Leeds Constituencies - North West

The constituency was established in 1950 as Leeds North-West.

The name of the constituency was changed in 1955 by dropping the hyphen. Developed as a middle-class residential area from the nineteenth century as the more affluent population moved out of the polluted central are of the town, it now caters for many of the professional, middle-to-high income group. Over a quarter of the electorate are students. Some large council estates were established postwar. It contains a twelfth-century church at Adel, Headingley Carnegie Stadium, Leeds Beckett University, and Leeds-Bradford Airport.

 

North West
North West in 2015

 

BOUNDARIES

1950–1955: Far Headingley Ward, Hyde Park Ward, and Kirkstall Ward.

1955–1974: Far Headingley Ward, Hyde Park Ward, Kirkstall Ward, Meanwood Ward, and Moortown Ward.

1974–1983: Cookridge Ward, Headingley Ward, Kirkstall Ward, Moortown Ward, and Weetwood Ward.

1983–2010: Cookridge Ward, Headingley Ward, Otley and Wharfedale Ward, and Weetwood Ward.

2010 –: Adel and Wharfedale Ward, Headingley Ward, Otley and Yeadon Ward, and Weetwood

 

TURNOUT

For elections after 1929 when universal suffrage had been granted

Electorate Total votes cast Turnout  
1950 48,876 41,801 85.52%  
1951 50,184 41,363 82.42%
1955 64,142 48,517 75.64%
1959 69,243 53,718 77.58%
1964 74,417 57,449 77.20%
1966 74,191 54,212 73.07%
1970 80,309 56,070 69.82%
1974 64,511 49,172 76.22% February
1974 65,062 43,122 66.28% October
1979 68,702 50,206 73.08%
1983 68,004 48,488 71.30%
1987 68,227 51,632 75.68%
1992 69,406 50,557 72.84%
1997 70,833 49,376 69.71%
2001 72,945 42,451 58.2%
2005 71,650 44,711 62.40%
2010 65,399 43,483 66.49%
2015 61,974 43,357 69.96%
2017 68,152 46,287 67.92%

 

HIGHEST NUMBER OF VOTES RECORDED BY A WINNING CANDIDATE
1959 D. Kaberry (Conservative) 35,210

LOWEST NUMBER OF VOTES RECORDED BY A WINNING CANDIDATE
2015 G. T. Mulholland (Liberal Democrat) 15,948

HIGHEST MAJORITY RECORDED BY A WINNING CANDIDATE
1959 D. Kaberry (Conservative) 16,702

LOWEST MAJORITY RECORDED BY A WINNING CANDIDATE
2005 G. T. Mulholland (Liberal Democrat) 1,877

 

 

RESULTS


Representation of the People Act 1948 – Abolished plural voting and university seats

 

Boundary Reorganisation

 

1950 - 23th February

North West
D. Kaberry (Conservative) 24,161
V. Mishcon (Labour) 14,562
J. O. Hogley (Liberal) 3,078

 

1951 - 25th October

North West
D. Kaberry (Conservative) 25,873
M. Veitch (Labour) 15,490

Boundary Commission 1955



1955 - 26th May

North West
D. Kaberry (Conservative) 31,923
D. B. Matthews (Labour) 16,594

 

1959 - 8th October

North West
D. Kaberry (Conservative) 35,210 *
D. B. Matthews (Labour) 18,508
[ * The largest number of votes cast for a Leeds member.]

 

1964 - 15th October

North West
Sir D. Kaberry (Conservative) 29,859
D. B. Matthews (Labour) 18,862
R. H. J. Rhodes (Liberal) 8,728

1966 - 31st March

North West
Sir D. Kaberry (Conservative) 30,168
C. J. Morgan (Labour) 24,044

Representation of the People Act 1969 – Franchise extended to those over 18 years of age


1970 - 18th June

North West
Sir D. Kaberry (Conservative) 29,227
K. J. Woolmer (Labour) 20,795
J. R. W. Worrall (Liberal) 6,048

 

1974 - 28th February

North West
Sir D. Kaberry (Conservative) 21,995
L. C. K. Fenwick (Labour) 15,324
S. Waldenberg (Liberal) 11,853


1974 - 10th October

North West
Sir D. Kaberry (Conservative) 19,243
L. C. K. Fenwick (Labour) 15,216
D. Rolfe (Liberal) 8,663

 

1979 - 3rd May

North West
Sir D. Kaberry (Conservative) 23,837
P. A.O’Grady (Labour) 17,623
L. W. Keates (Liberal) 7,899
K. Rushworth (Ecology) 847

 

Boundary Commission 1983

1983 - 9th June

North West
K. Hampson (Conservative) 22,579
N. Jones (Social Democratic/Liberal Alliance) 14,042
J. D. Battle (Labour) 10,757
A. Laurence (Ecology) 673
C. Haygreen (Independent Conservative) 437


1987 - 11th June

North West
K. Hampson (Conservative) 22,480
B. Peters (Social Democratic/Liberal Alliance) 17,279
J. Thomas (Labour) 11,210
A. Stephens (Green) 663


1992 - 8th April

North West
K. Hampson (Conservative) 21,750
B. Pearce (Liberal Democrat) 14,079
S. Egan (Labour) 13,782
D. Webb (Green ) 519
N. Nowosielski (Liberal) 427

 

Boundary Commission 1995

1997 - 1st May

North West
H. Best (Labour) 19,694
K. Hampson (Conservative) 15,850
B. Pearce (Liberal Democrat) 11,689
S. Emmett (Referendum) 1,325
R. Lamb (Socialist Labour) 335
R. Toon (Independent ) 251
D. Duffy (Independent ) 232

2001 - 7th June

North West
H. Best (Labour) 17,794
A. Pritchard (Conservative) 12,558
D. Hall-Matthews (Liberal Democrat) 11,431
S. Jones (United Kingdom Independence) 668


2005 - 5th May

North West
G. T. Mulholland (Liberal Democrat) 16,612
J. Blake (Labour) 14,735
G. A. Lee (Conservative) 11,510
M. F. Hemingway (Green) 1,128
A. D. Knowles (English Democrats) 545
J. Sutton (Alliance for Green Socialism) 181



Boundary Commission 2010

2010 - 6th May

North West
G. T. Mulholland (Liberal Democrat) 20,653
J. Mulligan (Conservative) 11,550
J. Blake (Labour) 9,132
G. J. Bulmer (British National) 766
M. A. Thackray (United Kingdom Independence) 600
M. F. Hemingway (Green) 508
A. Procter (English Democrats) 153
T. A. J. Bavage (Alliance for Green Socialism) 121
[ Equals the largest number of candidates to contest a Leeds Parliamentary election.]



2015 - 7th May

North West
G. T. Mulholland (Liberal Democrat) 15,948
A. Sobel (Labour) 13,041
A. Story (Conservative) 8,083
T. Goodall (Green) 3,042
J. Metcalfe (United Kingdom Independence) 2,997
B. Buxton (Yorkshire First) 143
M. Davies (Alliance for Green Socialism) 79
M. Flanagan (The Above and Beyond) 24
[ Equals the largest number of candidates to contest a Leeds Parliamentary election.]

 

2017 - 8th June

North West
A. Sobel (Labour & Co-op) 20,416
G. T. Mulholland (Liberal Democrat) 16,192
A. Lamb (Conservative) 9,097
M. Hemingway (Green) 582