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 Pudsey
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Paul Truswell Labour 21,717 48.1 0.0
John Procter Conservative 16,091 35.6 -0.7
Stephen Boddy Liberal Democrat 6,423 14.2 +0.2
David Sewards UK Independence 944 2.1  
Majority 5,626 12.5
Turnout 45,175 63.3 -11.0
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.3% from Conservative to Labour

Description
Sandwiched neatly between the two largest cities in West Yorkshire, Leeds and Bradford, Pudsey provides a dormitory role for skilled commuters who use the seat as a launch pad for their daily journeys to work, making the area affluent and middle-class in nature. Tory candidate Peter Bone's 1997 loss to Labourís Paul Truswell, signalled an end to Conservative rule in this seat dating back to 1922.

Much of the housing in Pudsey is made up of rugged Pennine stone terraces, built prior to the First World War, which are scattered around functional semi-detached homes thrown up between the two world wars. Despite this somewhat misleading appearance, Pudsey remains an affluent and exclusive area, with hardly any non-white residents at all.

It boasts being the birthplace of cricketing heroes Sir Len Hutton, Brian Close and Ray Illingworth, as well as the fish and chip magnate Harry Ramsden.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Pudsey
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Paul Truswell Labour 25,370 48.1
Peter Bone Conservative 19,163 36.3
Jonathan Brown Liberal Democrat 7,375 14.0
David Crabtree Referendum 823 1.6
Majority 6,207 11.8
Turnout 52,731 74.3
 
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