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 Elmet
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Colin Burgon Labour 22,038 48.0 -4.4
Andrew Millard Conservative 17,867 38.9 +2.7
Madeleine Kirk Liberal Democrat 5,001 10.9 +2.2
Andrew Spence UK Independence 1,031 2.2  
Majority 4,171 9.1
Turnout 45,937 65.6 -11.2
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 3.6% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Elmet was formed as an entirely new constituency in 1983. The constituency takes its name from the capital of the last Celtic kingdom in England, the town of Barwick-in-Elmet, which is within the constituency.

Elmet has been a marginal seat since its creation, as it covers a large and diverse area from Leeds to the countryside, comprised of small towns and rural villages that hold a broad base of industries and a large commuter population.

About 60% of workers residing in the seat are non-manual, and 72% of homes are owner-occupied - factors that once guaranteed Tory support, but not anymore. The Conservativesí one remaining stronghold in Elmet is also its largest centre of population, the famous racing town of Wetherby, ten miles north east of Leeds.

Wetherby has always stuck with the Tories, even through disastrous local elections for the party such as 1995, but the constituency's other five wards, Barwick and Kippax, Garforth, Swillington and Whinmoor, all strongly or marginal Labour wards, threw their collective weight behind Labour's Colin Burgon in May 1997, who went on to win comfortably at his third attempt, with a majority of well over 9,000 at his third attempt.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Elmet
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Colin Burgon Labour 28,348 52.4
Spencer Batiste Conservative 19,569 36.2
Brian Jennings Liberal Democrat 4,691 8.7
Chris Zawadski Referendum 1,487 2.7
Majority 8,779 16.2
Turnout 54,095 76.8
 
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