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Leeds East

2010 Results:
Conservative: 8763 (23.17%)
Labour: 19056 (50.4%)
Liberal Democrat: 6618 (17.5%)
BNP: 2947 (7.79%)
Others: 429 (1.13%)
Majority: 10293 (27.23%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Labour: 21805 (59.8%)
Conservative: 7674 (21.1%)
Liberal Democrat: 6172 (16.9%)
Other: 795 (2.2%)
Majority: 14131 (38.8%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 5557 (18.5%)
Labour: 17799 (59.2%)
Liberal Democrat: 6221 (20.7%)
Other: 500 (1.7%)
Majority: 11578 (38.5%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 5647 (19.4%)
Labour: 18290 (62.9%)
Liberal Democrat: 3923 (13.5%)
UKIP: 634 (2.2%)
Other: 561 (1.9%)
Majority: 12643 (43.5%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 6685 (18.7%)
Labour: 24151 (67.5%)
Liberal Democrat: 3689 (10.3%)
Referendum: 1267 (3.5%)
Majority: 17466 (48.8%)

Boundary changes: Loses parts of Burmantofts and Chapel Allerton. Gains parts of Cross Gates and Whinmoor, Temple Newsam and Harehills.

Profile: A safe Labour seat. The majority of this seat is made of up a sprawl of council estates to the east of Leeds such as Swarcliffe, Seacroft, Whinmoor, a mix of semis, terraces and concrete tower blocks suffering from deprivation, crime and anti-social behaviour. In the west the constituency stretches into inner-city leads and the Harehills area with its densely packed terraced housing and asian and black communities. To the south of the seat is the Temple Newsam country park.

portraitCurrent MP: George Mudie(Labour) born 1945, Dundee. Educated at Waid Academy and Newbattle Abbey College. Former engineer, merchant seaman and trade union official. Leeds councillor 1971-1992, Leader of Leeds council 1980-1990. First elected as MP for Leeds East 1992. Opposition whip 1994-1998. Deputy Chief Whip 1997-1998. Parliamentary Under-secretary for education 1998-1999 (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitBarry Anderson (Conservative) Leeds councillor. Contested Leeds East 2001.
portraitGeorge Mudie(Labour) born 1945, Dundee. Educated at Waid Academy and Newbattle Abbey College. Former engineer, merchant seaman and trade union official. Leeds councillor 1971-1992, Leader of Leeds council 1980-1990. First elected as MP for Leeds East 1992. Opposition whip 1994-1998. Deputy Chief Whip 1997-1998. Parliamentary Under-secretary for education 1998-1999 (more information at They work for you)
portraitAndrew Tear (Liberal Democrat)
portraitTrevor Brown (BNP)
portraitMike Davies (Alliance for Green Socialism)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 94219
Male: 47.9%
Female: 52.1%
Under 18: 26.8%
Over 60: 20.1%
Born outside UK: 8%
White: 87.9%
Black: 2.1%
Asian: 7.5%
Mixed: 1.7%
Other: 0.9%
Christian: 68.4%
Muslim: 6.5%
Sikh: 0.8%
Full time students: 3.2%
Graduates 16-74: 11.3%
No Qualifications 16-74: 42.1%
Owner-Occupied: 52.9%
Social Housing: 37.4% (Council: 31.7%, Housing Ass.: 5.6%)
Privately Rented: 6.2%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 30.2%

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21 Responses to “Leeds East”

  1. The geographical division of Leeds isn’t overly appropriate these days, South Leeds is not mentioned at all, although Leeds C, E and W all encompass it far more than their name suggests. Better names would perhaps be sought from the division seen in cities such as Sheffield or Birmingham – I’d suggest Leeds Central & Hunslet (for Leeds C), Leeds Seacroft (Leeds E), Leeds Rothwell & Wetherby (Elmet & Rothwell), Leeds Kirkstall (Leeds W), Leeds Horsforth & Pudsey (Pudsey), Leeds Roundhay (Leeds NE) and Leeds Headingley (Leeds NW). As a cross-city seat, Morley & Outwood would survive

  2. theres a story doing the rounds in westminster that george mudie is stepping down very soon ………….so long as he gets a peerage!!!!!

