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1992 Leeds City Council election

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Map of the results for the 1992 Leeds council election.
Map of the results for the 1992 Leeds council election.

The Leeds City Council elections were held on Thursday, 7 May 1992, with one third of the council's seats up for election.

Held one month after the 1992 general election where Conservatives won a surprise fourth term, the Conservatives in Leeds shared in that success, surpassing Labour's vote for the first time in a decade, and winning their greatest share since 1978. Despite these feats, their vote remained constant with recent elections - in stark contrast to the opposition parties, whose votes had seen dramatic falls, with the Liberal Democrat vote their lowest since 1978, and Labour's their lowest recorded since the council's creation in 1973.

The minor parties also saw disappointment, with the Liberal vote more than halved the previous year and comfortably their worst, whilst the Greens - in spite of a record number of candidates, up considerably from the year before - seen a decrease in their vote. All of which resulted in a record low in turnout, suggesting the Tory revival was driven more by their national result hurting opposition moral than any resurgence in their support.

The Conservatives were able to win their greatest number of wards since 1983, gaining a seat each from Labour and the Lib Dems in their respective marginals of Morley North and Horsforth. The Tory gain in Horsforth, as well as Labour's rise in Armley, left the Lib Dem victories confined to just two wards for the first time since 1979 (Burmantofts and Moortown), and their councillor total the lowest since 1980. The sole Independent standing, Peter Kersting, won his fourth term in Pudsey South with ease (with the first being won as Conservative).[1]

Election result

Leeds Local Election Result 1992
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 19 0 1 -1 57.6 38.4 65,813 -7.7%
  Conservative 11 2 0 +2 33.3 40.7 69,676 +10.5%
  Liberal Democrats 2 0 1 -1 6.1 16.1 27,507 -4.1%
  Independent 1 0 0 0 3.0 1.7 2,953 +1.6%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0.0 2.3 3,863 +0.4%
  Liberal 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.8 1,332 -0.7%

This result has the following consequences for the total number of seats on the council after the elections:

Party Previous council New council
Labour 68 67
Conservative 21 23
Liberal Democrat 9 8
Independent 1 1
Total 99 99
Working majority  37   35 

