Leeds West (UK Parliament constituency)

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Leeds West
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
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Boundary of Leeds West in West Yorkshire
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Location of West Yorkshire within England
County West Yorkshire
(West Riding of Yorkshire until 1974)
Electorate 67,727 (December 2019) [1]
Current constituency
Created 1885
Member of Parliament Rachel Reeves (Labour)
Number of membersOne
Created from Leeds

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.

Boundaries

Leeds West (UK Parliament constituency)
Map of present boundaries

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. [2]

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

History

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

Rachel Reeves, Member of Parliament for Leeds West since 2010 Official portrait of Rachel Reeves crop 3.jpg
Rachel Reeves, Member of Parliament for Leeds West since 2010
YearMember [3] 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

Elections in the 2010s

General election 2019: Leeds West [4]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Rachel Reeves 22,186 55.1 -8.8
Conservative Mark Dormer11,62228.9+2.7
Brexit Party Philip Mars2,6856.7New
Liberal Democrats Dan Walker1,7874.4+2.2
Green Victoria Smith1,2743.2+0.8
Yorkshire Ian Cowling6501.6+0.7
SDP Daniel Whetstone460.1New
Alliance for Green SocialismMike Davies310.10.0
Majority10,56426.2-11.5
Turnout 40,28159.5-2.6
Labour hold Swing
General election 2017: Leeds West [5]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Rachel Reeves 27,013 63.9 +15.9
Conservative Zoë Metcalfe 11,04826.2+6.1
UKIP Mark Thackray1,8154.3-14.2
Green Andrew Pointon1,0232.4-6.0
Liberal Democrats Alasdair McGregor9052.2-1.7
Yorkshire Ed Jones3780.9New
Alliance for Green SocialismMike Davies370.1New
Majority15,96537.7+9.8
Turnout 42,30162.1+2.9
Labour hold Swing +5.0
General election 2015: Leeds West [6] [7]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Rachel Reeves 18,456 48.0 +5.7
Conservative Alex Pierre-Traves7,72920.1+0.4
UKIP Anne Murgatroyd7,10418.5+15.6
Green Andrew Pointon3,2178.4+3.7
Liberal Democrats Laura Coyle1,4953.9−20.3
CISTA Matthew West2170.6New
TUSC Ben Mayor2050.5New
Majority10,72727.9+9.8
Turnout 38,42359.2+1.7
Labour hold Swing +2.65
General election 2010: Leeds West [8] [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Rachel Reeves 16,389 42.3 −13.9
Liberal Democrats Ruth Coleman9,37324.2+6.8
Conservative Joe Marjoram7,64119.7+5.6
BNP Joanna Beverley2,3776.1+2.8
Green David Blackburn1,8324.7−2.5
UKIP Jeff Miles1,1402.9+1.1
Majority7,01618.1−20.7
Turnout 38,75257.5+4.7
Labour hold Swing −10.3

Elections in the 2000s

General election 2005: Leeds West [10]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour John Battle 18,704 55.5 −6.6
Liberal Democrats Darren Finlay5,89417.5+7.1
Conservative Tim Metcalfe4,80714.3−1.3
Green David Blackburn2,5197.5−0.5
BNP Julie Day1,1663.5New
UKIP David Sewards6281.9−0.5
Majority12,81038.0−8.5
Turnout 33,71953.6+3.6
Labour hold Swing
General election 2001: Leeds West [11]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour John Battle 19,943 62.1 −4.6
Conservative Kris Hopkins 5,00815.6−1.9
Liberal Democrats Darren Finlay3,35010.4+1.4
Green David Blackburn2,5738.0+5.8
UKIP Bill Finley7582.4New
Liberal Noel Nowosielski4621.4−0.2
Majority14,93546.5-2.7
Turnout 32,09450.0−12.7
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s

General election 1997: Leeds West [12]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour John Battle 26,819 66.7 +11.6
Conservative John Whelan7,04817.5−8.7
Liberal Democrats Nigel Amor3,6229.0+0.1
Referendum Bill Finley1,2103.00.0
Green David Blackburn8962.2+1.0
Liberal Noel Nowosielski6251.6−6.7
Majority19,77149.2+20.2
Turnout 40,22062.9−8,2
Labour hold Swing
General election 1992: Leeds West [13] [14]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour John Battle 26,310 55.1 +11.9
Conservative Paul Bartlett12,48226.2+3.0
Liberal Democrats George Howard 4,2528.9−24.7
Liberal Michael Meadowcroft 3,9808.3New
Green Alison M. Mander5691.2New
National Front Robert I. Tenney1320.3New
Majority13,82829.0+19.4
Turnout 47,72571.2−2.1
Labour hold Swing +4.5

