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1958 Leeds City Council election

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The Leeds municipal elections were held on Thursday 10 April 1958, with one third of the seats and a double vacancy in Bramley to be elected.[1]

Labour achieved a further swing of 0.3%,[2] to take two more seats from the Conservatives. The two gains were in Westfield - where the incumbents 7.5% swing was not enough to hold on - and Wortley, with Labour narrowly gaining on a 78 vote majority as the main beneficiaries of the Liberal absence this time around.[1] As well as those two gains, Labour gained one in the new aldermen division, increasing their majority on the council to 34.[2] A notable feat of the election was the Liberals managing to push the Conservatives into third in the two wards of Holbeck and Middleton - a post-war first.[1] Turnout rose by a percentage point on the previous year, to 37.2%.[2]

Election result

Leeds Local Election Result 1958
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 19 2 0 +2 65.5 49.8 64,563 -0.4%
  Conservative 10 0 2 -2 34.5 46.1 59,770 -0.3%
  Liberal 0 0 0 0 0.0 3.7 4,739 +0.6%
  Communist 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.4 485 +0.1%

The result had the following consequences for the total number of seats on the council after the elections:[2]

Party Previous council New council
Cllr Ald Cllr Ald
Labour 53 17 55 18
Conservatives 31 11 29 10
Total 84 28 84 28
112 112
Working majority  22    6   26    8 
 28   34 

