Pudsey (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Pudsey in West Yorkshire
Location of West Yorkshire within England
|Electorate||70,533 (May 2015)|
|Member of Parliament||Stuart Andrew (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Pudsey and Otley|
|Number of members||One|
|Replaced by||Pudsey and Otley|
|Created from||Eastern West Riding of Yorkshire|
|European Parliament constituency||Yorkshire and the Humber|
Since 1997 campaigns in the seat have resulted in a minimum of 33.1% of votes at each election consistently for the same two parties' choice for candidate, and the next-placed party's having fluctuated between 3.1% and 20.8% of the vote — such third-placed figures achieved much higher percentages in 1992 and in previous decades.
- Historic boundaries
The Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 provided that the constituency should consist of:
- the municipal borough of Leeds save for those parts in the Leeds constituencies
- the Parishes of Drighlington, Hunsworth, and Tong,
- so much of the Parishes of Calverley with Farsley and Pudsey as are not included in the Municipal Borough of Bradford,
- the Parishes of Churwell, Gildersome, Horsforth and Rawdon in the Sessional Division of Skyrack.
- Post-1950 boundaries
1950–1983: The Municipal Borough of Pudsey, and the Urban Districts of Aireborough and Horsforth.
1983–2010: The City of Leeds wards of Aireborough, Horsforth, Pudsey North, and Pudsey South.
The Pudsey constituency was first created in 1885 by the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885, and was first used in the general election that year. The seat had formerly been part of Eastern West Riding of Yorkshire constituency. On 1 June 1908 George Whiteley voluntarily resigned from Parliament resulting in a by-election in the constituency.
The constituency was abolished in 1918 and replaced by the constituency of Pudsey and Otley until 1950.
The constituency was recreated for contesting in the 1950 general election and has existed ever since.
In their Third Periodic Review of Westminster Constituencies (1976–1983) the Boundary Commission initially suggested renaming the constituency Leeds West, with the existing Leeds West constituency in turn being renamed Leeds West Central. This was opposed at local enquiries where the current name was retained.
Since 1979 the constituency has been a bellwether. The constituency covers suburban settlements to the upland west and north-west of Leeds, including Pudsey, Farsley, Horsforth, Yeadon and Guiseley with low dependency on social housing, average workers' income close to the British average and low unemployment. This was from its 1950 recreation a win for candidates who were members of the Conservative Party before a member of the Labour Party gained it in the New Labour landslide of 1997.
Members of Parliament
|1908 by-election||John James Oddy||Conservative|
|Jan 1910||Frederick Ogden||Liberal|
|1918||constituency abolished: see Pudsey & Otley|
|Feb 1974||Giles Shaw||Conservative|
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrats||Ian Dowling||3,088||5.7||+2.4|
|Yorkshire Party||Bob Buxton||844||1.6||-0.6|
|Labour Co-op||Ian McCargo||25,219||46.7||+9.2|
|Liberal Democrats||Allen Nixon||1,761||3.3||-0.5|
|Yorkshire Party||Bob Buxton||1,138||2.1||N/A|
The 2017 election saw the Green Party standing aside after talks with the Labour candidate, to seek to avert Andrew's re-election, but ultimately Andrew was narrowly reelected.
|Liberal Democrats||Ryk Downes||1,926||3.8||-17.0|
The 2015 election saw a record-equal total of five candidates stand in Pudsey.
|Liberal Democrats||Jamie Matthews||10,224||20.8||+2.7|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+7.6|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrats||James Keeley||8,551||18.4||+4.2|
|Liberal Democrats||Stephen Boddy||6,423||14.2||+0.2|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrats||Jonathan Brown||7,375||14.0||-12.7|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||13.2|
|Liberal Democrats||David Shutt||15,153||26.69||-7.31|
Elections in the 1980s
|Liberal||Julian P.F. Cummins||19,021||34.00||-1.76|
Elections in the 1970s
Elections in the 1960s
|Liberal||Robert HJ Rhodes||7,353||15.80|
|Labour||Bernard P Atha||16,100||34.69|
|Liberal||J Trevor Wilson||8,732||18.81|
Elections in the 1950s
|Labour||Vincent P Richardson||16,241||35.76||-1.30|
|Labour||Barry A Payton||15,881||37.06||-9.20|
Elections in the 1910s
Elections in the 1900s
|Independent Labour||J. W. Benson||1,291||10.7||N/A|
|Conservative gain from Liberal||Swing||+17.0|
|Liberal Unionist||C W Ford||3,541||33.5||−14.1|
Elections in the 1890s
|Liberal Unionist||Andrew Fairbairn||5,070||47.8||+0.7|
|Liberal Unionist||Edwin Woodhouse||4,924||47.1||+3.4|
Elections in the 1880s
|Liberal win (new seat)|
- A county 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.
- As the seats of Leeds Central, Leeds East, Leeds North, Leeds South and Leeds West were also created in 1885, this by inference did not refer to the whole of the municipal borough of Leeds.
- By accepting appointment as Steward of the Manor of Northstead.
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