The Leeds municipal elections were held on Thursday, 11 May 1950,[1] with one third of the seats to be elected.[2]

The election was sparsely contested owing to an electoral truce between Labour and the Conservatives in anticipation of the impending boundary changes to take effect the following year. However the Liberals and Communists fielded candidates in a number of wards - although the Liberals' two candidates was much reduced from recent showings, whilst conversely the Communists contesting of over a quarter of wards was well above their usual three. Eight wards in total were opposed, with the five Labour and three Conservative incumbents easily defending them, ensuring an uneventful result in contrast to the national picture.[1][2][3]

Election result

Leeds Local Election Result 1950
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 17 0 0 0 65.4 51.2 9,733 +8.4%
  Conservative 9 0 0 0 34.6 39.0 7,415 -13.5%
  Communist 0 0 0 0 0.0 5.1 980 +4.6%
  Liberal 0 0 0 0 0.0 4.7 892 +0.6%

The result had the following consequences for the total number of seats on the council after the elections:[3]

Party Previous council New council
Cllr Ald Cllr Ald
Labour 42 14 42 14
Conservatives 36 12 36 12
Total 78 26 78 26
104 104
Working majority   6    2    6    2 
  8    8 

Ward results

Armley & Wortley[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ms. Marlow 2,109 95.4 +31.5
Communist L. Burwin 102 4.6 +4.6
Majority 2,007 90.8 +63.0
Turnout 2,211
Labour hold Swing +13.4
Beeston[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative F. Gummersall Unopposed N/A N/A
Conservative hold Swing N/A
Blenheim[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative S. Webster 2,263 93.7 +33.0
Communist M. Roche 152 6.3 +6.3
Majority 2,111 87.4 +66.1
Turnout 2,415
Conservative hold Swing +13.3
Bramley[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Eric Atkinson Unopposed N/A N/A
Labour hold Swing N/A
Burmantofts[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour G. Murray Unopposed N/A N/A
Labour hold Swing N/A
Central[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour A. Lowcock Unopposed N/A N/A
Labour hold Swing N/A
Cross Gates & Temple Newsam[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative J. Brooksbanks Unopposed N/A N/A
Conservative hold Swing N/A
East Hunslet[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lizzie Naylor Unopposed N/A N/A
Labour hold Swing N/A
Far Headingley[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative G. Dovenor Unopposed N/A N/A
Conservative hold Swing N/A
Farnley & Wortley[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour K. Muir Unopposed N/A N/A
Labour hold Swing N/A
Harehills[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ms. Hill 1,753 94.3 +44.8
Communist P. Warburton 106 5.7 +5.7
Majority 1,647 88.6 +87.5
Turnout 1,859
Labour hold Swing +19.5
Holbeck North[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour F. Hirst Unopposed N/A N/A
Labour hold Swing N/A
Holbeck South[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour G. Bray Unopposed N/A N/A
Labour hold Swing N/A
Hunslet Carr & Middleton[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour S. Hand Unopposed N/A N/A
Labour hold Swing N/A
Hyde Park[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative H. McKay 2,859 86.8 +16.8
Liberal G. Foster 434 13.2 +4.0
Majority 2,425 73.6 +24.4
Turnout 3,293
Conservative hold Swing +6.4
Kirkstall[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour A. Happold 2,572 94.1 +50.6
Communist R. Huffingley 160 5.9 +3.5
Majority 2,412 88.3 +86.6
Turnout 2,732
Labour hold Swing +23.5
Mill Hill & South[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative T. Nipe Unopposed N/A N/A
Conservative hold Swing N/A
North[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Watson Unopposed N/A N/A
Conservative hold Swing N/A
Osmondthorpe[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour F. Potter Unopposed N/A N/A
Labour hold Swing N/A
Pottermewton[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative J. Mulley 2,293 88.5 +25.3
Communist B. Ramelson 297 11.5 +4.4
Majority 1,996 77.1 +43.5
Turnout 2,590
Conservative hold Swing +10.4
Richmond Hill[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Z. Fernandez Unopposed N/A N/A
Labour hold Swing N/A
Roundhay[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative H. Drake Unopposed N/A N/A
Conservative hold Swing N/A
Upper Armley[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour J. Hodgson Unopposed N/A N/A
Labour hold Swing N/A
West Hunslet[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour T. Ellison 1,833 77.2 +23.7
Liberal Victor Louis Raymond Delepine 458 19.3 +8.2
Communist J. Roche 84 3.5 -1.0
Majority 1,375 57.9 +35.3
Turnout 2,375
Labour hold Swing +7.7
Westfield[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Rafferty Unopposed N/A N/A
Labour hold Swing N/A
Woodhouse[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Henry Vick 1,466 94.9 +43.4
Communist B. Kline 79 5.1 +5.1
Majority 1,387 89.8 +86.9
Turnout 1,545
Labour hold Swing +19.1

References

  1. ^ a b "British Voting Swings Right". St. Petersburg Times. 12 May 1950. Retrieved 8 October 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab "Municipal results: Leeds". The Yorkshire Post. 12 May 1950.
  3. ^ a b Sharpe, L.J. (1967). Voting in cities: the 1964 borough elections.