The Leeds municipal election was held on 8 May 1969,[1] with one third of the councillors up for election. The Conservative incumbent in Armley had defected to Independent Conservative in the interim and hoped to defend it as such.[2]

In contrast to their performance nationally,[1] the Tories fell back upon their peak the previous year, with Labour managing to stabilise their support somewhat. The sole beneficiary (unlike last year, the Communists dropped back to their normal support) were the Liberals, who obtained their largest vote since 1963. In total three seats changed hands, with a spectacular gain in West Hunslet by the Liberals from the Conservatives, another loss of the latter's to Labour in Osmondthorpe, offset a little by a comfortable win back in Armley from their former incumbent.[2]

Election result

Leeds Local Election Result 1969
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 23 1 2 -1 76.7 58.7 62,949 -2.6%
  Labour 5 1 0 +1 16.7 27.9 29,872 -0.0%
  Liberal 2 1 0 +1 6.7 11.3 12,099 +6.8%
  Communist 0 0 0 0 0.0 1.7 1,879 -4.4%
  Ind. Conservative 0 0 1 -1 0.0 0.4 400 +0.4%

The result had the following consequences for the total number of seats on the Council after the elections:

Party Previous council New council
Cllr Ald Cllr Ald
Conservatives 74 25 73 25
Labour 12 5 13 5
Liberals 3 0 4 0
Independent Conservative 1 0 0 0
Total 90 30 90 30
120 120
Working majority  58   20   56   20 
 78   76 

