Leeds North West (UK Parliament constituency)
Leeds North West is a constituency[n 1] in the City of Leeds which has been represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2017 by Alex Sobel, of the Labour and Co-operative Party.[n 2]
|Leeds North West|
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Leeds North West in West Yorkshire
Location of West Yorkshire within England
(West Riding of Yorkshire until 1974)
|Electorate||65,047 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Yeadon, Otley and Headingley|
|Member of Parliament||Alex Sobel (Labour Co-op)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Leeds Central and Leeds North|
|European Parliament constituency||Yorkshire and the Humber|
The seat has been relative to others a marginal seat since 2010 as its winner's majority has not exceeded 9.1% of the vote since the 20.1% majority won in that year. The seat has changed hands once since that year.
1950–1955: The County Borough of Leeds wards of Far Headingley, Hyde Park, and Kirkstall.
1955–1974: The County Borough of Leeds wards of Far Headingley, Hyde Park, Kirkstall, Meanwood, and Moortown.
1974–1983: The County Borough of Leeds wards of Cookridge, Headingley, Kirkstall, Moortown, and Weetwood.
1983–2010: The City of Leeds wards of Cookridge, Headingley, Otley and Wharfedale, and Weetwood.
2010–present: The City of Leeds wards of Adel and Wharfedale, Headingley, Otley and Yeadon, and Weetwood.
The constituency covers the north western part of the metropolitan borough of the City of Leeds, West Yorkshire. It stretches from Yeadon in the north west and Otley in the north east to Headingley in the south in terms of major settlements.
The constituency was created in 1950, as Leeds North-West; the name was changed by dropping the hyphen in 1955. Before the 1950 general election, Leeds was represented by the constituencies of: Leeds Central, Leeds North, Leeds South, Leeds West, (all created 1885); Leeds North-East and Leeds South-East (both created 1918). There were also constituencies of Batley and Morley (created 1918) and Pudsey and Otley (created 1918 replacing Pudsey). Leeds North West was created before the 1950 election, and at the same time the Pudsey and Otley constituency was abolished, re-creating the Pudsey constituency and moving Otley into the Ripon constituency. The Leeds North West boundary was revised prior to the 1983 general election, bringing in Otley and the nearby villages of Bramhope, Pool-in-Wharfedale and Arthington from the abolition of the Ripon constituency.
The constituency was held for the Conservative Party by Donald Kaberry from its creation in 1950 until his retirement in 1983, and then by Keith Hampson (1983–1997), who had previously been MP for Ripon. It was taken for Labour in the 1997 general election by Harold Best, who was re-elected in the 2001 general election. Best retired at the 2005 general election. The seat was contested for Labour by Judith Blake (at that time Deputy Leader of the Labour Group on Leeds City Council, and later also Labour's candidate in the 2010 general election), but it was taken for the Liberal Democrats by Greg Mulholland. Mulholland was re-elected in 2010 and 2015. Alex Sobel regained the seat for Labour in the 2017 general election.
This constituency has one of the biggest student populations in the country; over a quarter of the electorate, comprises outer Leeds suburbs being professional, middle-to-high income and residential.
It is within the Yorkshire and the Humber European Parliament constituency, which as of May 2019 is represented by three Brexit Party, one Labour, one Liberal Democrat and one Green Party MEPs.
Members of Parliament
|1950||Sir Donald Kaberry||Conservative|
|2005||Greg Mulholland||Liberal Democrat|
|2017||Alex Sobel||Labour Co-op|
Elections in the 2010s
|Labour Co-op||Alex Sobel||23,971||48.6||+4.5|
|Liberal Democrats||Kamran Hussain||9,397||19.1||-15.9|
|Brexit Party||Graeme Webber||1,304||2.7||N/A|
|Labour Co-op||Alex Sobel||20,416||44.1||+14.0|
|Liberal Democrats||Greg Mulholland||16,192||35.0||-1.8|
|Labour gain from Liberal Democrats||Swing||+7.9|
|Liberal Democrats||Greg Mulholland||15,948||36.8||-10.7|
|Yorkshire First||Bob Buxton||143||0.3||N/A|
|Alliance for Green Socialism||Mike Davies||79||0.2||-0.1|
|Above and Beyond||Mark Flanagan||24||0.1||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing||-9.9|
|Liberal Democrats||Greg Mulholland||20,653||47.5||+10.6|
|English Democrat||Alan Procter||153||0.4||-1.0|
|Alliance for Green Socialism||Trevor Bavage||121||0.3||-0.2|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing||+5.4|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrats||Greg Mulholland||16,612||37.2||+10.3|
|English Democrat||Adrian Knowles||545||1.2||N/A|
|Alliance for Green Socialism||Jeannie Sutton||181||0.4||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats gain from Labour||Swing||9.6|
|Liberal Democrats||David Hall-Matthews||11,431||26.9||+3.3|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrats||Barbara Pearce||11,689||23.7||-3.6|
|Socialist Labour||Roger Lamb||335||0.7||N/A|
|ProLife Alliance||Robert Toome||251||0.5||N/A|
|Ronnie The Rhino||Daniel Duffy||232||0.5||N/A|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+11.8|
|Liberal Democrats||Barbara A. Pearce||14,079||27.8||−5.6|
|Green||David C. Webb||519||1.0||−0.3|
|Liberal||Noel A.B. Nowosielski||427||0.8||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|Social Democratic||Norman Jones||14,042||28.96|
|Ind. Conservative||C. Haygreen||437||0.90|
Elections in the 1970s
|Labour||Peter A. O'Grady||17,623||35.10|
|Liberal||Laurence Walter Keates||7,899||15.73|
Elections in the 1960s
|Labour||Dennis Burrill Matthews||18,862||32.83|
Elections in the 1950s
|Labour||Dennis Burrill Matthews||18,508||34.45|
|Labour||Dennis Burrill Matthews||16,594||34.20|
|Liberal||Joseph Owen Hogley||3,078||7.36|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- A borough constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
- As with all constituencies, the constituency elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.
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