Leeds Constituencies - West


The constituency Leeds West was established in 1885.

This is the only Leeds constituency which has retained its name unchanged name since 1885.
Originally a working-class area of back-to-back housing, many of these have been replaced by council houses and multi-storey flats. Lower middle-class private developments were also carried out in the twentieth century. Wool textile manufacture and engineering were the dominant industries with thriving brick-making and fireclay companies also operating. By the end of the twentieth century several light industrial sites had been developed. Politically it has made history in that in 1903 the Labour Party, then the Labour Representation Committee, won its first seat on the council for New Wortley; in 1924 Tom Stamford won the seat for Labour by just 3 votes, the smallest majority ever recorded in the city; and in 1998 David Blackburn became the first Green Party councillor in Leeds.


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West in 2015
BOUNDARIES

1885–1918: Armley and Wortley Ward, Holbeck Ward, and New Wortley Ward, and part of Bramley Ward.

1918–1950: Armley and Wortley Ward, and Bramley Ward, and part of New Wortley Ward.

1950–1955: Bramley Ward, Farnley and Wortley Ward, and Upper Armley Ward.

1955–1974: Armley Ward, Bramley Ward, Stanningley Ward, Wellington Ward, and Wortley Ward.

1974–1983: Armley Ward, Bramley Ward, Castleton Ward, Stanningley Ward, and Wortley Ward.

1983–2010: Armley Ward, Bramley Ward, Kirkstall Ward, and Wortley Ward.

2010– : Armley Ward, Bramley and Stanningley Ward, Farnley and Wortley Ward, and Kirkstall Ward.

 

TURNOUT

For elections after 1929 when universal suffrage had been granted

  Electorate Total votes cast Turnout
1929 50,916 39,788 78%
1931 50,907 39,055 76.72%
1935 53,727 37,856 70.46%
1945 59,175 45,058 76.14%
1949 61,123 39,761 65.1% by-election
1950 47,873 41,372 86.42%
1951 48,082 41,314 85.92%
1955 60,202 46,587 77.38%
1959 60,269 47,163 78.25%
1964 60,973 45,452 74.54%
1966 60,176 43,336 72.02%
1970 63,491 41,708 65.69%
1974 59,893 46,133 77.03% February
1974 60,402 41,638 68.93% October
1979 58,798 43,116 73.33%
1983 67,538 46,617 69.02%
1987 66,344 48,648 73.33%
1992 67,084 47,725 71.14%
1997 64,194 40,220 62.65%
2001 64,218 32,094 50.0%
2005 62,888 33,718 53.62%
2010 67,453 38,752 57.45%
2015 64,950 38,423 59.16%
2017 67,955 42,229 62.14%

 

 

HIGHEST NUMBER OF VOTES RECORDED BY A WINNING CANDIDATE
2017 – R. Reeves (Labour) 27,013

LOWEST NUMBER OF VOTES RECORDED BY A WINNING CANDIDATE
1886 H. J. Gladstone (Gladstonian Liberal) 5,226

HIGHEST MAJORITY RECORDED BY A WINNING CANDIDATE
1997 J. D. Battle (Labour) 19,771

LOWEST MAJORITY RECORDED BY A WINNING CANDIDATE
1924 T. W. Stamford (Labour) 3 (three)

 

 

RESULTS

1885 - 25th November

West
H. J. Gladstone (Liberal) 6,130
W. Wheelhouse (Conservative) 3,804

1886 - 2nd July

West
H. J. Gladstone (Gladstonian Liberal) 5,226
W. Williams (Conservative) 2,970

 

1892 - 7th July

West
H. J. Gladstone (Gladstonian Liberal) 5,974
A. Greenwood (Conservative) 5,621

 

1895 - 17th July

West
H. J. Gladstone ( Liberal) 6,314
Col. J. T. North (Conservative) 6,218

 

1900 - 4th October

West
H. J. Gladstone ( Liberal) 7,043
T. W. Harding (Conservative) 6,522

 

1906 - 15th January

West
H. J. Gladstone ( Liberal) 9,238
S. Samuel (Conservative) 4,608

 

1910 - 17th January

West
T. E. Harvey (Liberal) 9,969
S. Samuel (Conservative) 6,654

 

1910 - 5th December

West
T. E. Harvey (Liberal) 8,715
G. W. H. Jones (Conservative) 4,445

 
Representation of the People Act 1918 – All men over21 and women over 30 enfranchised Redistribution of the Seats Act 1918

1918 - 14th December

West
J. Murray (Coalition Liberal) 12,642
J. Arnott (Labour) 6,020
H. Chapman (Independent) 1,138
D. T. Barnes (Liberal) 619

 

1922 - 15th November

West
J. Murray (Liberal) 13,391
T. W. Stamford (Labour) 12,487


1923 - 6th December

West
T. W. Stamford (Labour) 11,434
Capt. A. F. G. Renton (Conservative) 9,432
J. Murray (Liberal) 7,200

 

1924 - 29th October

West
T. W. Stamford (Labour) 13,057 *
Capt. A. F. G. Renton (Conservative) 13,054
H. Brown (Liberal) 4,597
[ * The lowest margin of victory in a Leeds Parliamentary election. ]

 
Representation of the People Act 1928 – All women over 21 enfranchised

1929 - 30th May

West
T. W. Stamford (Labour) 18,765
G. W. Martin (Conservative) 13,129
R. Cleworth (Liberal) 7,894

 

1931 - 27th October

West
S. V. T. Adams (Conservative) 24,701 *
T. W. Stamford (Labour) 14,354

[ * National Government candidates. ]


1935 - 14th November

West
S. V. T. Adams (Conservative) 20,545 *
T. W. Stamford (Labour) 17,311

[ * National Government candidates]

1940 [No general election from 1939–1945. Coalition in power during the war.]


