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1967 Leeds City Council election

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The Leeds municipal elections were held on Thursday 11 May 1967,[1] with one third of the council up for election as well as vacancies in the wards of Woodhouse and Wortley.[2]

The final election on present boundaries, the Conservatives won a decisive victory on a 3.8% swing[3] to a record share and their highest vote in over fifteen years. The Tories picked up five seats in total from Labour, and for the first time since 1951, won their second seat in the wards of Kirkstall, Stanningley and Westfield, and gained full representation in Bramley and Wortley.[2] With those gains the Conservatives now had a narrow lead in councillors,[4] with only Labour's superior aldermen totals stopping the Tories from gaining the council and adding it to the list of momentous victories that night.[1]

Elsewhere the Liberals seen yet another fall in their vote, returning their third place to contention as the Communists continued inching upwards, comfortably achieving their greatest vote. Last year's British National candidate stood again in Armley, but this time as a National Front candidate and an Independent contested Bramley.[2] Turnout rose dramatically following the previous year's poor figure to 39.2%, the best participation seen since 1955.[3]

Election result

Leeds Local Election Result 1967
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 17 5 0 +5 56.7 58.1 74,853 +4.4%
  Labour 13 0 5 -5 43.3 37.5 48,361 -3.2%
  Liberal 0 0 0 0 0.0 2.3 2,999 -1.5%
  Communist 0 0 0 0 0.0 1.7 2,170 +0.1%
  Independent 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.2 300 +0.2%
  National Front 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.1 94 +0.1%

The result had the following consequences for the total number of seats on the council after the elections:[4]

Party Previous council New council
Cllr Ald Cllr Ald
Labour 46 19 41 19
Conservatives 38  9 43  9
Total 84 28 84 28
112 112
Working majority   8   10   -2   10 
 18    8 

