Leeds Constituencies - Pudsey

The constituency was established in 1885 but abolished in 1918 and replaced by Pudsey & Otley until 1950 when it reverted to being Pudsey. From 1983 it became one of the Leeds constituencies. The Boundary Commissioners toyed with the idea of changing the name to Leeds West and renaming Leeds West, Leeds West Central. Local opposition, however, saw the idea dropped.

Pudsey is a well established market town tracing its history back to Domesday Book. In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries the wool textile industry dominated. Pudsey was always proud of its independence from its two larger neighbours Leeds and Bradford and celebrated in 1922 when the Extension Bill to absorb it into Bradford and Leeds was rejected. There was bitter resentment in 1974 when it was assimilated into the Metropolitan Borough of Leeds. Politically Pudsey was seen as a bellwether. From 1950 to 1997 it remained staunchly Conservative.

 

Pudsey
Pudsey in 2015

 

BOUNDARIES

1983–2010: Aireborough Ward, Horsforth Ward, Pudsey North Ward, and Pudsey South Ward.

2010 – : Calverley and Farsley Ward, Guiseley and Rawdon Ward, Horsforth Ward, and Pudsey Ward.

 

TURNOUT

For elections after 1929 when universal suffrage had been granted

Electorate Total votes cast Turnout
1983 70,583 53,525 75.83%
1987 71,681 55,939 78.04%
1992 70,847 56,781 80.15%
1997 71,009 52,731 74.26%
2001 71,405 45,175 63.3%
2005 70,417 46,444 65.96%
2010 69,257 49,083 70.87%
2015 70,533 50,927 72.20%
2017 72,622 53,668 74.30%

 

HIGHEST NUMBER OF VOTES RECORDED BY A WINNING CANDIDATE
2017 – S. Andrew (Conservative) – 25,550

LOWEST NUMBER OF VOTES RECORDED BY A WINNING CANDIDATE
2010 S. Andrew (Conservative) 18,874

HIGHEST MAJORITY RECORDED BY A WINNING CANDIDATE
1992 J. G. D. Shaw (Conservative) 8,972

LOWEST MAJORITY RECORDED BY A WINNING CANDIDATE
2017 – S. Andrew (Conservative) – 331

 

RESULTS

Boundary Commission 1983

1983 - 9th June

Pudsey
J. G. D. Shaw (Conservative) 24,455
J. Cummins (Social Democratic/Liberal Alliance) 19,141
S. M. Price (Labour) 9,542
R. Smith (Independent) 387


1987 - 11th June

Pudsey
J. G. D. Shaw (Conservative) 25,457
J. Cummins (Social Democratic/Liberal Alliance) 19,021
N. Taggart (Labour) 11,461


1992 - 8th April

Pudsey
J. G. D. Shaw (Conservative) 25,067
A. Giles (Labour) 16,095
D. T. Shutt (Liberal Democrat) 15,153
J. Wynne (Green) 466

 

Boundary Commission 1995

1997 - 1st May

Pudsey
P. A. Truswell (Labour) 25,370
P. Bone Conservative) 19,163
J. Brown (Liberal Democrat) 7,375
D. Crabtree (Referendum) 823

 

2001 - 7th June

Pudsey
P. A. Truswell (Labour) 21,717
J. Procter Conservative) 16,091
S. Boddy (Liberal Democrat) 6,423
D. Sewards (United Kingdom Independence) 944


2005 - 5th May

Pudsey
P. A. Truswell (Labour) 21,261
P. A. Singleton Conservative) 15,391
J. F. Keeley (Liberal Democrat) 8,551
D. Daniel (United Kingdom Independence) 1,241



Boundary Commission 2010

2010 - 6th May

Pudsey
S. Andrew (Conservative) 18,874
J. Hanley (Labour) 17,215
J. Matthews (Liberal Democrat) 10,224
I. Gibson (British National) 1,549
D. Dews (United Kingdom Independence) 1,221


2015 - 7th May

Pudsey
S. Andrew (Conservative) 23,637
J. Hanley (Labour) 19,136
R. Tattersall (United Kingdom Independence) 4,689
R. Downs (Liberal Democrat) 1,926
C. Allen (Green) 1,539

2017 - 8th June

Pudsey
S. Andrew (Conservative) 25,550
I. McCargo (Labour & Co-op) 25,219
A. Nixon (Liberal Democrat) 1,761
B. Buxton (Yorkshire) 1,138
M. Wharton (Independent) 291