Elmet & Rothwell

2015 Result:
Conservative: 27978 (48.4%)
Labour: 19488 (33.7%)
Lib Dem: 2640 (4.6%)
Green: 1261 (2.2%)
UKIP: 6430 (11.1%)
MAJORITY: 8490 (14.7%)

Category: Semi-marginal Conservative seat

Geography: Yorkshire and the Humber, West Yorkshire. Part of the Leeds council area.

Main population centres: Garforth, Wetherby, Rothwell, Kippax.

Profile: The rural hinterland to the east of Leeds, including the traditional market town of Wetherby and the former coal mining towns and villages like Garforth, Rothwell and Kippax. The area is under going a transisition from old mining communities to more affluent commuter and dormitory towns for the Leeds conurbation to the west. There is no town of Elmet, the name refers to an ancient Celtic kingdom in the area.

Politics: Elmet and Rothwell is a seat of two contrasting halves. To the north Wetherby has more in common with Conservative North Yorkshire, features much affluent new housing and is strongly Conservative. To the south former mining villages like Kippax remain very much Labour strongholds. As such the seat is a marginal between the Conservatives and Labour, being held by the Conservatives in the 1980s, falling to Labour in their 1997 landslide and - despite boundary changes that were favourable to Labour - being regained by the Conservatives in 2010.

Current MP
ALEC SHELBROOKE (Conservative) Born 1976, Gravesend. Educated at St Georges CE School and Brunel University. Former mechanical engineer. Leeds councillor 2004-2010. Contested Wakefield 2005. First elected as MP for Elmet & Rothwell in 2010.
Past Results
Con: 23778 (43%)
Lab: 19257 (35%)
LDem: 9109 (16%)
BNP: 1802 (3%)
Oth: 1843 (3%)
MAJ: 4521 (8%)
Con: 17732 (38%)
Lab: 22260 (47%)
LDem: 5923 (13%)
BNP: 1231 (3%)
MAJ: 4528 (10%)
Con: 17867 (39%)
Lab: 22038 (48%)
LDem: 5001 (11%)
UKIP: 1031 (2%)
MAJ: 4171 (9%)
Con: 19569 (36%)
Lab: 28348 (52%)
LDem: 4691 (9%)
MAJ: 8779 (16%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005, name changed from Elmet

2015 Candidates
ALEC SHELBROOKE (Conservative) See above.
VERONICA KING (Labour) Born Leeds. Educated at Cardinal Heenan.
STEWART GOLTON (Liberal Democrat) Leeds councillor. Contested Elmet and Rothwell 2010.
Comments - 107 Responses on “Elmet & Rothwell”
  1. Interesting. Dobson made his name as leader of the Garforth Residents Group (he had a letter published in the Evening Post at least once a week for over a year before standing for election as a Labour councillor)

  2. Another Labour Cllr has now defected to join him (Cllr Sarah Field) and form an Ind Residents Group.

  3. A third Lab Councillor has now quit the group (Janette Walker) though she represents Crossgates which, I think, is East Leeds rather than this seat

  4. That is correct, Paul D.

    Cross Gates & Whinmoor (and predecessor wards covering largely the same area) has been part of the Leeds East constituency for decades.

  5. This was one of the few bright spots for the Tories in the West Riding- another Labour to Conservative swing. The Conservatives probably hit 70% in Harewood and Wetherby.

  6. Elmet and Rothwell was 56:44 for leave in the EU Referendum; in the context of how the country swung as a whole in GE2017 that was really quite ‘neutral’.

    I’m guessing that other factors such as the lower proportion of 18-15s here, and the fact that there are fewer renters here caused the Lab>Con swing here.

  7. James E- I’m not really sure what you are trying to say. I wasn’t suggesting it was anything to do with the referendum. I was merely pointing out that in the context of how the Tories did in the West Riding overall, this was a good result for them.

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