| Borough constituency |
for the House of Commons
|County|| West Yorkshire |
(West Riding of Yorkshire until 1974)
|Electorate||67,727 (December 2019)|
|Member of Parliament||Rachel Reeves (Labour)|
|Number of members||One|
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. She is currently the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer.
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 wards of Armley and Castleton, Bramley, Stanningley, and Wortley.
1980–1983: The City of Leeds wards of Armley, Bramley, 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. Unusually for a Parliamentary seat, the boundaries do not correspond exactly to the wards' boundaries. The seat includes small areas of the wards for Calverley and Farsley, and Morley North, but also excludes a very small area of Farnley and Wortley, which falls under Leeds Central.
The constituency covers the western part of the city of Leeds in West Yorkshire.
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.
|1918||John Murray||Coalition Liberal|
|Brexit Party||Philip Mars||2,685||6.7||New|
|Liberal Democrats||Dan Walker||1,787||4.4||+2.2|
|Alliance for Green Socialism||Mike Davies||31||0.1||0.0|
|Liberal Democrats||Alasdair McGregor||905||2.2||-1.7|
|Alliance for Green Socialism||Mike Davies||37||0.1||New|
|Liberal Democrats||Laura Coyle||1,495||3.9||−20.3|
|Liberal Democrats||Ruth Coleman||9,373||24.2||+6.8|
|Liberal Democrats||Darren Finlay||5,894||17.5||+7.1|
|Liberal Democrats||Darren Finlay||3,350||10.4||+1.4|
|Liberal Democrats||Nigel Amor||3,622||9.0||+0.1|
|Liberal Democrats||George Howard||4,252||8.9||−24.7|
|Green||Alison M. Mander||569||1.2||New|
|National Front||Robert I. Tenney||132||0.3||New|
|Labour gain from Liberal||Swing|
|Liberal gain from Labour||Swing|
|National Front||J. Duckenfield||466||1.08||New|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing|
|Unionist||George William Martin||13,129||33.0||−9.5|
|Unionist||Alexander Frederick Gordon Renton||13,054||42.5||+8.9|
|Unionist||Alexander Frederick Gordon Renton||9,432||33.6||New|
|Labour gain from Liberal||Swing||+9.2|
|Independent||Joseph Henry Chapman*||1,138||5.6||New|
|Independent Liberal||David Thomas Barnes||619||3.0||New|
|Cindicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.|
* Chapman was supported by the three local branches of National Association of Discharged Sailors and Soldiers, National Federation of Discharged and Demobilized Sailors and Soldiers and Comrades of the Great War.
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;
|Liberal Unionist||Walter Harding||6,522||48.1||-1.5|
|Conservative||John Thomas North||6,218||49.6||+1.1|
Gladstone is appointed First Commissioner of Works, requiring a by-election.
|Liberal win (new seat)|
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