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2008 Leeds City Council election

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2008 Leeds City Council election

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33 of the 99 seats on Leeds City Council
(and 1 vacancy)
50 seats needed for a majority
Turnout35.76% (Decrease1.76%)
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Keith Wakefield Richard Brett Andrew Carter
Party Labour Liberal Democrats Conservative
Leader's seat Kippax & Methley Burmantofts & Richmond Hill Calverley & Farsley
Last election 15 seats, 32.5% 8 seats, 19.7% 7 seats, 27.0%
Seats won 13 9 8
Seats after 43 24 22
Seat change Steady Steady Steady
Popular vote 56,124 37,216 59,722
Percentage 28.67% 18.89% 31.41%

Labour in red (13), Liberal Democrats in yellow (9), Conservatives in blue (8), Morley Borough Independents in dark green (2) and Greens in light green (1).

Council control before election

Coalition
Liberal Democrats and Conservatives

Council control after election

Coalition
Liberal Democrats and Conservatives

The 2008 Leeds City Council election took place on Thursday 1 May 2008 to elect members of Leeds City Council in England.

As per the election cycle, one third of the council's 99 seats were contested, plus an additional vacancy in Calverley and Farsley ward as Amanda Carter stood down. Those seats up for election were those of the first-placed candidate elected for every ward at the 2004 all-out election, who had been granted a four year term to expire in 2008.

It saw the Liberal Democrat and Conservative coalition administration continue their control of the council. Despite both Labour and the Liberal Democrats winning more seats, the Conservatives won the majority of votes cast for the first time since 1992.

The Liberal Democrats regained a total of 24 seats on the council by defeating former Liberal Democrat-turn-independent and then Conservative councillor for Weetwood ward, Brian Jennings. This had followed Hyde Park and Woodhouse councillor, Kabeer Hussain, defecting from the Liberal Democrats to Labour in October 2007, who he then left less than six months later to sit as an independent before the 2008 election.[1][2][3][4]

Election result

Leeds Local Election Result 2008[1][2][4]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 8 0 0 0 26.5 31.41 59,722 +4.41%
  Labour 13 0 0 0 38.2 28.67 56,124 -3.83%
  Liberal Democrats 9 0 0 0 26.5 18.89 37,216 -0.81%
  BNP 0 0 0 0 0.0 11.35 22,094 +0.15%
  Green 1 0 0 0 2.9 3.72 7,449 -0.18%
  Morley Borough Independents 2 0 0 0 5.9 3.19 6,379 +0.49%
  Alliance for Green Socialism 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.97 1,945 +0.07%
  Independent 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.77 1,532 -0.03%
  UKIP 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.9 1,808 +0.0%
  English Democrat 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.14 276 -0.16%

This result had the following consequences for the total number of seats on the council after the elections:[1][2]

Party 2007 election Prior to election New council
Labour 43 43 43
Liberal Democrat 24 23 24[a]
Conservative 22 23[b] 22
Morley Borough Independent 5 5 5
Green 3 3 3
BNP 1 1 1
Independent 1[c] 1[d] 1
Total 99 99
Working majority  -13   -13   -13 

