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1991 Leeds City Council election

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Map of the results for the 1991 Leeds council election.
Map of the results for the 1991 Leeds council election.

The Leeds City Council elections were held on Thursday, 2 May 1991, with one third of the council and a vacancy in Horsforth to be elected.

The upsurge in Labour support recorded the previous year mostly unwound, allowing the Conservatives and the renamed Liberal Democrats a more successful election - although the latter also looked to be recovering from their disastrous merger, fielding a more convincing slate and gaining a moderate rise in their vote. The surprise Conservative losses of 1990 election were all defended this time round - although only narrowly in the case of Weetwood, with Halton and Pudsey North being much safer and Aireborough actually a gain from the Lib Dems. Labour managed a gain a seat apiece from the main opposition parties, with a comfortable win in Burmantofts from the Lib Dems and snatching the last Conservative seat in Morley North to further extend their record majority.

Meanwhile, the Greens stood in over a third of the wards - their strongest slate in over a decade, and the Liberals won third place in each of the handful of wards they stood in. Notably absent were the enduring CPGB and David Owen's Social Democrats, both parties having chosen to dissolve themselves by the time of election.[1]

Election result

Leeds Local Election Result 1991
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 22 2 0 +2 64.7 46.1 102,103 -10.0%
  Conservative 8 1 1 0 23.5 30.2 66,860 +3.5%
  Liberal Democrats 4 0 2 -2 11.8 20.2 44,631 +5.8%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0.0 1.9 4,219 +0.5%
  Liberal 0 0 0 0 0.0 1.5 3,265 +0.5%
  Independent 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.1 208 -0.1%

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

Party Previous council New council
Labour 66 68
Conservative 21 21
Liberal Democrat 11 9
Independent 1 1
Total 99 99
Working majority  33   37 

