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Leeds West
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Now largely clear of the Liberal activism which for one term elected Michael Meadowcroft as MP in the 1980s, the wards of Armley, Bramley, Kirkstall and Wortley now return his conqueror, Labour Minister John Battle regularly, by nearly a 20,000 majority in 1997, and that over a Tory; the Liberal rump who never accepted the Alliance with the bulk of the SDP at the end of the Eighties, and still contest this seat, but they only polled 600 or so votes in 1997, having almost matched the Lib Dems in 1992.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
One of a clutch of former or ex-aspirant priests in Labourís ranks (see also David Cairns, Greenock and Chris Bryant, Rhondda), John Battle, a bearded former leftwing unilateralist and Gulf-War opponent, elected here in 1987, finds himself as a Minister of State at the Foreign Office in a strange location for one whose diplomatic skills are somewhat masked by an excitable, forceful and loquacious manner. Born 1951 and educated at Catholic schools and at Upholland (RC) Seminary, Liverpool and (later) at Leeds University, where he read English, he worked as researcher to a (Catholic) Leeds MEP, and then for Church Action on Poverty. He votes the Catholic ticket on abortion and took an interest in dealings with Indonesia over East Timor.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 0.09% 14.99% 0.62
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 1.26% 4.43% 28.40
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 4.01% 7.27% 55.13
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.72% 2.56% 28.08
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 6.91% 3.94% 175.19
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 8.89% 13.04% 68.15
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 27.12% 12.70% 213.53
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 6.80% 8.14% 83.50
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 3.02% 4.02% 75.02
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 10.30% 3.19% 323.45
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 22.39% 11.31% 197.94
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 4.21% 3.06% 137.58
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 4.28% 2.52% 169.87
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 11.54% 9.41% 122.64
£5-10K 20.81% 16.63% 125.15
£10-15K 19.57% 16.58% 118.05
£15-20K 14.75% 13.58% 108.60
£20-25K 10.29% 10.39% 99.02
£25-30K 7.00% 7.77% 90.07
£30-35K 4.75% 5.79% 81.97
£35-40K 3.24% 4.33% 74.72
£40-45K 2.23% 3.27% 68.28
£45-50K 1.55% 2.48% 62.57
£50-55K 1.09% 1.90% 57.49
£55-60K 0.78% 1.47% 52.97
£60-65K 0.56% 1.15% 48.95
£65-70K 0.41% 0.91% 45.35
£70-75K 0.30% 0.72% 42.12
£75-80K 0.23% 0.57% 39.22
£80-85K 0.17% 0.46% 36.60
£85-90K 0.13% 0.37% 34.24
£90-95K 0.10% 0.31% 32.09
£95-100K 0.08% 0.25% 30.14
£100K + 0.29% 1.34% 21.62

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

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

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (11.58%) Liberal Democrat (0.11%)
Conservative (-  8.68%)
Liberal Democrat (1.43%)
Conservative (-  1.92%) Labour (-  4.54%)
Con - 8.68%
Lab 11.58%
LD 0.11%
Con - 1.92%
Lab - 4.54%
LD 1.43%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
John Battle
Labour hold
Con Conservative (15.60%) 5,008 15.60%
Lab Labour (62.14%) 19,943 62.14%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.44%) 3,350 10.44%
Oth Other (11.82%) 3,793 11.82%
Maj Majority (46.54%) 14,935 46.54%
Turn Turnout (49.98%) 32,094 49.98%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
John Battle
Labour hold
L John Battle 19,943 62.14%
G David Blackburn 2,573 8.02%
LD Darren Finlay 3,350 10.44%
UK William Finley 758 2.36%
C Kris Hopkins 5,008 15.60%
Lib Noel Nowosielski 462 1.44%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
John Battle
Labour
Con Conservative (17.52%) 7,048 17.52%
Lab Labour (66.68%) 26,819 66.68%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.01%) 3,622 9.01%
Ref Referendum (3.01%) 1,210 3.01%
Oth Other (3.78%) 1,521 3.78%
Maj Majority (49.16%) 19,771 49.16%
Turn Turnout (62.88%) 40,220 62.88%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (26.20%) 12,482 26.20%
Lab Labour (55.10%) 26,310 55.10%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.90%) 4,252 8.90%
Oth Other (9.80%) 4,681 9.80%
Maj Majority (29.00%) 13,828 29.00%
Turn Turnout (70.41%) 47,725 70.41%

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