Ward results

Adel & Wharfedale[1][3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Barry Anderson* 4,377 57.6 +5.9
Liberal Democrats Christina Shaw 2,020 26.6 -3.4
Labour Doreen Illingworth 727 9.6 -2.5
BNP Jason Harland 269 3.5 -0.1
Green Paul Marchant 202 2.7 +2.7
Majority 2,357 31.0 +9.4
Turnout 7,595 47.6 -0.1
Conservative hold Swing +4.6
Alwoodley[1][3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Ronnie Feldman* 4,059 56.8 +4.6
Labour Doug Masterton 1,390 19.5 -2.1
Liberal Democrats John Clay 1,041 14.6 -0.9
UKIP Warren Hendon 250 3.5 -0.9
BNP Christine Whitaker 228 3.2 -0.3
Alliance for Green Socialism Brian Jackson 174 2.4 -0.3
Majority 2,669 37.4 +6.7
Turnout 7,142 40.7 -2.0
Conservative hold Swing +3.3
Ardsley & Robin Hood[1][3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Karen Renshaw* 1,696 29.8 -5.5
BNP Joanna Beverley 1,685 29.6 +2.0
Conservative Billy Flynn 1,298 22.8 +1.6
Independent Stewart McArdle 420 7.4 +7.4
Liberal Democrats Philip Moore 396 7.0 -3.2
UKIP David Daniel 201 3.5 -2.3
Majority 11 0.2 -7.5
Turnout 5,696 35.5 -0.4
Labour hold Swing -3.7
Armley[1][3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alison Lowe* 2,104 42.9 -3.1
Conservative Jeremy Kapp 915 18.7 +2.2
BNP Shaun Fitzpatrick 753 15.4 +2.2
Green Michael Croke 616 12.6 +0.3
Liberal Democrats Christopher Lovell 512 10.4 -3.2
Majority 1,189 24.3 -6.9
Turnout 4,900 28.0 -0.8
Labour hold Swing -3.4
Beeston & Holbeck[1][3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Angela Gabriel* 1,841 41.7 -2.4
Conservative Robert Winfield 1,002 22.7 +3.8
BNP Dean Taylor 663 15.0 +0.1
Liberal Democrats James Fuller 462 10.5 -2.1
Green Julie Cuthbert 237 5.4 -0.3
UKIP Wilfred Woodhouse 207 4.7 +0.9
Majority 839 19.0 -6.3
Turnout 4,412 28.5 -2.1
Labour hold Swing -3.1
Bramley & Stanningley[1][3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Denise Atkinson* 2,019 42.2 +1.1
Conservative Michael Best 1,069 22.4 +6.5
BNP David Gatenby 628 13.1 -5.7
Liberal Democrats Adam Slack 541 11.3 -0.3
English Democrat Dean Locke 276 5.8 -0.5
Green Pamela Brown 248 5.2 -1.1
Majority 950 19.9 -2.4
Turnout 4,781 28.9 -3.2
Labour hold Swing -3.8
Burmantofts & Richmond Hill[1][3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Ralph Pryke* 1,852 41.8 -6.4
Labour Danial Adilypour 1,330 30.0 +0.0
BNP Mark Collett 919 20.7 +2.2
Conservative Caroline Anderson 241 5.4 +2.0
Alliance for Green Socialism Allan House 93 2.1 +2.1
Majority 522 11.8 -6.4
Turnout 4,435 29.4 -2.7
Liberal Democrats hold Swing -3.2
Calverley & Farsley[1][3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Andrew Carter* 4,283 60.2 +6.8
Conservative Joseph Marjoram 3,159
Labour Lorraine Hoy 1,327 18.7 -4.5
Labour Andrew Jarosz 1,262
Liberal Democrats Kate Arbuckle 836 11.8 +0.7
BNP Jane Hollings 666 9.4 -3.0
BNP Robert Leary 637
Liberal Democrats Chris Read 613
Majority 2,956 41.6 +11.3
Turnout 7,112 37.0 -4.7
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing +5.6
Chapel Allerton[1][3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Eileen Taylor 2,415 44.2 -7.6
Liberal Democrats Altaf Hussein 1,222 22.4 +7.8
Conservative Simon Baker 794 14.5 +1.0
Alliance for Green Socialism Beverley Samuels 496 9.1 -0.3
Green Mark Elliot 359 6.6 -1.0
BNP David Whitaker 177 3.2 +0.0
Majority 1,193 21.8 -15.5
Turnout 5,463 31.6 -2.1
Labour hold Swing -7.7
City & Hunslet[1][3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Elizabeth Nash* 1,697 46.8 +3.2
Conservative Simon Harley 538 14.8 +8.3
Liberal Democrats Pip Sadler 488 13.5 -1.1
BNP John Atkinson 436 12.0 +0.4
Independent Muserat Sujawal 272 7.5 +7.5
Green Andy Parnham 193 5.3 -0.4
Majority 1,159 32.0 +3.0
Turnout 3,624 19.7 -2.7
Labour hold Swing -1.0
Cross Gates & Whinmoor[1][3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Suzi Armitage* 2,368 36.8 -4.9
Conservative David Schofield 2,233 34.7 +3.1
BNP John Douglas 979 15.2 +1.0
Liberal Democrats Ann Norman 577 9.0 -3.4
UKIP Darren Oddy 276 4.3 +4.3
