Leeds West

2015 Result:
Conservative: 7729 (20.1%)
Labour: 18456 (48%)
Lib Dem: 1495 (3.9%)
Green: 3217 (8.4%)
UKIP: 7104 (18.5%)
TUSC: 205 (0.5%)
Others: 217 (0.6%)
MAJORITY: 10727 (27.9%)

Category: Very safe Labour seat

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

Main population centres: Leeds.

Profile: The western suburbs of Leeds, mostly to the west of the River Aire. This is a largely working class seat, including the nineteenth century back to back terraces towards the city centre and more recent council developments and tower blocks further out.

Politics: Leeds West has been held by Labour for most of the post-war period, with the exception of four years from 1983 when, after years of nursing the seat, it was won by the Liberal MP Michael Meadowcroft. Labour regained it in 1987 and Meadowcroft went on to lead those Liberals who rejected the merger with the SDP that founded the Liberal Democrats. Smaller parties have some success here, with both the Greens and BNP holding their deposits at recent elections.


Current MP
RACHEL REEVES (Labour) Born 1979, Lewisham. Educated at Cator Park School and Oxford University. Former bank of England economist. Contested Bromley and Chislehurst 2005, 2006 by-election. First elected as MP for Leeds West in 2010. Shadow Chief Secretary 2011-2013, Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary 2013-2015. Declined to serve under Jeremy Corbyn.
Past Results
2010
Con: 7641 (20%)
Lab: 16389 (42%)
LDem: 9373 (24%)
BNP: 2377 (6%)
Oth: 2972 (8%)
MAJ: 7016 (18%)
2005*
Con: 4807 (14%)
Lab: 18704 (55%)
LDem: 5894 (17%)
GRN: 2519 (7%)
Oth: 1794 (5%)
MAJ: 12810 (38%)
2001
Con: 5008 (16%)
Lab: 19943 (62%)
LDem: 3350 (10%)
PC: 758 (2%)
Oth: 3035 (9%)
MAJ: 14935 (47%)
1997
Con: 7048 (18%)
Lab: 26819 (67%)
LDem: 3622 (9%)
Oth: 1521 (4%)
MAJ: 19771 (49%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

Demographics
2015 Candidates
ALEX PIERRE-TRAVES (Conservative)
RACHEL REEVES (Labour) See above.
LAURA COYLE (Liberal Democrat)
ANNE MURGATROYD (UKIP)
ANDREW POINTON (Green) Born North Staffordshire. Educated at Newcastle Under Lyme School and Leeds University. IT Support Specialist.
MATTHEW WEST (CISTA)
BEN MAYOR (TUSC)
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Comments - 66 Responses on “Leeds West”
  1. Now I know you are trolling, Shaun.

  2. This seat is Number 99 on the UKIP target list, requiring a 14.74% swing. iIt is in the range of very safe Labour seats which the would expect not to lose short of a political earthquake. On top of this it has a leading Labour front-bench spokesperson as its MP.

    However, one wonders what might happen in seats like this if, as now seems likelY Jeremy Corbyn becomes Labour leader. This seat has large numbers of working class voters who appear to have little in common with Jeremy Corbyn and, perhaps more to the poin, the hoard of middle class lefties who have taken over Labour in part because of the rules for the eadership election. It is hard to see this Labour Party adopting policies that will anything like match the views of Leeds West.

    A lot of Labour voters here would metaphorically rather be seen dead than voting Tory. However, is there ithe same sort of barrier to stop them voting UKIP if Labour moves to the far left?

    Perhaps I could add that UKIP needs a nptional 14.80% swing to gain 100 seats. However, it only needs 16.26% to win 150 seats. For instance, Wentworth and Deane needs a 16.02% swing from a UKIP point of view.,

  3. Which ward was Michael Meadowcroft councillor for?

  4. “The UK Could ‘Explode’ Into Riots If Immigration Is Not Curbed By Brexit, Warns Labour’s Rachel Reeves”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/rachel-reeves-brexit-immigration-riots_uk_57ea791ee4b00e5804ef5ae0

  5. That puts her on a collision course with Jezza who today is being reported as ruling out any pledge to cut immigration.

    Not helpful at all to Labour in constituencies such as this where they need to win back white working class support from UKIP.

  6. The truth is that in reality virtually every Labour MP shares Jeremy’s view on this… the likes of Reeves only saying what they are because they see how damaging a no reduction in immigration line would be electorally.

  7. “What a ridiculous think to commit to: unlimited immigration”

    Labour’s current behaviour is even more ridiculous. They clearly don’t have the remotest idea what they really think. They just say what their audience wants to hear. Jeremy Corbyn tells Islington that he is in favour of unlimited immigration. Rachel Reeves tells the WWC north that there will be riots if immigration controls aren’t introduced.

    I’m afraid that they’ve just turned themselves into a complete and utter laughing stock whom the voters will neither respect nor take seriously. A sincere commitment to liberal immigration, though very unpopular with most voters, would at least secure them the respect and support of the 20-30% of the electorate who share that view….the current unprincipled mishmash will get them nowhere.

  8. Good, isn’t it?

  9. No. Weak opposition makes for complacent government / poor decision-making.

    Strong opposition = stronger government.

  10. I don’t agree with that necessarily. We sometimes need landslides to get serious and overdue reforms through – 1832, 1983…

  11. Yes, granted, on occasion . . .

    MPR is basically right though, notwithstanding some exceptions in the history we could mention. Even 1993-97 the government did a fairly competent job on domestic issues, especially the economy – and that was even though they were riddled with scandal and needed the boot in 1997.

  12. ‘Even 1993-97 the government did a fairly competent job on domestic issues, especially the economy’

    One of the most underrated governments in UK history – although at the time I along with almost everyone else couldn’t wait to see the back of them

    After the ERM debacle, they restored the economy to rude health – largely by replacing Lamont with Clarke, started the process of bringing peace to Northern Ireland and implemented the national lottery, the benefits of which are quickly becoming clear to see

    Shows you the perils of being in office for too long – even when you make a good fist if it you still get the boot

  13. 1992-97 and the first few years of Blair government were the Indian summer of prosperity before uber-globalisation and green obsessiveness kicked in, destroying our industrial base and leading to ballooning trade and government deficits.

    In my own sector alone, British Steel made an extra £1 billion profit in the 92-97 period thanks to Black Wednesday. We simply don’t have the industrial capacity left to do that now, the best we can hope for is that a weaker pound encourages tourism and discourages over-consumption of imports.

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