  3. Aggregate votes from the 2008 local elections;

    Lab 9578 37.3%
    C 5603 21.8%
    LD 4212 16.4%
    BNP 3651 14.2%
    Oth 2626 10.2%

    The Leeds results for this year don’t seem to be readily available on the council’s website, but I tracked them down here;

    http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/LOCAL-ELECTIONS-Leeds-results.4044821.jp

  4. Is this the seat with the least posts?

  5. No ;)

  6. It ought to be mentioned that former Chancellor of the Exchequer Denis Healey was MP for this seat from 1955 to 1992, and previously for Leeds South East from the 1952 by-election.
    I often wonder what would have happened to the Labour Party if Tony Benn had succeeded in ousting him as deputy Labour leader in 1981.

  7. No posts on this thread for 14 months! Seemingly no Lib Dem or Conservative candidate here yet either!

  8. As with Croydon in 1974 (South became Central and an all new South was created from much of Surrey East), it could have been possible for the new Elmet constituency to be the new Leeds East and Pudsey to be the new Leeds West.

    What would the old East and the old West have become?

  9. This must be the seat with least posts and many of those are about how few posts there are!

  10. I think the Conservatives will select via the City Seats Initiative (sadly) again – last time they selected a Brighton-based businessman!

  11. The Conservatives have selected Leeds councillor Barry Anderson who stood here in 2001

  12. Paul D’s ideas are interesting, and I always prefer poetic names for constitencies to compass points.

    The trend is against us thought Glasgow lost its poetic names last time out, while the process was completed in Edinburgh.

    There could be problems with the names you suggest too. Its true the name Leeds Central does hide the fact that most of south Leeds is in this seat. I’m not sure the people of Bramley and Armley would take kindly to being ‘part of Kirkstall. And you would have riots in Otley if the voters there were made to be part of studenty almost inner-city Headingly.

  13. Lab Hold= 10,000 maj

  14. Mike Davies standing here for Alliance For Green Socialism

  15. Lab Hold

    Maj 12 300

  16. BNP have selected Trevor Brown

  17. Lab maj 9,000

  18. LAB HOLD

  19. A Labour Cllr has been barred for failing to sign the declaration after being elected. Apparently he didn’t expect to win and went away on holiday!

    Details below…

    It is my old friend (and election agent) Ray Agar who has been caught out by the legislation. He stood for election to Horsforth Town Council and never expected to be elected. He had already planned a family holiday away in the South of France and was in fact there on election day. He returned to England too late to sign his declaration and so cannot take up his elected seat.

    As Ray democratically came top of the poll in his ward I think it is possible the Town Council will co-opt him. In the circumstances I think that would be a reasonable thing to do.

    Councillor Neil Taggart
    (Bramley & Stanningley ward)
    Chair, Leeds City Council Labour Group

  20. Thats disgraceful. Its totally unreasonable for people who have been democratically elected by the people to then be debarred from actually taking their seats because the local authority puts some absurd time limit on when you must sign your declaration of election.

    There should be no limitations of that sort. Authorities should work with elected people to a mutually agreed timescale.

  21. I think AW has the new Leeds NE as Conservative in 2010.

    I would be interested to see his calculations as it looks Labour by 500-1000 to me.

    The local election results on the same day probably understate the actual level of Conservative support in the Leeds E wards, in particular Gipton, but not enough to give the Conservatives a lead overall.

    Has AW given a boost to the Conservatives because of their local undervote in Elmet constituency – although that would have happened mostly in Rothwell ward.

    Although with George Mudie highly likely to stand down at the next election Labour will lose his incumbancy factor while Alec Shelbrooke will bring his in Harewood and Wetherby.