Majority 135 2.1 -8.0
Turnout 6,433 38.0 +0.2
Labour hold Swing -4.0
Farnley & Wortley[1][3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Green David Blackburn* 2,556 44.6 +4.9
Labour Stephen Towler 1,264 22.0 -5.9
Conservative Glenn Broadbent 859 15.0 +3.7
BNP Helen Foster 793 13.8 +0.6
Liberal Democrats Michael Taylor 233 4.1 -0.6
Alliance for Green Socialism Declan Normaschild 28 0.5 +0.1
Majority 1,292 22.5 +10.7
Turnout 5,733 32.5 -1.0
Green hold Swing +5.4
Garforth & Swillington[1][3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Andrea McKenna* 3,004 42.6 -11.7
Conservative Louise Turner 2,768 39.2 +7.1
BNP Winnifred Mowbray 752 10.7 +3.2
Liberal Democrats Robert Jacques 535 7.6 +1.4
Majority 236 3.3 -18.9
Turnout 7,059 44.7 -4.4
Labour hold Swing -9.4
Gipton & Harehills[1][3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Alan Taylor* 2,584 42.9 +4.9
Labour Kamila Maqsood 2,551 42.3 -8.5
BNP Darran Smith 389 6.5 +0.8
Conservative Beatrice Greenwood 217 3.6 +0.3
Independent Katie Wheatley 110 1.8 +1.8
Green Martin Reed 94 1.6 +0.0
Alliance for Green Socialism Azar Iqbal 83 1.4 +0.6
Majority 33 0.5 -12.4
Turnout 6,028 38.2 -4.8
Liberal Democrats hold Swing +6.7
Guiseley & Rawdon[1][3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Graham Latty* 3,456 50.8 +3.4
Labour Mike King 1,664 24.5 -4.2
Liberal Democrats Cindy Cleasby 834 12.3 -0.1
BNP Wayne Taylor 436 6.4 +0.5
Green Colin Avison 347 5.1 +0.1
Alliance for Green Socialism Gareth Christie 62 0.9 +0.3
Majority 1,792 26.4 +7.7
Turnout 6,799 40.3 -0.4
Conservative hold Swing +3.8
Harewood[1][3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Ann Castle* 4,940 73.3 +5.2
Labour David Nagle 734 10.9 -2.3
Liberal Democrats Benjamin Chapman 426 6.3 -0.6
BNP Martin Gibson 376 5.6 -1.0
Green Patricia Capstick 210 3.1 -1.4
Alliance for Green Socialism Fiona Christie 53 0.8 +0.0
Majority 4,206 62.4 +7.4
Turnout 6,739 45.9 -0.6
Conservative hold Swing +3.7
Headingley[1][3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Jamie Matthews 1,021 41.2 -6.6
Labour Mohammed Azam 730 29.5 +6.6
Green Tim Sunderland 344 13.9 -1.1
Conservative Michael Horwood 318 12.8 +3.4
BNP Lawrence Hansard 40 1.6 -0.1
Alliance for Green Socialism Sequoyah de Souza Vigneswaren 25 1.0 -2.1
Majority 291 11.7 -13.2
Turnout 2,478 19.7 +1.9
Liberal Democrats hold Swing -6.6
Horsforth[1][3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Chris Townsley* 3,321 45.9 +8.8
Conservative Richard Hardcastle 2,746 37.9 +1.3
Labour Nigel Gill 563 7.8 -3.9
BNP Ian Asquith 339 4.7 +0.1
Green Ian Asquith 272 3.8 -1.1
Majority 575 7.9 +7.5
Turnout 7,241 41.9 +0.6
Liberal Democrats hold Swing +3.7
Hyde Park & Woodhouse[1][3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Penny Ewens 1,206 40.6 -3.2
Labour Gerry Harper 1,142 38.5 +5.8
Green Kate Bisson 299 10.1 -0.4
Conservative Syprian Pitkin 219 7.4 +1.1
BNP Bernard Allen 102 3.4 +0.3
Majority 64 2.2 -8.9
Turnout 2,968 19.9 -1.5
Liberal Democrats hold Swing -4.5
Killingbeck & Seacroft[1][3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Graham Hyde* 2,576 49.8 -4.4
Conservative Donald Townsley 767 14.8 +1.3
BNP Mark Powell 723 14.0 -2.8
Liberal Democrats Sadie Fisher 530 10.2 -5.3
UKIP Adam Douglas 454 8.8 +8.8
Alliance for Green Socialism Simon Fearn 122 2.4 +2.4
Majority 1,809 35.0 -2.4
Turnout 5,172 31.4 -0.6
Labour hold Swing -2.8
Kippax & Methley[1][3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Keith Parker* 3,048 50.6 -5.3
Conservative Tina Phillips 1,720 28.5 +5.2
BNP Peter Maverick 751 12.5 +0.1
Liberal Democrats John MacArthur 506 8.4 -0.1
Majority 1,328 22.0 -10.5
Turnout 6,025 37.8 -1.0
Labour hold Swing -5.2
Kirkstall[1][3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Lucinda Yeadon 1,981 39.4 -4.4
Liberal Democrats Ruth Coleman 1,844 36.6 +2.5
Conservative Philip Smith 495 9.8 +2.5
BNP Tony Thackwray 376 7.5 +0.0
Green Anne-Marie Hill 337 6.7 -0.7
Majority 137 2.7 -6.9
