Morley and Rothwell (UK Parliament constituency)

Morley and Rothwell was a parliamentary constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.

Morley and Rothwell
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Morley and Rothwell in West Yorkshire for the 2005 general election
Location of West Yorkshire within England
CountyWest Yorkshire
Major settlementsMorley, Rothwell, Middleton
Number of membersOne
Replaced byElmet and Rothwell, Morley and Outwood, Leeds Central
Created fromMorley and Leeds South


This constituency was created in 1997 and abolished in 2010. It was held for the entire period of its existence by the Labour Party.


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

The constituency covered the West Yorkshire towns of Morley and Rothwell, the villages that surround the towns, and the old pit village of Middleton.

Boundary review

Following their review of parliamentary representation in West Yorkshire, the Boundary Commission for England have created a number of modified constituencies as a consequence of a falling population.

A new constituency of Elmet and Rothwell has been created to move Rothwell from this seat. The successor seat to Morley and Rothwell is Morley and Outwood, which attaches wards from Wakefield to the Morley area. Middleton is being transferred to the Leeds Central seat.

Members of Parliament

ElectionMember [1] Party
1997 John Gunnell Labour
2001 Colin Challen Labour
2010Constituency abolished: see Morley and Outwood,
Elmet and Rothwell and Leeds Central


General election 1997: Morley and Rothwell[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Gunnell 26,836 58.5 N/A
Conservative Alan Barraclough 12,086 26.3 N/A
Liberal Democrats Mitchell Galdas 5,087 11.1 N/A
Referendum David Mitchell-Innes 1,359 3.0 N/A
BNP Roger Wood 381 0.8 N/A
ProLife Alliance Pat Sammon 148 0.3 N/A
Majority 14,750 32.2 N/A
Turnout 45,897 67.1 N/A
Labour win (new seat)
General election 2001: Morley and Rothwell[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Colin Challen 21,919 57.0 1.5
Conservative David Schofield 9,829 25.6 0.8
Liberal Democrats Stewart Golton 5,446 14.2 +3.1
UKIP John Bardsley 1,248 3.2 N/A
Majority 12,090 31.4
Turnout 38,442 53.5 13.5
Labour hold Swing
General election 2005: Morley and Rothwell[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Colin Challen 20,570 48.4 8.6
Conservative Nick Vineall 8,227 19.4 6.2
Liberal Democrats Stewart Golton 6,819 16.0 +1.8
Independent Robert Finnigan 4,608 10.8 N/A
BNP Chris Beverley 2,271 5.3 N/A
Majority 12,343 29.0
Turnout 42,495 58.8 +5.3
Labour hold Swing

See also

Notes and references

  1. Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "M" (part 3)
  2. "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  3. "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  4. "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.

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