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In Leeds, redistricting, West Yorkshire, Yorks/Humber on October 13, 2011 by dadge

In Leeds, as in Birmingham, I advocate “doing an Edinburgh” and splitting wards in order to fit the seats into the city. Once you let yourself do this you can create whatever seats you like, within reason. I say “within reason” because I think wards are still important building blocks and we should use them whenever we can.

Leeds should get 7 whole seats in the current Review, not 3 whole seats and 5 bits of seats like the Commission is proposing. Leeds’ wards are problematic: 33 divided by 7 doesn’t go, and since they average 17,000 electors each, 17,000×4=68,000 and 17,000×5=85,000, so you can see the difficulty.

In the east of the city the ward average is on the low side, so we can build two seats of 5 wards each: either NE and SE, as the Commission have done, or East and Elmet & Rothwell, which would almost be identical to the current seats.

Now I don’t know Leeds very well, but the other 5 seats would seem logically to be: (1) North, (2) Otley, Guiseley, Yeadon and Horsforth, (3) Pudsey-side, (4) Morley-side and (5) Central.

My rough plan has the following split wards:

– Weetwood, where the Horsforth part goes into LNW (or “Aireborough” as I’ve fancifully termed it in the table below) and the Far Headingley side goes into LN

– Armley, which is in Leeds Central, except for Upper Armley in LWP

– Beeston & Holbeck: Beeston in LSM, Holbeck in LC.

It’s not rocket science, is it.

AIREBOROUGH 77,238
Guiseley and Rawdon 17,491
Horsforth 17,487
Otley and Yeadon 17,477
Adel and Wharfedale 15,863
Weetwood 16,920
less Weetwood South -8,000
   
LEEDS NORTH EAST (& WETHERBY) 78,867
Cross Gates and Whinmoor 17,210
Gipton and Harehills 14,935
Harewood 14,786
Killingbeck and Seacroft 16,527
Wetherby 15,409
   
LEEDS NORTH   76,269
Alwoodley 17,471
Moortown 17,105
Roundhay 17,032
Chapel Allerton 16,661
plus Weetwood South 8,000
   
LEEDS CENTRAL 78,521
City and Hunslet 19,030
Headingley 14,787
Hyde Park and Woodhouse 14,949
Kirkstall 15,778
Armley 16,977
plus Holbeck  6000
minus Upper Armley -9000
   
LEEDS SOUTH EAST (& ROTHWELL) 78,369
Burmantofts and Richmond Hill 14,500
Garforth and Swillington 15,945
Kippax and Methley 16,283
Rothwell 15,571
Temple Newsam 16,070
   
LEEDS SOUTH (& MORLEY) 77,847
Beeston and Holbeck 14,562
Morley North 17,855
Morley South 16,515
Middleton Park 17,871
Ardsley and Robin Hood 17,044
minus Holbeck -6000
   
LEEDS WEST (& PUDSEY) 78,227
Farnley and Wortley 17,961
Bramley and Stanningley 16,506
Calverley and Farsley 17,515
Pudsey 17,245
plus Upper Armley 9,000

If you’d prefer them, the electorates for the Leeds East and Elmet & Rothwell seats would be 79,242 and 77,994 respectively.

Email your thoughts to the Commission at yorkshumber@bcommengland.x.gsi.gov.uk

Leeds 1954

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