Turnout 5,033 30.1 -1.9
Labour hold Swing -3.4
Middleton Park[1][3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Geoff Driver* 1,960 38.3 -8.3
BNP Kevin Meeson 1,911 37.4 +3.0
Conservative Alastair Gunn 724 14.2 +5.3
Liberal Democrats Christine Golton 517 10.1 +0.0
Majority 49 1.0 -11.3
Turnout 5,112 29.4 -2.5
Labour hold Swing -5.6
Moortown[1][3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Mark Harris* 2,813 41.3 +1.2
Labour Linda Cullen 1,756 25.8 -5.4
Conservative Amy Smith 1,597 23.5 +2.5
BNP Anthony Brown 267 3.9 +0.8
Alliance for Green Socialism Michael Davies 242 3.6 +0.2
UKIP Jeff Miles 131 1.9 +0.6
Majority 1,057 15.5 +6.6
Turnout 6,806 39.6 -5.3
Liberal Democrats hold Swing +3.3
Morley North[1][3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Morley Borough Independents Robert Finnigan* 3,665 51.7 +10.7
BNP Tom Redmond 1,388 19.6 +1.8
Labour Neil Dawson 955 13.5 -0.1
Conservative Neil Hunt 861 12.1 +3.1
Liberal Democrats James Jennings 224 3.2 +0.1
Majority 2,277 32.1 +8.8
Turnout 1,388 40.2 -3.1
Morley Borough Independents hold Swing +4.4
Morley South[1][3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Morley Borough Independents Judith Elliott* 2,714 43.8 +7.9
BNP Mike Mee 1,779 28.7 -0.3
Labour Alec Hudson 832 13.4 -7.4
Conservative Mark Holmes 517 8.3 +0.2
Liberal Democrats Nathan Fossey 202 3.3 +0.2
Independent Charles Slingsby 158 2.5 -0.6
Majority 935 15.1 +8.2
Turnout 6,202 37.7 -4.0
Morley Borough Independents hold Swing +4.1
Otley and Yeadon[1][3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Graham Kirkland* 2,951 38.8 -5.3
Conservative Kenneth Creek 2,139 28.2 +5.2
Labour John Eveleigh 1,716 22.6 -0.8
BNP Richard Warrington 382 5.0 +0.4
Green David Webb 232 3.1 -0.3
Alliance for Green Socialism Francis Denning 177 2.3 +1.5
Majority 812 10.7 -10.1
Turnout 7,597 44.2 -1.4
Liberal Democrats hold Swing -5.2
Pudsey[1][3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Josie Jarosz* 2,530 39.0 -2.9
Conservative Jason Aldiss 2,220 34.2 +1.8
BNP John Hirst 857 13.2 +1.5
Liberal Democrats Gregory Hall 580 8.9 +2.2
Green Irene Dracup 303 4.7 +1.1
Majority 310 4.8 -4.7
Turnout 6,490 37.8 -3.3
Labour hold Swing -2.3
Rothwell[1][3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Don Wilson* 2,534 43.5 +2.1
Labour Karen Bruce 1,954 33.6 -3.0
Conservative Mathew Robinson 706 12.1 +1.3
BNP Robert Peel 625 10.7 -0.5
Majority 580 10.0 +5.2
Turnout 5,819 37.6 -0.9
Liberal Democrats hold Swing +2.5
Roundhay[1][3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Matthew Lobley* 3,337 47.0 +6.8
Labour Sharon Hamilton 2,145 30.2 -2.3
Liberal Democrats Sean Brawley 820 11.5 -1.0
Green Colin Johnston 294 4.1 -4.0
Alliance for Green Socialism Malcolm Christie 281 4.0 +1.0
BNP Mark Ferguson 228 3.2 -0.4
Majority 1,192 16.8 +9.1
Turnout 7,105 41.4 -2.3
Conservative hold Swing +4.5
Temple Newsam[1][3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative William Hyde* 2,386 33.9 +1.3
Labour Jeff Coupar 2,083 29.6 -4.4
BNP Peter Hollings 1,560 22.2 -1.2
Liberal Democrats Keith Norman 521 7.4 -2.7
Independent David Gale 487 6.9 +6.9
Majority 303 4.3 +3.0
Turnout 7,037 44.0 -0.1
Conservative hold Swing +2.8
Weetwood[1][3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Ben Chastney 2,436 41.3 -6.2
Conservative Brian Jennings* 1,713 29.0 +4.9
Labour Rosie Pickard 952 16.1 +2.3
Green Martin Hemingway 306 5.2 -2.1
BNP Sharon Knight 302 5.1 +0.6
Alliance for Green Socialism Trevor Bavage 109 1.8 +0.4
Independent Alan Procter 67 1.1 +1.1
Independent Ercan Hayirioglu 18 0.3 +0.3
Majority 723 12.2 -11.2
Turnout 5,903 34.9 -0.3
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Wetherby[1][3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Gerald Wilkinson* 4,208 64.6 +4.3
Labour Jolene Cassell 1,070 16.4 -2.6
Liberal Democrats Kate Gagen 631 9.7 -0.5
BNP David Craven 315 4.8 -0.7
UKIP Tony Robson 289 4.4 -0.6
Majority 3,138 48.2 +6.9
Turnout 6,513 42.2 -1.1
Conservative hold Swing +3.4