Ward results

Allerton[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative L. Bidgood 5,885 85.2 +2.2
Labour V. Zermansky 1,024 14.8 -2.2
Majority 4,861 70.4 +4.4
Turnout 6,909
Conservative hold Swing +2.2
Armley[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour K. Cohen 2,598 50.0 -3.4
Conservative G. Atkinson 2,354 45.3 +5.0
Liberal T. Alcock 152 2.9 +2.9
National Front P. Stone 94 1.8 +1.8
Majority 244 4.7 -8.4
Turnout 5,198
Labour hold Swing -4.2
Beeston[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative L. Snape 3,941 54.3 +3.5
Labour A. Beevers 3,321 45.7 -3.5
Majority 620 8.5 +7.0
Turnout 7,262
Conservative hold Swing +3.5
Blenheim[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour J. Wallbanks 904 51.1 -9.2
Conservative R. Harker 864 48.9 +9.2
Majority 40 2.3 -18.4
Turnout 1,768
Labour hold Swing -9.2
Bramley[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative M. Robinson 3,328 49.0 -3.7
Labour Eric Atkinson 3,159 46.5 -0.7
Independent J. Waddington 300 4.4 +4.4
Majority 169 2.5 -2.9
Turnout 6,787
Conservative gain from Labour Swing -1.5
Burmantofts[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour G. Lloyd 1,543 55.6 -1.6
Conservative C. Thomas 1,232 44.4 +1.6
Majority 311 11.2 -3.2
Turnout 2,775
Labour hold Swing -1.6
City[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour A. Tallant 659 53.0 -12.4
Conservative D. Ramsden 584 47.0 +12.4
Majority 75 6.0 -24.8
Turnout 1,243
Labour hold Swing -12.4
Cross Gates[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour F. Booth 3,537 52.7 +3.6
Conservative R. Vaughan 2,787 41.5 -3.5
Communist T. Scawthorne 390 5.8 -0.1
Majority 750 11.2 +7.1
Turnout 6,714
Labour hold Swing +3.5
East Hunslet[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour M. Fish 1,084 58.9 -5.1
Conservative E. Feather 756 41.1 +5.1
Majority 328 17.8 -10.3
Turnout 1,840
Labour hold Swing -5.1
Far Headingley[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative R. Hall 6,555 72.5 +7.6
Labour C. Furniss 1,351 15.0 +0.8
Liberal J. Harris 1,130 12.5 -8.3
Majority 5,204 57.6 +13.5
Turnout 9,036
Conservative hold Swing +3.4
Halton[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative C. Watson 5,323 78.5 +1.0
Labour D. Hamilton 1,462 21.5 -1.0
Majority 3,861 56.9 +2.1
Turnout 6,785
Conservative hold Swing +1.0
Harehills[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative J. White 3,013 66.9 +6.0
Labour Doreen Jenner 1,488 33.1 -6.0
Majority 1,525 33.9 +12.0
Turnout 4,501
Conservative hold Swing +6.0
Holbeck[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour W. Jones 1,504 52.0 -9.9
Conservative M. Waddington 1,259 43.5 +8.1
Communist J. McCarthy 130 4.5 +1.7
Majority 245 8.5 -17.9
Turnout 2,893
Labour hold Swing -9.0
Hunslet Carr[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour R. Pepper 1,684 55.7 -11.3
Conservative P. Goodwin 1,226 40.5 +10.9
Communist F. Burwin 116 3.8 +0.4
Majority 458 15.1 -22.3
Turnout 3,026
Labour hold Swing -11.1
Hyde Park[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative F. Hall 2,657 67.2 +9.4
Labour H. Best 1,112 28.1 -10.1
Communist S. Walker 185 4.7 +0.6
Majority 1,545 39.1 +19.5
Turnout 3,954
Conservative hold Swing +9.7
Kirkstall[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative H. Newton 3,055 50.4 +7.7
Labour Albert Smith 2,871 47.4 -7.0
Communist B. Huffingley 133 2.2 -0.6
Majority 184 3.0 -8.6
Turnout 6,059
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +7.3
Meanwood[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative V. Cardno 3,677 72.6 +5.9
Labour O. Winship 879 17.4 -3.8
Liberal A. Wren 507 10.0 -2.1
Majority 2,798 55.3 +9.7
Turnout 5,063
Conservative hold Swing +4.8
Middleton[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour A. Malcolm 2,382 67.2 -11.9
Conservative R. Heslett 973 27.4 +11.0
Communist D. Priscott 192 5.4 +0.9
Majority 1,409 39.7 -23.0
Turnout 3,547
Labour hold Swing -11.4
Moortown[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Bertrand Mather 6,141 79.6 +4.0
Labour C. Say 1,169 15.1 -2.9
Communist T. Kelly 409 5.3 -1.1
Majority 4,972 64.4 +6.8
Turnout 7,719
Conservative hold Swing +3.4
Osmondthorpe[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour G. Addlestone 1,638 57.8 -9.8
Conservative E. Lewis 1,197 42.2 +9.8
Majority 441 15.6 -19.6
Turnout 2,835
Labour hold Swing -9.8
Pottemewton[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Sydney Symmonds 2,003 77.2 +17.4
Labour M. Lawrence 418 16.1 -13.1
Communist A. Dale 175 6.7 +5.0
Majority 1,585 61.1 +30.5
Turnout 2,596
Conservative hold Swing +15.2
Richmond Hill[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour J. Mathers 1,834 61.9 -9.3
Conservative G. Russell 914 30.9 +10.3
Communist T. Johnson 213 7.2 -1.0
Majority 920 31.1 -19.6
Turnout 2,961
Labour hold Swing -9.8
Roundhay[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Allan Bretherick 4,777 80.4 +1.8
Labour D. Thomas 1,168 19.6 -1.8
Majority 3,609 60.7 +3.6
Turnout 5,945
Conservative hold Swing +1.8
Stanningley[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative K. Knapton 3,037 49.1 +9.3
Labour H. Waterman 2,871 46.4 +1.2
Liberal F. Robertson 279 4.5 -10.5
Majority 166 2.7 -2.8
Turnout 6,187
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +4.0
Wellington[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour N. Barrett 980 55.7 -7.1
Conservative B. Pearce 482 27.4 +11.9
Liberal W. Alcock 228 13.0 -2.7
Communist M. Rogers 70 4.0 -2.0
Majority 498 28.3 -18.8
Turnout 1,760
Labour hold Swing -9.5
Westfield[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative A. Sexton 1,332 54.4 +5.7
Labour V. Whelan 1,118 45.6 -5.7
Majority 214 8.7 +6.1
Turnout 2,450
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +5.7
Woodhouse[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour P. Taylor 2,100 48.9 +0.3
Conservative P. Fingret 2,036 47.4 -0.8
Conservative D. Crawford 2,033
Labour J. Moynihan 2,006
Communist M. Moore 157 3.7 +0.5
Majority 27 1.5 +1.0
Turnout 4,293
Labour hold Swing +0.5
Conservative hold Swing
Wortley[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative R. Beal 3,465 51.9 +5.2
Conservative R. Treeman 3,380
Labour J. Klineberg 2,503 37.5 -3.3
Labour J. Stephen 2,479
Liberal W. Holdsworth 703 10.5 -1.9
Liberal J. Saxton 687
Majority 877 14.4 +8.4
Turnout 6,671
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +4.2

References

  1. ^ a b "Tories Gain Again in Urban Elections". The New York Times. 11 May 1967. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
  2. ^ 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. 12 May 1967.
  3. ^ a b Sharpe, L.J. (1967). Voting in cities: the 1964 borough elections.
  4. ^ a b Whitaker, Joseph (1967). Whitaker's Almanack 1967.
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