 1983 Conservative landslide it was the only one to remain in Labour hands). However the high Asian populations in Leicester South and Leicester East have pushed them away from the Conservatives and while this is still a safe Labour seat, represented by the party since the second world war, it is the most marginal of the three Leicester seats.[3]

Leicester West, as of 2009 and in the depth of a severe recession had the fourth highest level of unemployment in Britain, with 13.8% of residents registered unemployed. Most of the unemployment is concentrated in areas such as Braunstone, which is traditionally one the most deprived parts of the city.[4]

Members of Parliament[edit]

MPs 1918–1950[edit]

Election Member[5] Party
1918 Joseph Frederick Green Coalition National Democratic Party
1922 Alfred Hill Labour
1923 Frederick Pethick-Lawrence Labour
1931 Ernest Harold Pickering Liberal
1935 Harold Nicolson National Labour
1945 Barnett Janner, later Baron Janner Labour
1950 constituency abolished

MPs 1974–present[edit]

Election Member[5] Party
Feb 1974 Greville Janner Labour
1997 Patricia Hewitt Labour
2010 Liz Kendall Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Leicester West[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Liz Kendall[7]
Conservative Paul Bessant
General Election 2010: Leicester West[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Liz Kendall 13,745 38.4 -12.4
Conservative Celia Harvey 9,728 27.2 +2.8
Liberal Democrat Peter Coley 8,107 22.6 +4.4
BNP Gary Reynolds 2,158 6.0 +6.0
UKIP Stephen Ingall 883 2.5 +2.5
Green Geoff Forse 639 1.8 -3.0
Independent Steven Huggins 181 0.5 +0.5
TUSC Steve Score[10] 157 0.4 +0.4
Pirate Shaun Dyer 113 0.3 +0.3
Independent David Bowley 108 0.3 +0.3
Majority 4,017 11.2
Turnout 35,819 55.2 +2.6
Labour hold Swing -7.6%

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Leicester West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Patricia Hewitt 17,184 51.7 −2.5
Conservative Sarah Richardson 8,114 24.4 −0.8
Liberal Democrat Zuffar Haq 5,803 17.5 +2.2
Green Geoff Forse 1,571 4.7 +1.5
Socialist Alternative Steve Score 552 1.7 N/A
Majority 9,070 27.3
Turnout 33,224 53.3 +2.4
Labour hold Swing
General Election 2001: Leicester West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Patricia Hewitt 18,014 54.2 −1.0
Conservative Christopher Shaw 8,375 25.2 +1.5
Liberal Democrat Andy Vincent 5,085 15.3 +1.1
Green Matthew Gough 1,074 3.2 +1.8
Socialist Labour Sean Kirkpatrick 350 1.1 −0.1
Socialist Alliance Stephen Score 321 1.0 N/A
Majority 9,639 29.0
Turnout 33,219 50.9 −12.2
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Leicester West[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Patricia Hewitt 22,580 55.19
Conservative R Thomas 9,716 23.75
Liberal Democrat M Jones 5,795 14.16
Referendum Party W Shooter 970 2.37
Green Geoff Forse 586 1.43
Socialist Labour D Roberts 452 1.11
Socialist (GB) J Nicholls 327 0.8
BNP Adrian Belshaw 302 0.74
National Democrats Clive Potter 186 0.46
Majority 12,864 31.44
Turnout 40,912 63.06
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1992: Leicester West[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Greville Janner 22,574 46.8 +2.3
Conservative John A. Guthrie 18,596 38.5 −3.5
Liberal Democrat Geoffrey F. Walker 6,402 13.3 −0.2
Green Miss Claire D. Wintram 517 1.1 +1.1
Natural Law Mrs Jenny M. Rosta 171 0.4 +0.4
Majority 3,978 8.2 +5.8
Turnout 48,260 73.7 +0.2
Labour hold Swing +2.9

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Leicester West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Greville Janner 22,156 44.47
Conservative J.S.W. Cooper 20,955 42.06
Social Democratic W. Edgar 6,708 13.46
Majority 1,201 2.41
Turnout 73.45
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1983: Leicester West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Greville Janner 20,837 44.77
Conservative R. Meacham 19,125 41.09
Social Democratic S. Fernando 5,935 12.75
BNP R. Hill 469 1.01
Workers Revolutionary B.J. Prangle 176 0.38
Majority 1,712 3.68
Turnout 68.76
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Leicester West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Greville Janner 26,032 53.60
Conservative A.R. Goobey 17,194 35.40
Liberal A. Lycett 4,032 8.30
National Front P. Ash 1,308 2.69
Majority 8,838 18.20
Turnout 72.26
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Leicester West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Greville Janner 23,406 52.91
Conservative A. Simpson 13,446 30.39
Liberal J. Windram 5,135 11.61
National Front W. Newcombe 2,253 5.09
Majority 9,960 22.51
Turnout 68.43
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Leicester West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Greville Janner 27,195 56.28
Conservative A. Simpson 18,543 38.38
National Front W. Newcombe 2,579 5.34
Majority 8,652 17.91
Turnout 75.45
Labour hold Swing

Election in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Leicester West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Barnett Janner 20,563 53.34
National Labour Harold Nicolson 13,348 34.63
Liberal Joseph Arnold Kirby 4,639 12.03
Majority 7,215 18.72
Turnout 76.80
Labour gain from National Labour Swing

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1935: Leicester West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
National Labour Harold Nicolson 15,821 43.73
Labour John Morgan 15,734 43.49
Liberal Horace Evelyn Crawfurd 4,621 12.77
Majority 87 0.24
Turnout 66.83
National Labour gain from Liberal Swing
General Election 1931: Leicester West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Ernest Harold Pickering 26,826 67.49
Labour Frederick Pethick-Lawrence 12,923 32.51
Majority 13,903 34.98
Turnout 74.64
Liberal gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918: Leicester West[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Coalition National Democratic Joseph Frederick Green 20,150
Labour Ramsay MacDonald 6,347
Majority
Turnout
Coalition National Democratic gain from Labour 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

Coordinates: 52°39′N 1°10′W / 52.65°N 1.16°W / 52.65; -1.16