Elections in the 1980s

General election 1987: Leeds West [15] [16]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour John Battle 21,032 43.2 +9.2
Liberal Michael Meadowcroft 16,34033.6−4.8
Conservative Philip Allott 11,27623.2−3.6
Majority4,6929.6N/A
Turnout 48,64873.3+4.3
Labour gain from Liberal Swing
General election 1983: Leeds West [17] [18]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal Michael Meadowcroft 17,90838.42+15.8
Labour Joseph Dean 15,86034.02
Conservative Jocelyn Keeble12,51526.85
BNP A. Braithwaite3340.72New
Majority2,0484.40N/A
Turnout 46,61769.02
Liberal gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1970s

General election 1979: Leeds West
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Joseph Dean 21,29049.38
Conservative H. Simmonds11,62626.96
Liberal C. Greenfield9,73422.58
National Front J. Duckenfield4661.08New
Majority9,66422.42
Turnout 43,11673.33
Labour hold Swing
General election October 1974: Leeds West
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Joseph Dean 20,66949.64
Liberal Michael Meadowcroft 13,06231.37
Conservative D. Hall7,90718.99
Majority7,60718.27
Turnout 41,63868.93
Labour hold Swing
General election February 1974: Leeds West
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Joseph Dean 19,43642.13
Liberal Michael Meadowcroft 15,45133.49
Conservative D. Hall11,24624.38
Majority3,9858.64
Turnout 46,13377.03
Labour hold Swing
General election 1970: Leeds West [19]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Charles Pannell 21,61851.83
Conservative Alexander Leitch14,74935.36
Liberal Patricia Armitage5,34112.81
Majority6,86916.47
Turnout 41,70865.69
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s

General election 1966: Leeds West [20]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Charles Pannell 24,39156.28
Conservative Michael Glover13,88332.04
Liberal Denis Pedder5,06211.68
Majority10,50824.24
Turnout 43,33672.02
Labour hold Swing
General election 1964: Leeds West [21]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Charles Pannell 22,96850.53
Conservative Michael Glover15,69734.54
Liberal Denis Pedder6,78714.93New
Majority7,27115.99
Turnout 45,45274.54
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s

General election 1959: Leeds West [22]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Charles Pannell 25,87854.87
Conservative David Crouch 21,28545.13
Majority4,5939.74
Turnout 47,16378.25
Labour hold Swing
General election 1955: Leeds West [23]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Charles Pannell 24,57652.75
Conservative Joseph Hiley 18,31239.31
Liberal Harold Hudson3,6997.94New
Majority6,26413.44
Turnout 46,58777.38
Labour hold Swing
General election 1951: Leeds West [24]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Charles Pannell 22,35754.11
Conservative Bertrand Mather18,95745.89
Majority3,4008.22
Turnout 41,31485.92
Labour hold Swing
General election 1950: Leeds West
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Charles Pannell 21,33951.58
Conservative Bertrand Mather16,82440.67
Liberal Cecil Rhodes3,2097.76
Majority4,51510.91
Turnout 41,37286.42
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1940s

Leeds West by-election 1949 [25]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Charles Pannell 21,935 55.2 -3.8
Conservative B. Mather17,82644.8+17.1
Majority4,10910.4-21.0
Turnout 39,761
Labour hold Swing
General election 1945: Leeds West [26]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Thomas Stamford 26,593 59.0 +14.3
Conservative Vyvyan Adams 12,45727.7-26.6
Liberal James Booth 6,00813.3New
Majority14,13631.3N/A
Turnout 45,05876.1+5.6
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Elections in the 1930s

General election 1935: Leeds West
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Vyvyan Adams 20,54554.27
Labour Thomas Stamford 17,31145.73
Majority3,2348.54
Turnout 37,85670.46
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1931: Leeds West
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Vyvyan Adams 24,70163.25
Labour Thomas Stamford 14,35436.75
Majority10,34726.50N/A
Turnout 39,05576.72
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1920s

