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]

1885-1918: The Municipal Borough of Leeds wards of Armley and Wortley, Holbeck, and New Wortley, and part of Bramley ward.

1918-1950: The County Borough of Leeds wards of Armley and Wortley, and Bramley, and part of New Wortley ward.

1950-1955: The County Borough of Leeds wards of Bramley, Farnley and Wortley, and Upper Armley.

1955-1974: The County Borough of Leeds wards of Armley, Bramley, Stanningley, Wellington, and Wortley.

1974-1983: The County Borough of Leeds wards of Armley, Bramley, Castleton, Stanningley, and Wortley.

1983-2010: The City of Leeds wards of Armley, Bramley, Kirkstall, and Wortley.

2010-present: The City of Leeds wards of Armley, Bramley and Stanningley, Farnley and Wortley, and Kirkstall.

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

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]

Year Member[2] Party
1885 Herbert Gladstone Liberal
1910 Edmund Harvey Liberal
1918 John Murray Coalition Liberal
1922 Liberal
1923 Thomas Stamford Labour
1931 Vyvyan Adams Conservative
1945 Thomas Stamford Labour
1949 Charles Pannell Labour
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][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Rachel Reeves 18,456 48.0 +5.7
Conservative Alex Pierre-Traves 7,729 20.1 +0.4
UKIP Anne Murgatroyd 7,104 18.5 +15.5
Green Andrew Pointon 3,217 8.4 +3.6
Liberal Democrat Laura Coyle 1,495 3.9 −20.3
CISTA Matthew West 217 0.6 +0.6
TUSC Ben Mayor 205 0.5 +0.5
Majority 10,727 27.9 +9.8
Turnout 38,423 59.2 +1.7
Labour hold Swing +2.65
General Election 2010: Leeds West[5][6]
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[7]
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 −8.5
Turnout 33,719 53.6 +3.6
Labour hold Swing
General Election 2001: Leeds West[8]
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[9]
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 49.2
Turnout 62.9 −8,2
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1992: Leeds West[10][11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Battle 26,310 55.1 +11.9
Conservative Paul Bartlett 12,482 26.2 +3.0
Liberal Democrat George Howard 4,252 8.9 −24.7
Liberal Michael Meadowcroft 3,980 8.3 −25.2
Green 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[12][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Battle 21,032 43.2 +9.18%
Liberal Michael Meadowcroft 16,340 33.6 -4.82%
Conservative Philip Allott 11,276 23.2 -3.5%
Majority 4,692 9.6
Turnout 48,648 73.3
Labour gain from Liberal Swing
General Election 1983: Leeds West[14][15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Michael Meadowcroft 17,908 38.42 +15.84%
Labour Joseph 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 Joseph 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 Joseph 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 Joseph 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 [16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Charles Pannell 21,618 51.83
Conservative Alexander Leitch 14,749 35.36
Liberal Patricia 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 [17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Charles Pannell 24,391 56.28
Conservative Michael Glover 13,883 32.04
Liberal Denis Pedder 5,062 11.68
Majority 10,508 24.25
Turnout 72.02
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1964: Leeds West [18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Charles Pannell 22,968 50.53
Conservative Michael Glover 15,697 34.54
Liberal Denis 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 [19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Charles Pannell 25,878 54.87
Conservative David Crouch 21,285 45.13
Majority 4,593 9.74
Turnout 78.25
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1955: Leeds West [20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Charles Pannell 24,576 52.75
Conservative Joseph 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 [21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Charles Pannell 22,357 54.11
Conservative Bertrand 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 Bertrand 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[22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Charles Pannell 21,935 55.2 -3.8
Conservative B. Mather 17,826 44.8 +17.1
Majority 4,109 10.3 -21.1
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1945: Leeds West[23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Thomas Stamford 26,593 59.0
Conservative Vyvyan Adams 12,457 27.7
Liberal 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 Vyvyan Adams 20,545 54.27
Labour Thomas 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 Vyvyan Adams 24,701 63.25
Labour Thomas Stamford 14,354 36.75
Majority 10,347 26.49
Turnout 76.72
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1929: Leeds West [24]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Thomas Stamford 18,765 41.9
Unionist George William Martin 18,129 40.8
Liberal Ralph Cleworth 7,892 17.6
Majority 636 1.1
Turnout 44,786
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1923: Leeds West [25]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Thomas Stamford 11,434 40.7 -7.6
Unionist Alexander Frederick Gordon Renton 9,432 33.6 n/a
Liberal John Murray 7,200 25.7 -26.0
Majority 2,002 7.1
Turnout 71.6
Labour gain from Liberal Swing n/a
General Election 1922 : Leeds West [26]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal John Murray 13,391 51.7
Labour Thomas Stamford 12,487 48.3
Majority 904 3.4
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918 Leeds West [27]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal 12,642 61.9
Labour John Arnott 6,020 29.5
NFDDSS Joseph Henry Chapman 1,138 5.6
Independent Liberal David Thomas Barnes 619 3.0
Majority 6,622 32.4
Turnout 52.7
Liberal hold Swing
  • endorsed by the Coalition Government