Ward results

Allerton[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative H. Drake 4,376 86.0 -0.7
Labour J. Marshall 715 14.0 +0.7
Majority 3,661 71.9 -1.3
Turnout 5,091
Conservative hold Swing -0.7
Armley[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour K. Cohen 2,820 58.5 +1.8
Conservative J. Broomfield 2,002 41.5 -1.8
Majority 818 17.0 +3.6
Turnout 4,822
Labour hold Swing +1.8
Beeston[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative L. Snape 3,174 42.8 -0.2
Labour N. Billington 3,084 41.6 -5.6
Liberal H. Passmore 1,154 15.6 +5.8
Majority 90 1.2 -3.0
Turnout 7,412
Conservative hold Swing +2.7
Blenheim[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour J. Wallbanks 2,146 69.0 +1.4
Conservative J. Ashworth 962 31.0 -1.4
Majority 1,184 38.1 +2.8
Turnout 3,108
Labour hold Swing +1.4
Bramley[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Eric Atkinson 3,051 50.4 -4.0
Labour W. Tate 2,713
Conservative C. Dean 2,095 34.6 +2.5
Conservative H. Pickering 1,860
Liberal J. Morrish 905 15.0 +1.5
Liberal G. Petch 836
Majority 618 15.8 -6.5
Turnout 6,051
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing -3.2
Burmantofts[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour G. Lloyd 2,367 72.2 +1.5
Conservative H. Robinson 912 27.8 -1.5
Majority 1,455 44.4 +3.1
Turnout 3,279
Labour hold Swing +1.5
City[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour J. Whitehead 1,568 67.3 +2.4
Conservative B. Emmett 761 32.7 -2.4
Majority 807 34.7 +4.9
Turnout 2,329
Labour hold Swing +2.4
Cross Gates[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour F. Booth 3,700 68.8 +6.9
Conservative F. Hodges 1,677 31.2 -6.9
Majority 2,023 37.6 +13.8
Turnout 5,377
Labour hold Swing +6.9
East Hunslet[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour M. Fish 2,659 76.8 +1.5
Conservative B. Watson 804 23.2 -1.5
Majority 1,855 53.6 +3.0
Turnout 3,463
Labour hold Swing +1.5
Far Headingley[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative W. Hey 4,451 78.0 +3.3
Labour G. Brogden 1,254 22.0 -3.3
Majority 3,197 56.0 +6.5
Turnout 5,705
Conservative hold Swing +3.3
Halton[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative C. Watson 3,857 75.3 -1.9
Labour N. Harding 1,267 24.7 +1.9
Majority 2,590 50.5 -3.8
Turnout 5,124
Conservative hold Swing -1.9
Harehills[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Lawrence Turnbull 3,400 53.5 +4.0
Labour J. Klineberg 2,951 46.5 -4.0
Majority 449 7.1 +6.1
Turnout 6,351
Conservative hold Swing +4.0
Holbeck[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour W. Jones 2,334 62.4 +1.3
Liberal B. Fearnley 768 20.5 +3.3
Conservative K. Orton 639 17.1 -4.7
Majority 1,566 41.9 +2.6
Turnout 3,741
Labour hold Swing -1.0
Hunslet Carr[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour J. Hodgkinson 2,639 75.5 -4.9
Conservative B. Morland 385 11.0 -5.1
Liberal J. Hill 331 9.5 +9.5
Communist E. Moore 141 4.0 +0.6
Majority 2,254 64.5 +0.2
Turnout 3,496
Labour hold Swing +0.1
Hyde Park[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative F. Hall 2,915 58.0 -2.3
Labour E. Coward 2,115 42.0 +2.3
Majority 800 15.9 -4.6
Turnout 5,030
Conservative hold Swing -2.3
Kirkstall[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Albert Smith 3,195 58.9 -2.0
Conservative E. Lodge 2,225 41.1 +2.0
Majority 970 17.9 -4.0
Turnout 5,420
Labour hold Swing -2.0
Meanwood[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative V. Cardno 3,696 72.6 -1.3
Labour E. Webber 1,396 27.4 +1.3
Majority 2,300 45.2 -2.6
Turnout 5,092
Conservative hold Swing -1.3
Middleton[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Harold Watson 2,511 73.0 -10.1
Liberal G. Houghton 438 12.7 +12.7
Conservative A. Hartley 350 10.2 -6.6
Communist R. Wilkinson 139 4.0 +4.0
Majority 2,073 60.3 -6.1
Turnout 3,438
Labour hold Swing -11.4
Moortown[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Watson 4,435 76.8 +2.6
Labour L. Steele 1,337 23.2 -2.6
Majority 3,098 53.7 +5.3
Turnout 5,772
Conservative hold Swing +2.6
Osmondthorpe[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour G. Addlestone 2,617 76.9 -0.1
Conservative L. Ideson 784 23.1 +0.1
Majority 1,833 53.9 -0.2
Turnout 3,401
Labour hold Swing -0.1
Pottemewton[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Sydney Symmond 2,131 61.8 +1.4
Labour V. Zermanski 1,316 38.2 -1.4
Majority 815 23.6 +2.8
Turnout 3,447
Conservative hold Swing +1.4
Richmond Hill[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour A. King 1,698 80.0 +3.0
Conservative H. Flockton 424 20.0 -3.0
Majority 1,274 60.0 +5.9
Turnout 2,122
Labour hold Swing +3.0
Roundhay[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Allan Bretherick 3,957 67.5 -0.2
Labour D. Yelland 1,902 32.5 +0.2
Majority 2,055 35.1 -0.5
Turnout 5,859
Conservative hold Swing -0.2
Stanningley[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour H. Waterman 2,897 51.9 +1.6
Conservative A. Vickers 1,541 27.6 -3.6
Liberal J. Grimshaw 1,143 20.5 +2.0
Majority 1,356 24.3 +5.3
Turnout 5,581
Labour hold Swing +2.6
Wellington[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour N. Barrett 2,578 79.2 -11.1
Conservative F. Stubley 470 14.4 +14.4
Communist G. Hodgson 205 6.3 -3.4
Majority 2,108 64.8 -15.9
Turnout 3,253
Labour hold Swing -12.7
Westfield[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour V. Whelan 2,554 52.1 -3.9
Conservative L. Lyons 2,349 47.9 +11.1
Majority 205 4.2 -15.0
Turnout 4,903
Labour gain from Conservative Swing -7.5
Woodhouse[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour P. Taylor 2,471 59.9 -0.4
Conservative A. Chadwick 1,655 40.1 +0.4
Majority 816 19.8 -0.8
Turnout 4,126
Labour hold Swing -0.4
Wortley[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ernest Morris 3,421 50.6 +5.7
Conservative D. Wolstenholme 3,343 49.4 +1.5
Majority 78 1.2 -1.9
Turnout 6,764
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +2.1

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae "Municipal results: Leeds". The Yorkshire Post. 11 April 1958.
  2. ^ a b c d Sharpe, L.J. (1967). Voting in cities: the 1964 borough elections.
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