By-elections between 2008 and 2010

Farnley & Wortley by-election 18 September 2008
replacing Luke Russell (resigned)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Green Andy Parnham 1,183 27.1 -17.5
Liberal Democrats Rosie Spencer 1,151 26.3 +22.2
Labour Stephen Towler 1,009 23.1 +1.1
BNP Peter Hollings 556 12.7 -1.1
Conservative Glenn Broadbent 428 9.8 -5.2
Alliance for Green Socialism Michael Davies 45 1.0 +0.5
Majority 32 0.8 -21.7
Turnout 4,372 24.8 -7.7
Green hold Swing -19.8
Temple Newsam by-election 2 April 2009
replacing Jacqueline Langdale (resigned)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Schofield 1,785 28.0 -5.9
BNP Tom Redmond 1,502 23.6 +1.4
Labour Danny Adilypour 1,476 23.2 -6.4
Liberal Democrats Ian Dowling 1,468 23.1 +15.6
Green Christopher Foren 137 2.2 +2.2
Majority 283 4.4 +0.1
Turnout 6,368
Conservative gain from Labour Swing -2.2
Hyde Park & Woodhouse by-election 18 February 2010
replacing Kabeer Hussain (deceased)[8][9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Gerry Harper 1,054 47.8 +9.3
Liberal Democrats Mike Taylor 671 30.5 -10.1
Conservative Yasser Khalid 188 8.5 +1.1
Independent Adele Beeson 150 6.8 +6.8
Green Christopher Foren 140 6.4 -3.7
Majority 383 17.3 +15.1
Turnout 2,203 14.8 -5.1
Labour gain from Liberal Democrats Swing +9.7

Notes

  1. ^ The Liberal Democrats increased their number of council seats by defeating incumbent Weetwood ward councillor, Brian Jennings, who had previously resigned from the Liberal Democrat council group following the 2006 election and joined the Conservatives in May 2007.
  2. ^ Former Liberal Democrat and now independent Brian Jennings (Weetwood) joined the Conservatives after the 2007 election. He lost his seat to the Liberal Democrats at the 2008 election.
  3. ^ Former Liberal Democrat councillor, Brian Jennings (Weetwood), was an independent at the time of the 2007 election.
  4. ^ Kabeer Hussain (Hyde Park and Woodhouse) defected from the Liberal Democrats to Labour in October 2007, leaving the Labour council group less than six months later to sit as an independent. He rejoined the Lib Dems in March 2009.[5]

References

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