Morley and Leeds South (UK Parliament constituency)

Morley and Leeds South (often known as Leeds South and Morley) was a borough constituency in West Yorkshire, which returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1983 until it was abolished for the 1997 general election.

Morley and Leeds South
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
CountyWest Yorkshire
19831997
Number of membersOne
Replaced byMorley and Rothwell, Leeds Central [1]
Created fromBatley & Morley, Leeds South and Normanton[1]

History

This was a safe Labour seat during the three parliaments of its existence. The former Home Secretary Merlyn Rees was the MP from 1983 to 1992.

Boundaries

The City of Leeds wards of Hunslet, Middleton, Morley North, and Morley South.

The constituency was located on the southern outskirts of the City of Leeds and included the town of Morley. The area is now more or less covered by Leeds Central and Morley and Outwood.

Members of Parliament

ElectionMember[2]Party
1983Merlyn ReesLabour
1992John GunnellLabour
1997 constituency abolished: see Morley and Rothwell, Leeds Central[1]

Elections

Elections in the 1980s

General election 1983: Morley and Leeds South[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Merlyn Rees 18,995 45.9 N/A
Conservative William Hyde 13,141 31.8 N/A
Social Democratic Peter Burley 9,216 22.3 N/A
Majority 5,854 14.2 N/A
Turnout 41,352 67.9 N/A
Labour win (new seat)
General election 1987: Morley and Leeds South[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Merlyn Rees 21,551 49.5 +3.6
Conservative Tessa Holdroyd 14,840 34.2 +2.4
Social Democratic Edward Dawson 7,099 16.3 −6.0
Majority 6,711 15.4
Turnout 43,490 71.6 +3.7
Labour hold Swing +0.6

Elections in the 1990s

General election 1992: Morley and Leeds South[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Gunnell 23,896 52.2 +2.7
Conservative George Booth 16,524 36.1 +1.9
Liberal Democrats Joan Walmsley 5,062 11.1 −5.2
Natural Law Robert Thurston 327 0.7 N/A
Majority 7,372 16.1
Turnout 45,809 72.5 +0.9
Labour hold Swing +0.4

See also

Notes and references

  1. "'Leeds South and Morley', June 1983 up to May 1997". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Retrieved 2 March 2016.
  2. Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "M" (part 3)
  3. "Politics Resources". Election 1983. Politics Resources. 9 June 1983. Retrieved 4 August 2013.
  4. "Politics Resources". Election 1983. Politics Resources. 9 June 1983. Retrieved 4 August 2013.
  5. "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
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