Leeds (European Parliament constituency)


Leeds was a European Parliament constituency, centred on Leeds in the West Yorkshire area of England.

Leeds
European Parliament constituency
Member stateUnited Kingdom
Created1979
Dissolved1999
MEPs1
Sources

Prior to its uniform adoption of proportional representation in 1999, the United Kingdom used first-past-the-post for the European elections in England, Scotland and Wales. The European Parliament constituencies used under that system were smaller than the later regional constituencies and only had one Member of the European Parliament each.

When it was created in England in 1979, it consisted of the Westminster Parliament constituencies of Batley and Morley, Leeds East, Leeds North East, Leeds North West, Leeds South, Leeds South East, Leeds West and Pudsey. In 1984, Batley and Morley, Leeds South and Leeds South West were replaced by Elmet, Leeds Central and Morley and Leeds South.[1]

In 1999, the constituency became part of the much larger Yorkshire and the Humber constituency.

Members of the European Parliament


Elected Name Party
1979 Derek Enright Labour
1984 Michael McGowan Labour

Results


European Parliament election, 1979: Leeds[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Derek Enright 62,475 45.6
Conservative P. C. Price 54,405 39.8
Liberal David Austick 20,005 14.6
Majority 8,070 5.8
Turnout 136,885 28.6
Labour win (new seat)
European Parliament election, 1984: Leeds[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Michael McGowan 86,259 42.3 -3.3
Conservative J. G. Holt 60,178 36.1 -3.7
Liberal S. J. Cooksey 36,097 21.6 +7.0
Majority 10,357 6.2 +0.4
Turnout 182,534 31.6 +3.0
Labour hold Swing
European Parliament election, 1989: Leeds[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Michael McGowan 97,385 52.2 +9.9
Conservative John Tweddle 54,867 29.4 -6.7
Green Clive Lord 22,558 12.1 New
SLD J. Ewens 11,720 6.3 -15.3
Majority 42,518 22.8 +14.6
Turnout 186,530 37.1 +5.5
Labour hold Swing
European Parliament election, 1994: Leeds[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Michael McGowan 89,160 56.9 +4.7
Conservative Neil Carmichael 36,078 23.0 -6.4
Liberal Democrats Jane Harvey 17,557 11.2 +4.9
Liberal Michael Meadowcroft 6,617 4.2 New
Green Claire Nash 6,283 4.0 -8.1
Natural Law Sarah Jane Hayward 1,018 0.7 New
Majority 53,082 33.9 +11.1
Turnout 156,713 30.0 -7.1
Labour hold Swing

References