Elections 1885-1910[edit]

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

General Election 1885: Leeds West [28]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Herbert John Gladstone 6,130 61.7 n/a
Conservative Sir William St James Wheelhouse 3,804 38.3 n/a
Majority 2,326 23.4 n/a
Turnout 82.4 n/a
Liberal win (new seat)
Charles Williams
General Election 1886: Leeds West [29]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Herbert John Gladstone 5,226 63.8 +1.6
Conservative Charles Frederick Williams 2,970 36.2 -1.6
Majority 2,256 27.6 +3.2
Turnout 68.0 -14.4
Liberal hold Swing +1.6

Elections in the 1890s[edit]

H. Gladstone
General Election 1892: Leeds West [30]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Herbert John Gladstone 5,974 51.5 -12.3
Conservative A. Greenwood 5,621 48.5 +12.3
Majority 353 3.0 -24.6
Turnout 85.8 +17.8
Liberal hold Swing -12.3
J.T. North
General Election 1895: Leeds West [31]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Rt Hon. Herbert John Gladstone 6,314 50.4 -1.1
Conservative John Thomas North 6,218 49.6 +1.1
Majority 96 0.8 -2.2
Turnout 87.3 +1.5
Liberal hold Swing -1.1

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

H. Gladstone
General Election 1900: Leeds West [32]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Rt Hon. Herbert John Gladstone 7,043 51.9 +1.5
Liberal Unionist Thomas Walter Harding 6,522 48.1 -1.5
Majority 521 3.8 +3.0
Turnout 80.4 -6.9
Liberal hold Swing +1.5
General Election 1906: Leeds West [33]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Rt Hon. Herbert John Gladstone 9,258 66.6 +14.7
Conservative Samuel Samuel 4,650 33.4 -14.7
Majority 4,608 33.2 +29.4
Turnout 75.1 -5.3
Liberal hold Swing +14.7

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

Edmund Harvey
General Election January 1910: Leeds West [34]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Thomas Edmund Harvey 9,969 60.0 -6.6
Conservative Samuel Samuel 6,654 40.0 +6.6
Majority 3,315 20.0 -13.2
Turnout 88.1 +13.0
Liberal hold Swing -6.6
General Election December 1910: Leeds West [35]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Thomas Edmund Harvey 8,715 66.2 +6.2
Conservative George William Henry Jones 4,445 33.8 -6.2
Majority 4,270 32.4
Turnout 69.7 -18.4
Liberal hold Swing +6.2

General Election 1914/15:

Another General Election was required to take place before the end of 1915. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place and by the July 1914, the following candidates had been selected;

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

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  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "L" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "Leeds West". BBC News. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "UK > England > Yorkshire & the Humber > Leeds West". Election 2010. BBC. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  9. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  10. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  11. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  12. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  13. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1987. Politics Resources. 11 June 1987. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  14. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  15. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1983. Politics Resources. 9 June 1983. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  16. ^ The Times' Guide to the House of Commons. 1970. 
  17. ^ The Times' Guide to the House of Commons. 1966. 
  18. ^ The Times' Guide to the House of Commons. 1964. 
  19. ^ The Times' Guide to the House of Commons. 1959. 
  20. ^ The Times' Guide to the House of Commons. 1955. 
  21. ^ The Times' Guide to the House of Commons. 1951. 
  22. ^ "By-election Blog". Election 1945. Blogspot. 21 July 1949. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  23. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1945. Politics Resources. 5 July 1945. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  24. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  25. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1983). British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3 ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
  26. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1983). British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3 ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
  27. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1983). British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3 ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
  28. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1885-1918, FWS Craig
  29. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1885-1918, FWS Craig
  30. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1885-1918, FWS Craig
  31. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1885-1918, FWS Craig
  32. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1885-1918, FWS Craig
  33. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1885-1918, FWS Craig
  34. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1885-1918, FWS Craig
  35. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1885-1918, FWS Craig