Ward results

Aireborough[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative R. Hughes-Rowlands 3,851 51.3 +14.1
Labour Gerry Harper 2,358 31.4 -0.9
Liberal Democrats D. Gowland 1,161 15.5 -12.7
Green A. Peterken 144 1.9 -0.4
Majority 1,493 19.9 +15.0
Turnout 7,514
Conservative hold Swing +7.5
Armley[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour James McKenna 2,094 52.1 -4.9
Conservative J. Mortimer 1,038 25.8 +8.6
Liberal A. Gonzalez 450 11.2 +0.7
Liberal Democrats A. Davies 315 7.8 -2.0
Green M. Stroud 120 3.0 -2.3
Majority 1,056 26.3 -13.5
Turnout 4,017
Labour hold Swing -6.7
Barwick & Kippax[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Keith Wakefield 3,414 50.1 -5.1
Conservative C. Ward 2,852 41.8 +12.1
Liberal Democrats D. Lindley 551 8.1 -2.5
Majority 562 8.2 -17.2
Turnout 6,817
Labour hold Swing -8.6
Beeston[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Dsvid Congreve 1,861 55.6 -6.8
Conservative H. Woodhead 1,105 33.0 +9.5
Liberal Democrats T. Barton 384 11.5 -2.7
Majority 756 22.6 -16.3
Turnout 3,350
Labour hold Swing -8.1
Bramley[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour C. Cliff 2,477 60.4 -0.8
Conservative T. Cooper 956 23.3 +10.4
Liberal A. St. Quintin 291 7.1 -14.8
Liberal Democrats C. Ward 252 6.1 +2.1
Green M. Chatwood 125 3.0 +3.0
Majority 1,521 37.1 -2.2
Turnout 4,101
Labour hold Swing -5.6
Burmantofts[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats N. Mackie 1,971 50.4 +13.3
Labour T. Ayres 1,642 42.0 -15.4
Conservative R. Jones 300 7.7 +2.0
Majority 329 8.4 -11.9
Turnout 3,913
Liberal Democrats hold Swing +14.3
Chapel Allerton[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour J. Frankland 2,647 58.3 -4.0
Conservative I. Baxter 1,310 28.8 +8.2
Liberal Democrats J. Pullan 367 8.1 -3.1
Green R. Mills 219 4.8 -1.0
Majority 1,337 29.4 -12.2
Turnout 4,543
Labour hold Swing -6.1
City & Holbeck[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Elizabeth Nash 2,001 66.0 -3.4
Conservative D. Boynton 542 17.9 +7.1
Liberal Democrats R. Mayne 326 10.8 -4.2
Green D. Blakemore 163 5.4 +0.5
Majority 1,459 48.1 -6.4
Turnout 3,032
Labour hold Swing -5.2
Cookridge[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Keith Loudon 3,989 63.7 +10.7
Labour G. Greenley 1,132 18.1 -8.4
Liberal Democrats G. Murly 1,024 16.3 -4.3
Green P. Marchant 122 1.9 +1.9
Majority 2,857 45.6 +19.1
Turnout 6,267
Conservative hold Swing +9.5
Garforth & Swillington[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Thomas Murray 3,286 48.3 -8.4
Conservative J. Stott 2,893 42.5 +13.1
Liberal Democrats R. Hutchinson 623 9.2 -4.7
Majority 393 5.8 -21.5
Turnout 6,802
Labour hold Swing -10.7
Halton[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Schofield 3,451 58.7 +11.9
Labour R. Haggerty 1,769 30.1 -8.0
Liberal Democrats David Hollingsworth 491 8.4 -6.6
Green D. Harbud 165 2.8 +2.8
Majority 1,682 28.6 +19.9
Turnout 5,876
Conservative hold Swing +9.9
Harehills[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour L. Cohen 2,115 64.2 -3.1
Conservative A. Wilson 652 19.8 +7.1
Liberal Democrats R. Senior 342 10.4 +0.0
Green Andrew Tear 186 5.6 -0.1
Majority 1,463 44.4 -10.2
Turnout 3,295
Labour hold Swing -5.1
Headingley[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour S. Perrigo 2,611 47.8 -2.4
Conservative G. King 1,463 26.8 +8.5
Liberal Democrats D. Goodman 964 17.6 -14.0
Green P. Alexander 428 7.8 +7.8
Majority 1,148 21.0 +2.5
Turnout 5,466
Labour hold Swing -5.4
Horsforth[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative M. Addison 3,843 50.7 +10.8
Liberal Democrats Chistopher Townsley 2,802 37.0 -5.1
Labour C. Hooson 723 9.5 -8.6
Green G. Williamson 211 2.8 +2.8
Majority 1,041 13.7 +11.5
Turnout 7,579
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing +7.9
Hunslet[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Geoffrey Driver 1,970 76.1 -8.3
Conservative A. Larvin 454 17.5 +2.0
Liberal Democrats Stephen Sadler 165 6.4 +6.4
Majority 1,516 58.6 -10.3
Turnout 2,589
Labour hold Swing -5.1
Kirkstall[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Elizabeth Minkin 2,528 58.4 -1.3
Conservative S. McBarron 1,103 25.5 +7.5
Green A. Mander 369 8.5 -1.8
Liberal N. Nowosielski 327 7.6 -4.4
Majority 1,425 32.9 -8.9
Turnout 4,327
Labour hold Swing -4.4
Middleton[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour F. Dignan 1,887 66.0 -6.1
Conservative D. Jowett 687 24.0 +8.0
Liberal Democrats G. Roberts 286 10.0 -1.9
Majority 1,200 42.0 -14.0
Turnout 2,860
Labour hold Swing -7.0
Moortown[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Mark Harris 3,301 49.3 -0.9
