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Leeds Central

2010 Results:
Conservative: 7541 (20.17%)
Labour: 18434 (49.3%)
Liberal Democrat: 7789 (20.83%)
BNP: 3066 (8.2%)
Independent: 409 (1.09%)
Others: 155 (0.41%)
Majority: 10645 (28.47%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Labour: 19216 (55.6%)
Liberal Democrat: 7503 (21.7%)
Conservative: 4853 (14%)
Other: 2990 (8.7%)
Majority: 11713 (33.9%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 3865 (13.2%)
Labour: 17526 (60%)
Liberal Democrat: 5660 (19.4%)
BNP: 1201 (4.1%)
UKIP: 494 (1.7%)
Other: 440 (1.5%)
Majority: 11866 (40.7%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 3896 (14.3%)
Labour: 18277 (66.9%)
Liberal Democrat: 3607 (13.2%)
UKIP: 775 (2.8%)
Other: 751 (2.8%)
Majority: 14381 (52.7%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 5077 (13.7%)
Labour: 25766 (69.6%)
Liberal Democrat: 4164 (11.3%)
Referendum: 1042 (2.8%)
Other: 960 (2.6%)
Majority: 20689 (55.9%)

Boundary changes:

Profile:

portraitCurrent MP: Hilary Benn(Labour) born 1953, Hammersmith, son of former cabinet minister Tony Benn. Educated at Holland Park School and the University of Sussex. Former trade union official and special advisor to David Blunkett. Ealing councillor 1979-1990. Contested Ealing North 1983, 1987. First elected as MP for Leeds Central in 1999 by-election. Parliamentary under secretary for international development 2001-2002, prisons minister 2002-2003, minister of state for international development 2003, secretary of state for international development 2003-2007. Secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs (despite being a vegetarian) 2007-2010. Contested Labour deputy leadership in 2007 (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitAlan Lamb (Conservative) Leeds councillor.
portraitHilary Benn(Labour) born 1953, Hammersmith, son of former cabinet minister Tony Benn. Educated at Holland Park School and the University of Sussex. Former trade union official and special advisor to David Blunkett. Ealing councillor 1979-1990. Contested Ealing North 1983, 1987. First elected as MP for Leeds Central in 1999 by-election. Parliamentary under secretary for international development 2001-2002, prisons minister 2002-2003, minister of state for international development 2003, secretary of state for international development 2003-2007. Secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs (despite being a vegetarian) since 2007. Contested Labour deputy leadership in 2007 (more information at They work for you)
portrait Michael Taylor (Liberal Democrat)
portraitKevin Meeson (BNP)
portraitWe Beat The Scum One-Nil (Independent)
portraitDave Procter (Independent)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 109648
Male: 48.6%
Female: 51.4%
Under 18: 23.1%
Over 60: 17.4%
Born outside UK: 9.6%
White: 87.9%
Black: 2.4%
Asian: 6%
Mixed: 2%
Other: 1.7%
Christian: 63%
Hindu: 0.6%
Muslim: 5%
Sikh: 0.7%
Full time students: 14.7%
Graduates 16-74: 13%
No Qualifications 16-74: 39.4%
Owner-Occupied: 37.5%
Social Housing: 42.4% (Council: 34.1%, Housing Ass.: 8.3%)
Privately Rented: 13.4%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 27.4%

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