Leeds South East (UK Parliament constituency)

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Leeds South East
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
19181983
Number of members one
Replaced by Leeds Central, Leeds East, Leeds West and Leeds North West[1]

Leeds South East was a borough constituency in the city of Leeds in West Yorkshire. It returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

The constituency was created for the 1918 general election, and abolished for the 1983 general election.

Boundaries[edit]

1918-1950: The County Borough of Leeds wards of East and East Hunslet, and part of North East ward.

1950-1955: The County Borough of Leeds wards of Crossgates and Temple Newsam, East Hunslet, and Osmondthorpe.

1955-1974: The County Borough of Leeds wards of Blenheim, City, East Hunslet, Richmond Hill, and Westfield.

1974-1983: The County Borough of Leeds wards of Burley, Burmantofts, City, Richmond Hill, and Woodhouse.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1918 James O'Grady Labour
1924 Henry Slesser Labour
1929 James Milner Labour
1952 Denis Healey Labour
1955 Alice Bacon Labour
1970 Stan Cohen Labour
1983 constituency abolished

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

James O'Grady
General Election 1918: Leeds South East[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour James O'Grady unopposed n/a n/a
Labour win

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

Mary Grant
General Election 1922: Leeds South East [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour James O'Grady 13,676 58.9 n/a
Liberal Mary Pollock Grant 9,554 41.1 n/a
Majority 4,122 17.8 n/a
Turnout 66.2 n/a
Labour hold Swing n/a
General Election 1923: Leeds South East [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour James O'Grady 12,210 63.2 +4.3
Liberal William Tattersall Whiteley 7,110 36.8 -4.3
Majority 5,100 26.4 +8.6
Turnout 54.1 -12.1
Labour hold Swing +4.3
General Election 1924: Leeds South East[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Sir Henry Herman Slesser 15,133 58.6
Liberal William Tattersall Whiteley 10,704 41.4
Majority 4,429 17.1
Turnout 25,837
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1929: Leeds South East [6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Sir Henry Herman Slesser 22,403 75.2
Unionist John C Spurr 7,385 24.8 n/a
Majority 15,018 50.4
Turnout 29,788
Labour hold Swing n/a

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931: Leeds South East
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour James Milner 17,845 52.56
Conservative Philip R Le Mesurier 16,109 47.44
Majority 1,736 5.11
Turnout 33,954 69.70
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1935: Leeds South East
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour James Milner 19,552 65.73
Conservative Philip R Le Mesurier 10,192 34.27
Majority 9,360 31.47
Turnout 29,744 62.55
Labour hold Swing

General Election 1939/40

Another General Election was required to take place before the end of 1940. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place and by the Autumn of 1939, the following candidates had been selected;

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Leeds South East
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour James Milner 20,363 71.83
Conservative Sydney Beevers 4,518 15.94
Liberal Clifford Henry Tyers 3,466 12.23
Majority 15,845 55.90
Turnout 28,347 71.63
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1950: Leeds South East [8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour James Milner 23,994 57.83
Conservative Charles Edward Kirwin 15,262 36.78
Liberal Albert Hope 2,234 5.38
Majority 8,732 21.05
Turnout 41,490 85.33
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1951: Leeds South East [9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour James Milner 24,929 60.50
Conservative Charles Edward Kirwin 16,277 39.50
Majority 8,652 21.00
Turnout 41,206 84.39
Labour hold Swing
Leeds South East by-election, 1952[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Denis Winston Healey 17,194 63.24 +2.74
Conservative Charles Edward Kirwin 9,995 36.76 -2.74
Majority 7,199 26.48 +5.48
Turnout 27,189 55.7
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1955: Leeds South East [11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alice Martha Bacon 25,714 66.18
Conservative Wilson W.J. Dunn 13,142 33.82
Majority 12,572 32.36
Turnout 38,856 67.92
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1959: Leeds South East [12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alice Martha Bacon 21,795 64.21
Conservative J Brian Womersley 12,146 35.79
Majority 9,649 28.43
Turnout 33,941 70.04
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1964: Leeds South East[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alice Martha Bacon 16,672 67.67
Conservative John E MacDonald 7,964 32.33
Majority 8,708 35.35
Turnout 24,636 73.92
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1966: Leeds South East[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alice Martha Bacon 14,663 71.86
Conservative Mrs. JG Todd 5,743 28.14
Majority 8,920 43.71
Turnout 20,406 61.47
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1970: Leeds South East[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Stanley Cohen 10,930 62.65
Conservative May Sexton 5,182 29.70
Liberal Anthony Britten 1,135 6.51
Communist Bernard Scott 198 1.13
Majority 5,748 32.95
Turnout 17,445 58.39
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Leeds South East
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Stanley Cohen 17,827 53.08
Conservative May Sexton 8,373 24.93
Liberal Margaret Grace Clay 6,981 20.79
Communist William Henry Innes 405 1.21
Majority 9,454 28.15
Turnout 33,586 67.85
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Leeds South East
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Stanley Cohen 17,160 61.18
Conservative May Sexton 6,144 21.90
Liberal Margaret Grace Clay 4,429 15.79
Communist William Henry Innes 317 1.13
Majority 11,016 39.27
Turnout 28,050 56.34
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1979: Leeds South East
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Stanley Cohen 15,921 56.34
Conservative May Sexton 6,549 23.18
Liberal Margaret Grace Clay 5,430 19.22
Communist JM Rodgers 190 0.67
National Front P Flint 168 0.59
Majority 9,372 33.17
Turnout 28,258 65.00
Labour hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Leeds South East', Feb 1974 - May 1983". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  2. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  3. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  4. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  5. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  6. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  7. ^ Report of the Annual Conference of the Labour Party, 1939
  8. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973, FWS Craig
  9. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973, FWS Craig
  10. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20120225141840/http://www.by-elections.co.uk/52.html
  11. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973, FWS Craig
  12. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973, FWS Craig
  13. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973, FWS Craig
  14. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973, FWS Craig
  15. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973, FWS Craig