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Leeds Central
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The Benn family's representation in the Commons looks set to continue for quite some time to come, as Tony's son Hilary was returned in this very safe inner city seat in the 1999 by-election caused by the premature death of Derek Fatchett. Here are to be found a variety of neighbourhoods, including the site of the first ever tower block built in Britain in Richmond Hill ward, and the old working class terraces celebrated by a native son, the poet Tony Harrison, in Beeston; but all are strongly Labour in General Elections.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Hilary Benn was elected here on the lowest turnout (19pc) for half a century. The fifth member of his family to reach the Commons in four successive generations, he represents Labour's only remaining dynasty. Born 1953 and educated at Holland Park Comprehensive School (instead of his father's Westminster School, for which he had been entered) and Sussex University, he worked as a union (APEX then MSF) researcher. A remarkable chip off his father's block in looks, mannerisms and possibly ability he may be, but ideologically he is, in his words "a Benn, but not a Bennite", having ditched his unilateralist and Eurosceptic past as a leftwing Ealing councillor, for the Blairite road paved with realism and seats. He backed Nato's bombing of Serbia and favours performance-related pay for teachers.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 0.00% 14.99% 0.00
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.00% 2.49% 0.00
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.13% 4.43% 2.84
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 0.88% 7.27% 12.09
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 2.21% 2.56% 86.30
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 11.82% 3.94% 299.80
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 1.89% 13.04% 14.47
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 18.32% 12.70% 144.19
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 5.73% 8.14% 70.34
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 3.22% 4.02% 80.12
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 4.85% 3.19% 152.24
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 28.06% 11.31% 248.08
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 13.50% 3.06% 440.76
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 6.01% 2.52% 238.82
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 3.27% 2.10% 155.69
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.12% 0.06% 184.90
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 16.41% 9.41% 174.36
5-10K 24.41% 16.63% 146.75
10-15K 20.24% 16.58% 122.07
15-20K 13.78% 13.58% 101.47
20-25K 8.82% 10.39% 84.87
25-30K 5.57% 7.77% 71.61
30-35K 3.53% 5.79% 61.00
35-40K 2.27% 4.33% 52.44
40-45K 1.49% 3.27% 45.50
45-50K 0.99% 2.48% 39.80
50-55K 0.67% 1.90% 35.08
55-60K 0.46% 1.47% 31.15
60-65K 0.32% 1.15% 27.83
65-70K 0.23% 0.91% 25.02
70-75K 0.16% 0.72% 22.62
75-80K 0.12% 0.57% 20.55
80-85K 0.09% 0.46% 18.75
85-90K 0.06% 0.37% 17.19
90-95K 0.05% 0.31% 15.82
95-100K 0.04% 0.25% 14.61
100K + 0.13% 1.34% 9.89

Local Map of the constituency
Leeds Central - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Leeds Central - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (5.92%)
Conservative (-  8.68%) Liberal Democrat (-  2.75%)
Conservative (0.55%) Liberal Democrat (1.96%)
Labour (-  2.69%)
Con - 8.68%
Lab 5.92%
LD - 2.75%
Con 0.55%
Lab - 2.69%
LD 1.96%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Hilary Benn
Labour hold
Con Conservative (14.27%) 3,896 14.27%
Lab Labour (66.93%) 18,277 66.93%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.21%) 3,607 13.21%
Oth Other (5.59%) 1,526 5.59%
Maj Majority (52.67%) 14,381 52.67%
Turn Turnout (41.69%) 27,306 41.69%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Hilary Benn
Labour hold
LD Stewart Arnold 3,607 13.21%
L Hilary Benn 18,277 66.93%
UK David Burgess 775 2.84%
SA Steve Johnson 751 2.75%
C Victoria Richmond 3,896 14.27%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
Byelection Results
By Election (10 June 1999)
Death of Rt Hon Derek John Fatchett 9 May 1999
Hilary Benn
Labour
Con Conservative (12.27%) 1,618 12.27%
Lab Labour (48.24%) 6,361 48.24%
LD Liberal Democrat (30.85%) 4,068 30.85%
Oth Other (8.64%) 1,140 8.64%
Maj Majority (17.39%) 2,293 17.39%
Turn Turnout (19.60%) 13,187 19.60%
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Derek Fatchett
Labour
Con Conservative (13.72%) 5,077 13.72%
Lab Labour (69.62%) 25,766 69.62%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.25%) 4,164 11.25%
Ref Referendum (2.82%) 1,042 2.82%
Oth Other (2.59%) 960 2.59%
Maj Majority (55.90%) 20,689 55.90%
Turn Turnout (54.70%) 37,009 54.70%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (22.40%) 10,281 22.40%
Lab Labour (63.70%) 29,273 63.70%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.00%) 6,416 14.00%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (41.30%) 18,992 41.30%
Turn Turnout (62.31%) 45,970 62.31%

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