1945 - 5th July (main polling day), plus 12th, 19th July. Main result declared 26th July

West
T. W. Stamford (Labour) 26,593 *
S. V. T. Adams (Conservative) 12,457
J. Booth (Liberal) 6,008
[ * Committed suicide 1949. ]


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


1949 - 21st July - by-election

West
T. C. Pannell (Labour) 21,935
B. Mather (Conservative) 17,826

 

Redistribution of the Seats Act 1949

 

1950 - 23th February

West
T. C. Pannell (Labour) 21,339
B. Mather (Conservative) 16,824
C. Rhodes (Liberal) 3,209

 

1951 - 25th October

West
T. C. Pannell (Labour) 22,357
B. Mather (Conservative) 18,957


Boundary Commission 1955



1955 - 26th May

West
T. C. Pannell (Labour) 24,576
J. Hiley (Conservative) 18,312
H. Hudson (Liberal) 3,699


1959 - 8th October

West
T. C. Pannell (Labour) 25,878
D. L. Crouch (Conservative) 21,285

 

1964 - 15th October

West
T. C. Pannell (Labour) 22,968
I. M. Glover (Conservative) 15,697
D. Pedder (Liberal) 6,787

 

1966 - 31st March

West
T. C. Pannell (Labour) 24,391
I. M. Glover (Conservative) 13,883
D. Pedder (Liberal) 5,062

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


1970 - 18th June

West
T. C. Pannell (Labour) 21,618
A. Leitch (Conservative) 14,749
P. Armitage (Liberal) 5,341

 

1974 - 28th February

West
J. Dean (Labour) 19,436
M. Meadowcroft (Liberal) 15,451
D. Hall (Conservative) 11,246


1974 - 10th October

West
J. Dean (Labour) 20,669
M. Meadowcroft (Liberal) 13,062
D. Hall (Conservative) 7,907

 

1979 - 3rd May

West
J. Dean (Labour) 21,290
H. Simmonds (Conservative) 11,626
C. Greenfield (Liberal) 9,734
J. Duckenfield (National Front) 466

 

Boundary Commission 1983

1983 - 9th June

West
M. Meadowcroft (Liberal) 17, 908
J. Dean (Labour) 15,860
J. Keeble (Conservative) 12,515
A. Braithwaite (British National ) 334



1987 - 11th June

West
J. D. Battle (Labour) 21,032
M. Meadowcroft ( (Liberal) 16,340
P. D. Allott (Conservative) 11,276

1992 - 8th April

West
J. D. Battle (Labour) 26,310
P. Bartlett (Conservative) 12,482
G. Howard (Liberal Democrat) 4,252
M. Meadowcroft (Liberal) 3,980
A. M. Mander (Green) 569
R. Tenny (National Front) 132

 

Boundary Commission 1995

1997 - 1st May

West
J. D. Battle (Labour) 26,819
J. Whelan (Conservative) 7,048
N. Amor (Liberal Democrat) 3,622
B. Finley (Referendum) 1,210
D. Blackburn (Green) 896
N. Nowosielski (Liberal) 625

 

2001 - 7th June

West
J. D. Battle (Labour) 19,943
K. Hopkins (Conservative) 5,008
D. Finlay (Liberal Democrat) 3,350
D. Blackburn (Green) 2,573
B. Finley (United Kingdom Independence) 758
N. Nowosielski (Liberal) 462

2005 - 5th May

West
J. D. Battle (Labour) 18,704
D. Finlay (Liberal Democrat) 5,894
T. A. Metcalfe (Conservative) 4,807
D. Blackburn (Green) 2,519
A. J. Day (British National) 1,166
D. Sewards (United Kingdom Independence) 628



Boundary Commission 2010

2010 - 6th May

West
R. Reeves (Labour) 16,389
R. Coleman (Liberal Democrat) 9,373
J. W. Marjoram (Conservative) 7,641
J. Beverley (British National) 2,377
D. Blackburn (Green) 1,832
J. Miles (United Kingdom Independence) 1,140



2015 - 7th May

West
R. Reeves (Labour) 18,456
A. Pierre-Traves (Conservative) 7,729
A. Murgatroyd (United Kingdom Independence) 7,104
A. Pointon (Green) 3,217
L. Coyle (Liberal Democrat) 1,495
M. West (Cannabis) 217
B. Major (Trade Unionist & Socialist Coalition) 205

 

2017 - 8th June

West
R. Reeves (Labour) 27,013
Z. Metcalfe (Conservative) 11,048
M. Thackray (United Kingdom Independence) 1,815
A. Pointon (Green) 1,023
Z. McGregor (Liberal Democrat) 905
E. Jones (Yorkshire) 378
M. Davies (Green Socialist) 47