Ward results

Aireborough[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative M. Atkinson 3,539 37.2 -0.8
Labour Gerry Harper 3,073 32.3 -13.0
Liberal Democrats Janet Brown 2,681 28.2 +11.4
Green A. Ross 222 2.3 +2.3
Majority 466 4.9 -2.5
Turnout 9,515
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing +6.1
Armley[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour P. Paley 3,384 57.1 -10.0
Conservative W. Hanbury 1,024 17.3 +1.9
Liberal A. Gonzalez 625 10.5 +10.5
Liberal Democrats Andrew Davies 581 9.8 -7.8
Green M. Stroud 315 5.3 +5.3
Majority 2,360 39.8 -9.6
Turnout 5,929
Labour hold Swing -5.9
Barwick & Kippax[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour M. Monks 4,594 55.2 -7.5
Conservative John Procter 2,476 29.7 +3.3
Liberal Democrats D. Lindley 879 10.6 +4.3
Green D. Fullerton 374 4.5 -0.1
Majority 2,118 25.4 -10.9
Turnout 8,323
Labour hold Swing -5.4
Beeston[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour P. Bellwood 2,887 62.3 -10.0
Conservative H. Woodhead 1,087 23.5 +6.0
Liberal Democrats Pam Davies 657 14.2 +14.2
Majority 1,800 38.9 -16.0
Turnout 4,631
Labour hold Swing -8.0
Bramley[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour A. Miller 3,628 61.2 -4.7
Liberal Michael Meadowcroft 1,299 21.9 -2.9
Conservative T. Cooper 765 12.9 +3.6
Liberal Democrats M. Ewens 238 4.0 +4.0
Majority 2,329 39.3 -1.8
Turnout 5,930
Labour hold Swing -0.9
Burmantofts[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ron Blower 3,103 57.3 -6.4
Liberal Democrats T. Ineson 2,005 37.0 +6.7
Conservative C. Wilson 305 5.6 -0.3
Majority 1,098 20.3 -13.1
Turnout 5,413
Labour gain from Liberal Democrats Swing -6.5
Chapel Allerton[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Norma Hutchinson 3,732 62.3 -10.4
Conservative F. Yarnold 1,239 20.7 +2.2
Liberal Democrats J. Levy 672 11.2 +2.4
Green R. Mills 350 5.8 +5.8
Majority 2,493 41.6 -12.6
Turnout 5,993
Labour hold Swing -6.3
City & Holbeck[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Erskine 3,413 69.4 -9.7
Liberal Democrats R. Mayne 734 14.9 +3.5
Conservative D. Boynton 532 10.8 +1.4
Green D. Blakemore 240 4.9 +4.9
Majority 2,679 54.5 -13.2
Turnout 4,919
Labour hold Swing -6.6
Cookridge[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative A. Wheatley 3,905 52.9 +4.1
Labour Alan Procter 1,951 26.5 -9.6
Liberal Democrats John Macarthur 1519 20.6 +5.5
Majority 1,954 26.5 +13.8
Turnout 7,375
Conservative hold Swing +6.8
Garforth & Swillington[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour S. Haines 4,747 56.7 -10.4
Conservative J. Scott 2,464 29.4 +6.5
Liberal Democrats R. Hutchinson 1,156 13.8 +3.9
Majority 2,283 27.3 -16.9
Turnout 8,367
Labour hold Swing -8.4
Halton[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative William Hyde 3,692 46.9 +5.2
Labour N. Clarkson 3,003 38.1 -6.7
Liberal Democrats David Hollingsworth 1,182 15.0 +1.6
Majority 689 8.7 +5.5
Turnout 7,877
Conservative hold Swing +5.9
Harehills[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour J. Clare 3,571 67.3 +2.6
Conservative A. Wilson 672 12.7 +0.9
Liberal Democrats A. Appleyard 549 10.3 +10.3
Green Andrew Tear 305 5.7 +5.7
Independent D. Talbot 208 3.9 +1.0
Majority 2,899 54.6 +3.0
Turnout 5,305
Labour hold Swing +0.8
Headingley[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Keith Nathan 3,243 50.1 -5.0
Liberal Democrats Christina Shaw 2,044 31.6 +14.2
Conservative B. King 1,180 18.2 +3.5
Majority 1,199 18.5 -19.3
Turnout 6,467
Labour hold Swing -9.6
Horsforth[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats J. Meade 3,353 42.0 -0.4
Liberal Democrats Christopher Townsley 3,249
Conservative M. Addison 3,180 39.9 +5.6
Conservative E. Robinson 2,505
Labour C. Hooson 1,445 18.1 -5.3
Labour A. Walker 1,240
Majority 69 2.2 -6.0
Turnout 7,978
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Liberal Democrats hold Swing -3.0
Hunslet[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour I. Hugill 3,256 84.4 -6.5
Conservative A. Larvin 600 15.6 +6.5
Majority 2,656 68.9 -13.1
Turnout 3,856
Labour hold Swing -6.5
Kirkstall[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Illingworth 3,488 59.8 -22.0
Conservative S. McBarron 1,049 18.0 -0.3
Liberal N. Nowosielski 699 12.0 +12.0
Green A. Mander 601 10.3 +10.3
Majority 2,439 41.8 -21.7
Turnout 5,837
Labour hold Swing -10.8