General election 1929: Leeds West [27]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Thomas Stamford 18,765 47.2 +4.7
Unionist George William Martin13,12933.09.5
Liberal Ralph Cleworth 7,89419.8+4.8
Majority5,63614.2+14.2
Turnout 39,78879.4+1.9
Registered electors 50,107
Labour hold Swing +7.1
General election 1924: Leeds West [28]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Thomas Stamford 13,057 42.5 +1.8
Unionist Alexander Frederick Gordon Renton13,05442.5+8.9
Liberal Herbert Brown4,59715.010.7
Majority30.07.1
Turnout 30,70877.5+5.9
Registered electors 39,644
Labour hold Swing 3.6
General election 1923: Leeds West [28]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Thomas Stamford 11,434 40.7 7.6
Unionist Alexander Frederick Gordon Renton9,43233.6New
Liberal John Murray 7,20025.726.0
Majority2,0027.1N/A
Turnout 28,06671.6+4.0
Registered electors 39,175
Labour gain from Liberal Swing +9.2
General election 1922: Leeds West [28]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal John Murray 13,391 51.7 10.2
Labour Thomas Stamford 12,48748.3+18.8
Majority9043.429.0
Turnout 25,87867.6+14.9
Registered electors 38,259
Liberal hold Swing 14.5

Elections in the 1910s

General election 1918: Leeds West [28]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
C Liberal John Murray 12,64261.94.3
Labour John Arnott 6,02029.5New
Independent Joseph Henry Chapman*1,1385.6New
Independent Liberal David Thomas Barnes6193.0New
Majority6,62232.40.0
Turnout 20,41952.717.0
Registered electors 38,766
Liberal hold Swing N/A
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;

General election December 1910: Leeds West [29]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal Edmund Harvey 8,715 66.2 +6.2
Conservative George Jones 4,44533.8-6.2
Majority4,27032.4+12.4
Turnout 13,16069.7-18.4
Liberal hold Swing +6.2
Edmund Harvey Edmund Harvey.jpg
Edmund Harvey
General election January 1910: Leeds West [29]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal Edmund Harvey 9,969 60.0 -6.6
Conservative Samuel Samuel 6,65440.0+6.6
Majority3,31520.0-13.2
Turnout 16,62388.1+13.0
Liberal hold Swing -6.6

Elections in the 1900s

General election 1906: Leeds West [29]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal Herbert Gladstone 9,258 66.6 +14.7
Conservative Samuel Samuel 4,65033.4-14.7
Majority4,60833.2+29.4
Turnout 13,90875.1-5.3
Registered electors 18,518
Liberal hold Swing +14.7
H. Gladstone Herbert John Gladstone.jpg
H. Gladstone
General election 1900: Leeds West [29]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal Herbert Gladstone 7,043 51.9 +1.5
Liberal Unionist Walter Harding 6,52248.1-1.5
Majority5213.8+3.0
Turnout 13,56580.4-6.9
Registered electors 16,867
Liberal hold Swing +1.5

Elections in the 1890s

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J.T. North
General election 1895: Leeds West [29]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal Herbert Gladstone 6,314 50.4 -1.1
Conservative John Thomas North 6,21849.6+1.1
Majority960.8-2.2
Turnout 12,53287.3+1.5
Registered electors 14,358
Liberal hold Swing -1.1
By-election 16 Mar 1894: Leeds West [29]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal Herbert Gladstone Unopposed
Liberal hold

Gladstone is appointed First Commissioner of Works, requiring a by-election.

H. Gladstone Herbert Gladstone.jpg
H. Gladstone
General election 1892: Leeds West [29]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal Herbert Gladstone 5,974 51.5 -12.3
Conservative Arthur Greenwood [30] 5,62148.5+12.3
Majority3533.0-24.6
Turnout 11,59585.8+17.8
Registered electors 13,510
Liberal hold Swing -12.3

Elections in the 1880s

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Charles Williams
General election 1886: Leeds West [29]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal Herbert Gladstone 5,226 63.8 +2.1
Conservative Charles Williams 2,97036.2-2.1
Majority2,25627.6+4.2
Turnout 8,19668.0-14.4
Registered electors 12,058
Liberal hold Swing +1.6
General election 1885: Leeds West [29]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal Herbert Gladstone 6,130 61.7
Conservative William Wheelhouse 3,80438.3
Majority2,32623.4
Turnout 9,93482.4
Registered electors 12,058
Liberal win (new seat)

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