Map of the results for the 1995 Leeds council election.
Map of the results for the 1995 Leeds council election.

The Leeds City Council elections were held on Thursday, 4 May 1995, with one third of the council up for election, alongside a vacancy in Roundhay.

Labour won another victory over the opposition parties, winning a record number of wards as the Labour gains extended further into Conservative heartland. A disastrous result for the Tories saw them fall even further from the record lows they set the year before, losing Cookridge, North and Roundhay for the first time - with Wetherby their sole defence. Labour gained eight in total, securing second councillors in the previously reliable Conservative wards of Aireborough, Halton, Pudsey North and Weetwood. As a result, Labour represented over three-quarters of the council with a formidable majority of 51.

Having overtaken the Conservative vote the previous year, the Lib Dems fell behind again, but unlike the Conservatives were able to defend their three seats. As such, the holding up of the Labour's vote from strong figure achieved the year before was enough to win them their greatest share, amidst a poor turnout of 32.5%.[1]

Elsewhere, the Greens firmed up their second place in Wortley and increased their slate to cover half of the wards, whilst the Liberals fielded one fewer to match the number of Independents - all three of which making little impact. The leftist splinters from Labour, Militant Labour, and the now-defunct CPGB, Communist Party of Britain also fielded a first candidate each.[2]

Election result

Leeds Local Election Result 1995
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 30 8 0 +8 88.2 59.0 103,585 +7.7%
  Liberal Democrats 3 0 0 0 8.8 18.4 32,340 -5.7%
  Conservative 1 0 8 -8 2.9 19.4 34,137 -2.6%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0.0 2.3 3,964 +0.4%
  Liberal 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.4 739 -0.3%
Militant Labour 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.2 368 +0.2%
  Independent 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.2 354 +0.2%
  Communist 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 57 +0.0%

This result has the following consequences for the total number of seats on the council after the elections:

Party Previous council New council
Labour 67 75
Conservative 23 15
Liberal Democrat 8 8
Independent 1 1
Total 99 99
Working majority  35   51 

