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 Leeds North East
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Fabian Hamilton Labour 19,540 49.1 -0.1
Owain Rhys Conservative 12,451 31.3 -2.6
Jonathan Brown Liberal Democrat 6,325 15.9 +2.0
Celia Foote Left Alliance 770 1.9  
Jeffrey Miles UK Independence 382 1.0  
Colin Muir Socialist Labour 173 0.4 -0.6
Mohammed Zaman Independent 132 0.3  
Majority 7,089 17.8
Turnout 39,773 62.0 -9.8
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.3% from Conservative to Labour

Description
Leeds North East was one of nine West Yorkshire constituencies to swing away from the Tories in 1997, giving Labour a clean sweep of all 23 seats in the county. Some would argue that the writing had been on the wall for the Conservatives for years; the party had seen its majority eroded in Leeds North East, from the time it was a Conservative stronghold represented for 31 years by Mrs Thatcher’s guru and colleague Sir Keith Joseph.

The gradual erosion that culminated in 1997 with Fabian Hamilton's near 7,000 majority and a 12% swing to Labour away from the sitting Tory MP Tim Kirkhope can be linked to an equally gradual change in the constituency's social make-up. Once considered the city's best residential area, many of the housing estates closest to the centre have been transformed into Homes of Multiple Occupancy, (HMOs), many of them occupied by students from the city’s university, much to the annoyance of local home owners.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Leeds North East
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Fabian Hamilton Labour 22,368 49.2
Timothy Kirkhope Conservative 15,409 33.9
Bill Winlow Liberal Democrat 6,318 13.9
Ian Rose Referendum 946 2.1
Jan Egan Socialist Labour 468 1.0
Majority 6,959 15.3
Turnout 45,509 71.8
 
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