Conservative J. Dagwell 2,360 35.2 +7.0
Labour M. Plenderleith 922 13.8 -7.7
Green C. Wooding 113 1.7 +1.7
Majority 941 14.1 -7.8
Turnout 6,696
Liberal Democrats hold Swing -3.9
Morley North[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative A. Barraclough 3,218 52.5 +12.7
Labour P. Jones 2,517 41.0 -7.1
Liberal Democrats G. Smith 400 6.5 -5.6
Majority 701 11.4 +3.0
Turnout 6,135
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +9.9
Morley South[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Bryan North 2,631 49.3 -5.1
Conservative J. Galek 1,887 35.3 +9.2
Liberal Democrats Thomas Leadley 720 13.5 -6.0
Green T. Sykes 103 1.9 +1.9
Majority 744 13.9 -14.3
Turnout 5,341
Labour hold Swing -7.1
North[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Peter Harrand 3,403 57.4 +2.6
Liberal Democrats W. Forshaw 1,631 27.5 +1.7
Labour P. Moxon 899 15.2 -4.3
Majority 1,772 29.9 +0.9
Turnout 5,933
Conservative hold Swing +0.4
Otley & Wharfedale[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative C. Hindle 4,124 54.3 +19.2
Liberal Democrats E. Diggle 2,103 27.7 -16.1
Labour John Everleigh 1,365 18.0 -3.1
Majority 2,021 26.6 +12.5
Turnout 7,592
Conservative hold Swing +17.6
Pudsey North[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Andrew Carter 4,154 61.3 +17.8
Labour A. Procter 1,515 22.4 -9.9
Liberal Democrats Christine Glover 970 14.3 -5.8
Green R. Notley 139 2.1 -2.1
Majority 2,639 38.9 +27.6
Turnout 6,778
Conservative hold Swing +13.8
Pudsey South[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Peter Kersting 2,953 47.3 +47.3
Conservative L. Fletcher 1,435 23.0 -4.9
Labour Robert Finnigan 1,402 22.5 -24.2
Liberal Democrats M. Booker 364 5.8 -19.5
Green C. Dillon-Parkin 85 1.4 +1.4
Majority 1,518 24.3 +5.6
Turnout 6,239
Independent hold Swing +26.1
Richmond Hill[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Michael Lyons 2,295 71.4 -2.6
Conservative J. Birch 510 15.9 +5.4
Liberal Democrats Keith Norman 334 10.4 -5.0
Green A. Beggs 74 2.3 +2.3
Majority 1,785 55.6 -3.0
Turnout 3,213
Labour hold Swing -4.0
Rothwell[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour R. Lund 2,501 54.4 -1.1
Conservative A. Heeson 1,273 27.7 +5.8
Liberal Democrats A. Barber 820 17.8 -4.7
Majority 1,228 26.7 -6.3
Turnout 4,594
Labour hold Swing -3.4
Roundhay[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Pat Crotty 3,726 57.9 +8.0
Labour M. Davies 1,420 22.1 -5.4
Liberal Democrats J. Sefton 1,059 16.4 -2.0
Green P. Ellis 233 3.6 -0.5
Majority 2,306 35.8 +13.4
Turnout 6,438
Conservative hold Swing +6.7
Seacroft[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Graham Hyde 2,808 77.0 +0.9
Conservative M. Collinson 607 16.6 +3.3
Liberal Democrats Sadie Fisher 234 6.4 -4.2
Majority 2,201 60.3 -2.4
Turnout 3,649
Labour hold Swing -1.2
University[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour A. Munro 2,019 61.2 -4.3
Conservative Robert Winfield 581 17.6 +4.7
Liberal Democrats A. Norman 358 10.9 -0.7
Green J. Noble 340 10.3 +0.3
Majority 1,438 43.6 -9.0
Turnout 3,298
Labour hold Swing -4.5
Weetwood[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative M. Castle 2,744 46.1 +8.3
Labour Brian Selby 1,636 27.5 -7.5
Liberal Democrats Joan Ewens 1,393 23.4 -3.8
Green Claire Nash 184 3.1 +3.1
Majority 1,108 18.6 +15.8
Turnout 5,957
Conservative hold Swing +7.9
Wetherby[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative H. Gardiner 5,967 74.4 +15.8
Labour S. Molloy 1,161 14.5 -3.3
Liberal Democrats T. Gittins 889 11.1 -8.8
Majority 4,806 59.9 +21.1
Turnout 8,017
Conservative hold Swing +9.5
Whinmoor[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Suzie Armitage 2,044 46.9 -9.0
Conservative W. Hanbury 1,745 40.0 +9.7
Liberal Democrats A. Beck 571 13.1 -0.7
Majority 299 6.9 -18.6
Turnout 4,360
Labour hold Swing -9.3
Wortley[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour P. Towler 2,163 47.5 -9.0
Conservative E. Ashton 1,453 31.9 +11.8
Green David Blackburn 340 7.5 +2.5
Liberal Democrats John McArthur 336 7.4 -1.4
Liberal P. Williams 264 5.8 -3.8
Majority 710 15.6 -20.7
Turnout 4,556
Labour hold Swing -10.4

By-elections between 1992 and 1994

Wetherby by-election 23 July 1992
replacing John Evans
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Procter 3,379 71.3 -3.1
Liberal Democrats Ann 'Paddy' Beck 772 16.3 +5.2
Labour Stephen Molloy 586 12.4 -2.1
Majority 2,607 55.0 -4.9
Turnout 4,737
Conservative hold Swing -4.1

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 af ag ah "District results: Leeds". The Yorkshire Post. 8 May 1992.
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