Ward results

Aireborough[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour M. Dunn 3,939 50.5 +3.2
Conservative M. Atkinson 2,971 38.1 +8.7
Liberal Democrats D. Gowland 896 11.5 -11.9
Majority 968 12.4 -5.4
Turnout 7,806
Labour gain from Conservative Swing -2.7
Armley[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour P. Paley 3,085 70.3 +9.3
Conservative Glenn Broadbent 429 9.8 -1.9
Liberal George Lawson 426 9.7 -5.2
Liberal Democrats Andrew Davies 285 6.5 -5.9
Green Quentin Cooper 164 3.7 +3.7
Majority 2,656 60.5 +14.4
Turnout 4,389
Labour hold Swing +5.6
Barwick & Kippax[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour M. Monks 4,742 71.2 +7.0
Conservative Christopher Ward 1,267 19.0 -3.3
Liberal Democrats David Lindley 650 9.8 -3.7
Majority 3,475 52.2 +10.3
Turnout 6,659
Labour hold Swing +5.1
Beeston[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour P. Bellwood 2,654 77.1 +7.0
Conservative H. Woodhead 412 12.0 -3.7
Liberal Democrats Stephen Sadler 328 9.5 -4.7
Green Tania Jackson 50 1.5 +1.5
Majority 2,242 65.1 +10.7
Turnout 3,444
Labour hold Swing +5.3
Bramley[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour A. Ross 3,335 79.1 +6.7
Conservative R. Netzel 340 8.1 -1.3
Liberal Democrats Nigel Amor 306 7.3 -4.9
Liberal Elizabeth Bee 234 5.6 -0.6
Majority 2,995 71.1 +10.8
Turnout 4,215
Labour hold Swing +4.0
Burmantofts[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Patrick Hennigan 2,878 64.9 +10.1
Liberal Democrats Alan Kimber 1,392 31.4 -10.5
Conservative Graham Castle 164 3.7 +0.4
Majority 1,486 33.5 +20.6
Turnout 4,434
Labour hold Swing +10.3
Chapel Allerton[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Norma Hutchinson 3,500 73.6 +7.6
Conservative I. Baxter 621 13.1 -2.6
Liberal Democrats Ian Findlay 430 9.0 -2.9
Green C. Ni Bhean 147 3.1 -3.3
Communist S. Nolan 57 1.2 +1.2
Majority 2,879 60.5 +10.2
Turnout 4,755
Labour hold Swing +5.1
City & Holbeck[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour I. Coulthard 2,735 77.0 +2.8
Liberal Democrats Pauline Bardon 363 10.2 +2.3
Conservative David Boynton 254 7.1 -1.9
Green D. Blakemore 201 5.7 +1.4
Majority 2,372 66.8 +1.6
Turnout 3,553
Labour hold Swing +0.2
Cookridge[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour A. Procter 2,551 40.8 +11.1
Conservative A. Wheatley 2,484 39.7 -1.3
Liberal Democrats David Pratt 1,218 19.5 -9.7
Majority 67 1.1 -10.2
Turnout 6,253
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +6.2
Garforth & Swillington[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour S. Haines 5,056 72.9 +7.2
Liberal Democrats Ian Dowling 984 14.2 -1.8
Conservative Jack Stott 895 12.9 -5.4
Majority 4,072 58.7 +11.3
Turnout 6,935
Labour hold Swing +4.5
Halton[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour D. McGee 3,734 57.8 +7.5
Conservative William Hyde 1,995 30.9 -2.4
Liberal Democrats Andrew Appleyard 568 8.8 -7.6
Green David Harbud 162 2.5 +2.5
Majority 1,739 26.9 +9.8
Turnout 6,459
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +4.9
Harehills[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour J. Clare 3,070 81.0 +13.1
Conservative T. Gerrard 293 7.7 -4.3
Liberal Democrats R. Senior 286 7.5 -7.9
Green M. Elliot 140 3.7 -0.9
Majority 2,777 73.3 +20.8
Turnout 3,789
Labour hold Swing +8.7
Headingley[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour P. Moxon 3,071 68.8 +9.1
Liberal Democrats B. Thompson 621 13.9 -6.6
Conservative A. Hainsworth 464 10.4 -2.0
Green P. Alexander 306 6.9 -0.6
Majority 2,450 54.9 +15.7
Turnout 4,462
Labour hold Swing +7.8
Horsforth[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats B. Cleasby 2,794 43.6 -11.6
Labour R. Haggerty 1,977 30.9 +12.2
Conservative R. Whitehead 1,558 24.3 -1.8
Independent A. Gale 79 1.2 +1.2
Majority 817 12.7 -16.4
Turnout 6,408
Liberal Democrats hold Swing -11.9
Hunslet[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour J. Erskine 2,708 85.7 +4.0
Liberal Democrats G. Melnick 191 6.0 -3.7
Conservative J. Eastwood 170 5.4 -3.2
Green G. Duncan 91 2.9 +2.9
Majority 2,517 79.7 +7.8
Turnout 3,160
Labour hold Swing +3.8
Kirkstall[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour J. Illingworth 3,400 77.3 +7.8
Green A. Mander 416 9.5 +9.5
Liberal Democrats D. Freeman 256 5.8 -6.6
Conservative F. McKimmings 248 5.6 -2.0
Liberal N. Nowosielski 79 1.8 +1.8
Majority 2,984 67.8 +10.7
Turnout 4,399
Labour hold Swing -0.8
Middleton[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour R. Finnigan 3,162 83.3 +5.7
Conservative S. McBarron 302 8.0 -2.4
Liberal Democrats Q. Brown 227 6.0 -6.1
Green A. Blackburn 107 2.8 +2.8
Majority 2,860 75.3 +9.8
Turnout 3,798
Labour hold Swing +4.0
Moortown[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats C. Brett 2,932 49.6 -8.2
Labour M. Hughes 1,871 31.6 +10.7
