Leeds Parliamentary Election Constituencies
The Redistribution of the Seats Act of 1885 divided the city into five constituencies. Boundary changes have seen these amended and the number of constituencies increased over the years.
Leeds Constituencies in 1885
Size of the Leeds Registered Electorate before 1885 when the Constituencies were Created
The Reform Bill of 1832
The Representation of the People Act 1867
This extended the borough franchise to: – householders after a one year residential qualification and who paid rates; to lodgers after a one year residential qualification and paid an annual rent of £10 a year.
The Representation of the People Act 1884
This created a uniform franchise: – for every householder and lodger in every borough and county based on the franchise created for the English boroughs in 1867.
1832 Registered electorate in Leeds – 4,172
1852 Registered electorate in Leeds – 6,406
1868 Registered electorate in Leeds – 37,510
1884 Registered electorate in Leeds – 51,228
The Redistribution of Seats Act 1885
This redrew boundaries to create equal electoral districts and making Leeds a borough of six constituencies: Central, East, North, South and West.