Leeds Parliamentary Election Results

2010 - 6 May

H. Benn (Labour) 18,434
M. Taylor (Liberal Democrat) 7,789
A. J. Lamb (Conservative) 7,541
K. Meeson (British National) 3,066
D. Procter (Independent) 409
W. One-Nil (Independent) 155

G. Mudie (Labour) 19,056
B. J. Anderson (Conservative) 8,763
A. P Tear (Liberal Democrat) 6,618
T. D. Brown (British National) 2,947
M. F. Davies (Alliance for Green Socialism) 429

Morley & Outwood
E. Balls (Labour & Co-op) 18,365
A. J. Calvert (Conservative) 17,264
J. Monaghan (Liberal Democrat) 8,186
C. Beverley (British National) 3,535
D. Daniel (United Kingdom Independence) 1,506

North East
F. Hamilton (Labour) 20,287
M. R. D. Lobley (Conservative) 15,742
A. Choudhry (Liberal Democrat) 9,310
W. Hendon   (United Kingdom Independence) 842
T. Redmond (British National) 758
C. E. Foote (Alliance for Green Socialism) 596

North West
G. T. Mulholland (Liberal Democrat) 20,653
J. Mulligan (Conservative) 11,550
J. Blake (Labour) 9,132
G. J. Bulmer (British National) 766
M. A. Thackray (United Kingdom Independence) 600
M. F. Hemingway (Green) 508
A. Procter (English Democrats) 153
T. A. J. Bavage (Alliance for Green Socialism) 121
[ Equals the largest number of candidates to contest a Leeds Parliamentary election.]

S. Andrew (Conservative) 18,874
J. Hanley (Labour) 17,215
J. Matthews (Liberal Democrat) 10,224
I. Gibson (British National) 1,549
D. Dews (United Kingdom Independence) 1,221

R. Reeves (Labour) 16,389
R. Coleman (Liberal Democrat) 9,373
J. W. Marjoram (Conservative) 7,641
J. Beverley (British National) 2,377
D. Blackburn (Green) 1,832
J. Miles (United Kingdom Independence) 1,140

Elmet & Rothwell
A. Shelbrooke (Conservative) 23,778
J. Lewis (Labour) 19,257
S. Golton (Liberal Democrat) 9,109
S. M. Clayton (British National) 1,802
D. P. Oddy (United Kingdom Independence) 1,593
C. Nolan (Independent) 250

The election broke new ground in that social media had some impact and for the first time three live television debates between the three leaders were held. All three were new to the position. Labour under Gordon Brown secured only 258 seats leaving David Cameron with 306 and Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats with 57 to form a coalition government. Education and employment were key issues whilst many had lost faith in Labour’s ability to handle the economy. Consequently Labour won only 29.0% of the vote, their lowest since 1983 and down 6.2% points compared with 2005.

Labour’s Ed Balls in Morley and Outwood called for tactical voting to ‘keep the Tories’ out but his pleas fell on deaf ears. In Leeds dissatisfaction with Labour saw the Conservatives regain Elmet and Pudsey. All the three party leaders, Cameron, Brown and Clegg visited the city. Other big names to visit Leeds included David Miliband, Jack Straw and the comedian Eddie Izzard for Labour whilst for the Conservatives George Osborne, William Hague and Boris Johnson came. The University of Leeds took the unusual steps of banning hustings and political visits. Forty-seven candidates represented seven parties along with three independents contested the city. This was the largest number ever to stand in Leeds Parliamentary election. Leeds West saw history made when Labour’s Rachel Reeves won the seat, only the second woman to become a Leeds MP.