Conservative J. Dagwell 989 16.7 -4.6
Independent H. Alexander 123 2.1 +2.1
Majority 1,061 17.9 -18.6
Turnout 5,915
Liberal Democrats hold Swing -9.4
Morley North[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour P. Jones 3,782 66.4 +9.0
Conservative J. Galek 1,142 20.0 -8.4
Liberal Democrats M. Betteridge 509 8.9 -5.2
Green T. Sykes 264 4.6 +4.6
Majority 2,640 46.3 +17.4
Turnout 5,697
Labour hold Swing +8.7
Morley South[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour R. Mitchell 3,509 63.4 +5.4
Liberal Democrats T. Leadley 1,283 23.2 -4.5
Conservative A. Grayson 741 13.4 -0.9
Majority 2,226 40.2 +9.9
Turnout 5,533
Labour hold Swing +4.9
North[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour J. Sully 2,047 35.2 +8.2
Conservative R. Feldman 1,956 33.6 -5.2
Liberal Democrats S. Umpleby 1,721 29.6 -2.4
Green P. Harris 90 1.5 -0.6
Majority 91 1.6 -5.2
Turnout 5,814
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +6.7
Otley & Wharfedale[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats G. Kirkland 3,295 40.8 +1.6
Labour J. Eveleigh 2,753 34.1 +6.1
Conservative J. Bird 2,022 25.1 -6.4
Majority 542 6.7 -1.1
Turnout 8,070
Liberal Democrats hold Swing -2.2
Pudsey North[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour T. Spamer 3,601 51.3 +8.6
Conservative I. Favell 2,391 34.1 +3.4
Liberal Democrats R. Cam 1,029 14.7 -12.0
Majority 1,210 17.2 +5.1
Turnout 7,021
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +2.6
Pudsey South[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour J. Jarosz 3,397 56.5 +9.8
Liberal Democrats R. Keighley 1,821 30.3 -9.7
Conservative G. Winnard 797 13.3 -0.1
Majority 1,576 26.2 +19.5
Turnout 6,015
Labour hold Swing +9.7
Richmond Hill[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour M. Simmons 3,095 84.7 +6.9
Liberal Democrats K. Norman 385 10.5 -3.9
Conservative W. Birch 176 4.8 -3.0
Majority 2,710 74.1 +10.8
Turnout 3,656
Labour hold Swing +5.4
Rothwell[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour B. Walker 3,481 72.8 +7.8
Liberal Democrats M. Galdas 780 16.3 -3.0
Conservative R. Heeson 521 10.9 -4.9
Majority 2,701 56.5 +10.8
Turnout 4,782
Labour hold Swing +5.4
Roundhay[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour D. Lewis 2,839 43.8 +12.1
Labour J. White 2,765
Conservative M. Burnell 2,186 33.7 -5.3
Conservative J. Suttenstall 2,148
Liberal Democrats J. Sefton 1,193 18.4 -8.1
Liberal Democrats W. Pickard 1,057
Green A. Ketchin 260 4.0 +1.3
Majority 653 10.1 +2.8
Turnout 6,478
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +8.7
Seacroft[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour D. Gabb 3,298 85.4 +1.8
Liberal Democrats S. Fisher 299 7.7 -1.4
Conservative R. Jones 266 6.9 -0.4
Majority 2,999 77.6 +3.1
Turnout 3,863
Labour hold Swing +1.6
University[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour G. Harper 2,522 69.8 +6.2
Militant Labour C. Hill 368 10.2 +10.2
Liberal Democrats A. Norman 279 7.7 -6.4
Conservative R. Winfield 241 6.7 -2.5
Green A. Begg 205 5.7 -7.5
Majority 2,154 63.5 +14.1
Turnout 3,615
Labour hold Swing -2.0
Weetwood[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour G. Platt 2,837 42.8 +2.4
Liberal Democrats J. Ewens 2,500 37.7 +3.0
Conservative D. Boulton 1,134 17.1 -7.7
Green C. Nash 153 2.3 +2.3
Majority 337 5.1 -0.5
Turnout 6,624
Labour gain from Conservative Swing -0.3
Wetherby[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative D. Hudson 3,518 46.4 -3.8
Labour R. Steel 2,407 31.7 +11.3
Liberal Democrats P. Boughton 1,662 21.9 -7.5
Majority 1,111 14.6 -6.2
Turnout 7,587
Conservative hold Swing -7.5
Whinmoor[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour E. Pickard 3,149 71.0 +7.2
Conservative W. Hanbury 728 16.4 -5.0
Liberal Democrats G. Roberts 405 9.1 -5.6
Independent A. Thorpe 152 3.4 +3.4
Majority 2,421 54.6 +12.2
Turnout 4,434
Labour hold Swing +6.1
Wortley[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour F. Hamilton 3,400 61.6 +4.1
Green D. Blackburn 1,208 21.9 +2.1
Conservative M. Best 462 8.4 -3.2
Liberal Democrats D. Brayshaw 452 8.2 -3.0
Majority 2,192 39.7 +2.0
Turnout 5,522
Labour hold Swing +1.0

By-elections between 1995 and 1996

Richmond Hill by-election 26 October 1995[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Michael Lyons 1,792 84.2 -0.5
Liberal Democrats 233 10.9 +0.4
Conservative 103 4.8 +0.0
Majority 1,559 73.3 -0.8
Turnout 2,128 15.0 -10.8
Labour hold Swing -0.4

References

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  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 ag ah "District results: Leeds". The Yorkshire Post. 5 May 1995.
  3. ^ "Local Authority Byelection Results". gwydir.demon.co.uk. Archived from the original on 29 March 2010. Retrieved 13 December 2012.