Middleton[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour J. Taylor 3,273 72.0 -13.5
Conservative C. Walker 730 16.1 +1.6
Liberal Democrats C. Ward 541 11.9 +11.9
Majority 2,543 56.0 -15.1
Turnout 4,544
Labour hold Swing -7.5
Moortown[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Miles Crompton 3,897 50.2 +5.4
Conservative C. Thompson 2,195 28.3 -0.9
Labour A. Hollas 1,666 21.5 -4.5
Majority 1,702 21.9 +6.2
Turnout 7,758
Liberal Democrats hold Swing +3.1
Morley North
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour G. Morrison 3,539 48.1 -17.9
Conservative A. Bloom 2,919 39.7 +5.8
Liberal Democrats C. Hardcastle 892 12.1 +12.1
Majority 620 8.4 -23.7
Turnout 7,350
Labour gain from Conservative Swing -11.8
Morley South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour R. Mitchell 3,827 54.4 -13.5
Conservative J. Galek 1,842 26.2 +4.6
Liberal Democrats Thomas Leadley 1,370 19.5 +10.2
Majority 1,985 28.2 -18.2
Turnout 7,039
Labour hold Swing -9.0
North
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Ronald Feldman 3,874 54.7 +4.8
Liberal Democrats W. Forshaw 1,823 25.8 +11.1
Labour B. Brady 1,379 19.5 -12.5
Majority 2,051 29.0 +11.1
Turnout 7,076
Conservative hold Swing -3.1
Otley & Wharfedale[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Graham Kirkland 4,329 43.8 +7.9
Conservative Graham Latty 3,473 35.1 +0.4
Labour Susan Egan 2,083 21.1 -8.3
Majority 1,390 14.1 +12.9
Turnout 9,885
Liberal Democrats hold Swing +3.7
Pudsey North
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative I. Favell 3,733 43.5 +8.8
Labour S. Pollard 2,767 32.3 -13.1
Liberal Democrats J. Heppell 1,721 20.1 +0.1
Green R. Notley 354 4.1 +4.1
Majority 966 11.3 +0.7
Turnout 8,575
Conservative hold Swing +10.9
Pudsey South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour A. Hickinson 3,314 46.7 -9.7
Conservative R. Cam 1,983 27.9 +2.3
Liberal Democrats A. Fleet 1,802 25.4 +7.4
Majority 1,331 18.7 -12.1
Turnout 7,099
Labour hold Swing -6.0
Richmond Hill[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour M. Simmons 3,814 74.1 -6.0
Liberal Democrats Keith Norman 795 15.4 +3.2
Conservative W. Birch 541 10.5 +2.9
Majority 3,019 58.6 -9.2
Turnout 5,150
Labour hold Swing -4.6
Rothwell[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Brian Walker 3,587 55.6 -7.6
Liberal Democrats A. Barber 1,453 22.5 +5.3
Conservative A. Heeson 1,417 21.9 +2.3
Majority 2,134 33.0 -10.5
Turnout 6,457
Labour hold Swing -6.4
Roundhay[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Peter Gruen 3,767 49.9 +3.1
Labour Thomas Murray 2,075 27.5 -7.3
Liberal Democrats J. Pullan 1,392 18.4 +7.9
Green P. Ellis 313 4.1 -3.7
Majority 1,692 22.4 +10.4
Turnout 7,547
Conservative hold Swing +5.2
Seacroft[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour D. Gabb 3,790 76.1 -6.3
Conservative M. Collinson 665 13.3 +3.1
Liberal Democrats Sadie Fisher 527 10.6 +3.2
Majority 3,125 62.7 -9.4
Turnout 4,982
Labour hold Swing -4.7
University
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour N. Sloane 3,107 65.5 -7.3
Conservative Robert Winfield 614 12.9 +2.6
Liberal Democrats A. Norman 549 11.6 +4.0
Green C. Lindsey 473 10.0 +0.8
Majority 2,493 52.6 -9.9
Turnout 4,743
Labour hold Swing -4.9
Weetwood[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative S. Gill 2,854 37.8 +3.2
Labour J. Eveleigh 2,643 35.0 -6.0
Liberal Democrats J. Ewens 2,055 27.2 +8.6
Majority 211 2.8 -3.6
Turnout 7,552
Conservative hold Swing +4.6
Wetherby[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Hudson 5,401 58.7 -1.7
Liberal Democrats A. Beck 1,828 19.9 +6.9
Labour S. Molloy 1,640 17.8 -8.9
Green D. Corry 338 3.7 +3.7
Majority 3,573 38.8 +5.2
Turnout 9,207
Conservative hold Swing -4.3
Whinmoor[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour E. Pickard 3,319 55.9 -9.5
Conservative C. Jones 1,802 30.3 +4.8
Liberal Democrats G. Roberts 820 13.8 +4.7
Majority 1,517 25.5 -14.3
Turnout 5,941
Labour hold Swing -7.1
Wortley[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Fabian Hamilton 3,762 56.4 -11.1
Conservative B. Nicol 1,341 20.1 +2.1
Liberal P. Williams 642 9.6 +9.6
Liberal Democrats W. Moss 587 8.8 -5.7
Green David Blackburn 334 5.0 +5.0
Majority 2,421 36.3 -13.2
Turnout 6,666
Labour hold Swing -6.6

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 "District results: Leeds". The Yorkshire Post. 3 May 1991.
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