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Leeds North West
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
This is the most vulnerable of the "Leeds" seats to a recapture by the Conservatives, not least because it extends all the way beyond the traditional borders of the city to include a ward named Otley and Wharfedale, but it will remain close and divided as the sitting MP Harold Best can rely on doing well further in at Headingley, where he himself lives, among a swarm of students, and to some extent in Weetwood. He will probably win again if Labour has an overall majority above 90 (half that of last time) but not otherwise.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Harold Best, a bald and bearded, secondary modern and technical college-educated electrician, was unexpectedly catapulted into Westminster in his 60th year in 1997. Subsequently he confirmed his un-Blairite credentials by rebelling against lone parent benefit cuts, the predatory pricing of the Murdoch press, the Criminal Justice (Terrorism & Conspiracy) Bill, the Prime Ministerís power to nominate life peers, and disability benefit cuts. The Conservative hoping to regain this seat is Harrogate-based Adam Pritchard, a marketing manager with a car component firm, who was born in 1967 and educated at King Henry VIII School, Coventry, University College London, and Leeds University Business School. He was active in the past in the Federation of Conservative Students and in Lady Olga Maitlandís Women and Families for Defence.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 20.99% 14.99% 140.00
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 2.31% 2.49% 93.11
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 2.38% 4.43% 53.88
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 4.73% 7.27% 64.98
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 6.86% 2.56% 267.32
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 2.51% 2.04% 123.02
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 20.82% 3.94% 527.92
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 13.26% 13.04% 101.71
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 5.02% 12.70% 39.49
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 6.64% 8.14% 81.54
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 5.04% 4.02% 125.22
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 5.38% 3.19% 168.97
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 1.70% 11.31% 14.99
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 2.28% 3.06% 74.39
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.00% 2.52% 0.00
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.03% 2.10% 1.50
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.06% 0.06% 90.35
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 9.34% 9.41% 99.20
£5-10K 14.98% 16.63% 90.04
£10-15K 15.10% 16.58% 91.10
£15-20K 12.85% 13.58% 94.58
£20-25K 10.26% 10.39% 98.70
£25-30K 7.99% 7.77% 102.82
£30-35K 6.18% 5.79% 106.70
£35-40K 4.78% 4.33% 110.26
£40-45K 3.70% 3.27% 113.45
£45-50K 2.89% 2.48% 116.31
£50-55K 2.26% 1.90% 118.84
£55-60K 1.79% 1.47% 121.08
£60-65K 1.42% 1.15% 123.06
£65-70K 1.13% 0.91% 124.81
£70-75K 0.91% 0.72% 126.34
£75-80K 0.73% 0.57% 127.69
£80-85K 0.60% 0.46% 128.87
£85-90K 0.49% 0.37% 129.90
£90-95K 0.40% 0.31% 130.81
£95-100K 0.33% 0.25% 131.60
£100K + 1.80% 1.34% 133.87

Local Map of the constituency
Leeds North West - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Leeds North West - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (12.59%)
Conservative (- 10.90%) Liberal Democrat (-  4.13%)
Labour (2.03%) Liberal Democrat (3.25%)
Conservative (-  2.52%)
Con - 10.90%
Lab 12.59%
LD - 4.13%
Con - 2.52%
Lab 2.03%
LD 3.25%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Harold Best
Labour hold
Con Conservative (29.58%) 12,558 29.58%
Lab Labour (41.92%) 17,794 41.92%
LD Liberal Democrat (26.93%) 11,431 26.93%
Oth Other (1.57%) 668 1.57%
Maj Majority (12.33%) 5,236 12.33%
Turn Turnout (58.20%) 42,451 58.20%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Harold Best
Labour hold
L Harold Best 17,794 41.92%
LD David Hall-Matthews 11,431 26.93%
UK Simon Jones 668 1.57%
C Adam Pritchard 12,558 29.58%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Harold Best
Labour gain
Con Conservative (32.10%) 15,850 32.10%
Lab Labour (39.89%) 19,694 39.89%
LD Liberal Democrat (23.67%) 11,689 23.67%
Ref Referendum (2.68%) 1,325 2.68%
Oth Other (1.66%) 818 1.66%
Maj Majority (7.79%) 3,844 7.79%
Turn Turnout (70.57%) 49,376 70.57%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (43.00%) 21,750 43.00%
Lab Labour (27.30%) 13,782 27.30%
LD Liberal Democrat (27.80%) 14,079 27.80%
Oth Other (1.90%) 946 1.90%
Maj Majority (15.20%) 7,671 15.20%
Turn Turnout (73.55%) 50,557 73.55%

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