Leeds Parliamentary Election Results

Instrument of Government 1653 granted Leeds a Parliamentary seat for the first time.

1654 - 14 July

Adam Baynes defeated Francis Allanson

[ The Parliamentary Archives only lists the winning candidates not the number of votes cast.]

Adam Baynes from Knostrop had been a captain in the Parliamentary army. He was known for his political and religious radicalism, was an unbending republican and an Independent. His opponent, Francis Allanson, was one of the leading council members. The 1654 Parliament was both argumentative and stubborn. Cromwell dissolved it in January 1655 before it could pass a single act.