Ward results

Armley[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative G. Mathers 1,743 38.5 -15.7
Liberal J. Saxton 1,318 29.1 +29.1
Labour J. Bissell 989 21.9 -15.0
Ind. Conservative G. Atkinson 400 8.8 +8.8
Communist P. Wilson 72 1.6 -7.3
Majority 425 9.4 -8.0
Turnout 4,522
Conservative hold Swing -22.4
Beeston[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative A. Hartley 2,547 61.1 -5.2
Labour J. Hodkinson 1,212 29.1 -1.0
Liberal L. Kent 408 9.8 +9.8
Majority 1,335 32.0 -4.3
Turnout 4,167
Conservative hold Swing -2.1
Bramley[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative A. Robinson 2,025 54.2 -3.0
Labour M. Chadwick 998 26.7 -8.5
Liberal A. Fleet 712 19.1 +19.1
Majority 1,027 27.5 +5.6
Turnout 3,735
Conservative hold Swing +2.7
Burley[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative D. Ramsden 1,852 66.2 +4.3
Labour S. Whelan 706 25.3 -6.7
Communist S. Walker 238 8.5 +2.4
Majority 1,146 41.0 +11.1
Turnout 2,796
Conservative hold Swing +5.5
Burmantofts[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Christine Thomas 1,956 49.8 +0.1
Labour Joyce Gould 1,843 47.0 +4.0
Communist F. Stockdale 126 3.2 -4.1
Majority 113 2.9 -3.9
Turnout 3,925
Conservative hold Swing -1.9
Castleton[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal C. Tucker 2,081 54.6 +9.1
Labour K. Cohen 1,051 27.6 +1.6
Conservative C. Johnson 624 16.4 -5.6
Communist J. Corscadden 52 1.4 -5.1
Majority 1,030 27.0 +7.4
Turnout 3,808
Liberal hold Swing +3.7
Chapel Allerton[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative R. Hunt 3,120 86.0 +0.8
Labour A. Baum 263 7.2 -3.9
Liberal Deryck Ernest Senior 246 6.8 +6.8
Majority 2,857 78.7 +4.7
Turnout 3,629
Conservative hold Swing +2.3
City[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Doreen Jenner 1,388 53.5 +4.7
Conservative J. Klineberg 1,113 42.9 -1.7
Communist T. Johnson 94 3.6 -3.0
Majority 275 10.6 +6.4
Turnout 2,595
Labour hold Swing +3.2
Cookridge[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative D. Jenkins 3,337 74.4 +0.8
Labour F. Davis 678 15.1 +5.2
Liberal J. Davies 471 10.5 -1.9
Majority 2,659 59.3 -1.9
Turnout 4,486
Conservative hold Swing -2.2
East Hunslet[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour W. Parker 1,416 57.7 -4.3
Conservative I. Holmes 558 22.8 -7.3
Liberal G. Beever 478 19.5 +19.5
Majority 858 35.0 +3.0
Turnout 2,452
Labour hold Swing +1.5
Gipton[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative M. Suttenstall 2,014 61.1 +5.7
Labour J. Gore 1,219 37.0 -1.1
Communist J. Bellamy 61 1.9 -4.6
Majority 795 24.1 +6.8
Turnout 3,294
Conservative hold Swing +3.4
Halton[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Martin Dodgson 4,659 85.9 +4.3
Labour E. Coward 587 10.8 -0.9
Communist S. Jones 180 3.3 -3.4
Majority 4,072 75.0 +5.2
Turnout 5,426
Conservative hold Swing +2.6
Harehills[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative A. Cummings 1,986 76.7 -3.1
Labour W. Spence 304 11.7 -1.5
Liberal D. Freethy 298 11.5 +11.5
Majority 1,682 65.0 -1.6
Turnout 2,588
Conservative hold Swing -0.8
Headingley[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative E. Clark 3,097 79.7 +8.0
Labour G. Wood 437 11.2 +0.5
Liberal M. Stevens 353 9.1 -3.5
Majority 2,660 68.4 +9.3
Turnout 3,887
Conservative hold Swing +3.7
Holbeck[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Bernard Atha 1,306 47.4 -7.6
Liberal R. Whitelock 830 30.1 +30.1
Conservative J. Bateman 622 22.6 -12.4
Majority 476 17.3 -2.7
Turnout 2,758
Labour hold Swing -18.8
Kirkstall[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative J. Horrocks 2,898 57.9 -3.6
Labour D. Matthews 1,639 32.7 -0.3
Liberal J. Grant 381 7.6 +7.6
Communist J. Sidebottom 88 1.8 -3.8
Majority 1,259 25.1 -3.3
Turnout 5,006
Conservative hold Swing -1.6
Middleton[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour A. Malcolm 1,606 54.0 -1.4
Liberal J. Crashaw 683 23.0 +23.0
Conservative B. Rawson 488 16.4 -17.1
Communist D. Priscott 197 6.6 -4.4
Majority 923 31.0 +9.1
Turnout 2,974
Labour hold Swing -12.2
Moortown[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative A. Redmond 2,740 74.1 -0.5
Liberal E. Nevies 545 14.7 +3.1
Labour C. Bloom 414 11.2 +1.2
Majority 2,195 59.3 -3.6
Turnout 3,699
Conservative hold Swing -1.8
Osmondthorpe[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour W. Prichard 1,812 49.8 +6.5
Conservative L. Horton 1,663 45.7 -0.5
Communist T. Kelly 163 4.5 -6.0
Majority 149 4.1 +1.2
Turnout 3,638
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +3.5
Richmond Hill[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative H. Levey 1,709 54.6 -0.6
Labour J. Mathers 1,188 38.0 +1.2
Liberal D. McAllister 133 4.2 +4.2
Communist P. Fawcett 100 3.2 -0.8
Majority 521 16.6 -1.8
Turnout 3,130
Conservative hold Swing -0.9
Roundhay[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative A. Johnson 3,316 91.3 +3.5
Labour Douglas Gabb 316 8.7 +1.5
Majority 3,000 82.6 +2.0
Turnout 3,632
Conservative hold Swing +1.0
Scott Hall[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative V. Darnton 1,429 75.5 +24.7
Labour R. Sedler 464 24.5 -8.3
Majority 965 51.0 +33.0
Turnout 1,893
Conservative hold Swing +16.5
Seacroft[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative E. McQuire 1,642 49.5 +2.9
Labour J. Moran 1,544 46.6 +2.3
Communist H. Besser 130 3.9 -5.3
Majority 98 3.0 +0.6
Turnout 3,316
Conservative hold Swing +0.3
Stanningley[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative I. Benton 1,991 51.8 +5.3
Labour Kevin Gould 1,689 44.0 +5.3
Communist F. Sidebottom 160 4.2 -0.4
Majority 302 7.9 +0.1
Turnout 3,840
Conservative hold Swing +0.0
Talbot[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative P. Brayshay 3,398 87.5 +0.4
Labour A. Vollans 12.5 487 +2.9
Majority 2,911 74.9 -2.5
Turnout 3,885
Conservative hold Swing -1.2
Weetwood[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative R. Rostron 3,789 81.3 +5.1
Liberal W. Beaumont 583 12.5 -2.5
Labour C. Collinge 287 6.2 +2.3
Majority 3,206 68.8 +7.5
Turnout 4,659
Conservative hold Swing +3.8
West Hunslet[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Dennis Pedder 2,104 54.8 +54.8
Conservative M. Waddington 1,038 27.0 -28.8
Labour A. Donohoe 698 18.2 -17.3
Majority 1,066 27.8 +7.4
Turnout 3,840
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +41.8
Whinmoor[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peggy White 1,329 49.5 +0.7
Labour L. Jackson 1,305 48.6 +4.1
Communist W. Rumbelow 49 1.8 -4.8
Majority 24 0.9 -3.4
Turnout 2,683
Conservative hold Swing -1.7
Woodhouse[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative P. Fingret 1,856 63.1 +0.7
Labour Eric Atkinson 916 31.1 +3.0
Communist L. Morris 169 5.7 -3.7
Majority 940 32.0 -2.2
Turnout 2,941
Conservative hold Swing -1.1
Wortley[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative F. Stubley 2,410 60.3 -3.7
Labour W. Thurlow 1,110 27.8 +6.1
Liberal Walter Holdsworth 475 11.9 +1.0
Majority 1,300 32.5 -9.9
Turnout 3,995
Conservative hold Swing -4.9

References

  1. ^ a b "British Laborites Again Set Back in Local Voting". The New York Times. 9 May 1969. Retrieved 19 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 ac ad ae af "Municipal results: Leeds". The Yorkshire Post. 9 May 1969.