Local Elections 7 May 2015
|Paul William Thomas Denner||UKIP||1017|
|Jonathan Mark Heap||Lib Dem||548|
|Meadow Bethany Hudson||Green Party||1755|
|John Anthony Illingworth||Labour||4957||elected|
|Dean Mehan||TU & Social.||133|
|Matthew Peter Wharton||Conservative||1184|
|Total votes cast||(62% turnout)||9594|
|Martin Hughes||Lib Dem||252|
|Stuart William Long||Independent||55|
|Ben John Elliott Mayor||TU & S v. Cuts||56|
|Morgan Rhys Tatchell-Evans||Green||724|
|Fiona Elizabeth Venner||Labour||2696||elected|
|Matthew Peter Wharton||Conservative||379|
|Total votes cast||(34% turnout)||5102|
There were no local elections in 2013.
|Simon Harris Fearn||AGS||136|
|Annabel Cleo Gooch||Conservative||398|
|Stuart William Long||Independent||173|
|Tom Mead||Lib Dem||293|
|Morgan Rhys Tatchell-Evans||Green||437|
|Lucinda Joy Yeadon||Labour||3006||elected|
|Total votes cast||(28% turnout)||4443|
Labour now holds 63 Council seats, Conservative 19, Lib Dem 10, Morley Independents 5 and Greens 2. Labour has a majority of 27 over all other parties. Only one third of the councillors are elected each year, so the total number of seats held by each party includes the results of earlier elections.
|John Anthony Illingworth||Labour||3643||elected|
|Chris Lovell||Lib Dem||636|
|Total votes cast||(35% turnout)||5634|
|Bernard Peter Atha||Labour||4012||elected|
|Christine Ruth Coleman||Lib Dem||3125|
|Matthew Peter Wharton||Conservative||1420|
|Total votes cast||(57.4% turnout)||9473||turnout boosted by Parliamentary election|
There were no local elections in 2009.
|Lucinda Joy Yeadon||Labour||1981||elected|
|Christine Ruth Coleman||Lib Dem||1844|
|Philip Richard Smith||Conservative||495|
|Total votes cast||(30% turnout)||5047|
|John Anthony Illingworth||Labour||2236||elected|
|Christine Ruth Coleman||Lib Dem||1743|
|Sandra Marie Cockayne||BNP||380|
|Martin Leslie Reed||Green||378|
|Jeremy Mark Kapp||Conservative||374|
|Total votes cast||(32% turnout)||5111||including 1493 postal votes|
|Bernard Peter Atha||Labour||2149||elected|
|Christine Ruth Coleman||Lib Dem||1546|
|Martin Leslie Reed||Green||537|
|Benjamin Robert Jackson||Conservative||489|
|Total votes cast||(29% turnout)||4721|
Leeds City Council has 33 wards and 99 councillors, with 3 councillors per ward. The councillors take turns to stand for election. Each year one third of the councillors retire and face re-election, and once elected they serve for four years. Once every four years there is a gap year with no elections. This was formerly used for the County Council elections, until the County Councils were abolished by Margaret Thatcher's government in 1985.
The various political parties all use slightly different systems, but the basic idea is similar. In Leeds, various Labour Party branches and affiliated organisations put forward the names of people they already consider suitable to stand as local election candidates, anywhere in Leeds. These individuals are interviewed by senior party officers to assess their overall suitability for public office and their knowledge of Labour Party rules, policies and procedures. Most of them are successful, and their names are added to a panel of potential candidates. When individual ward parties come to select their future candidate (usually in the autumn) they must chose somebody from the panel, but not necessarily from their own ward. There are additional rules which are designed to increase the proportion of female candidates, but these do not apply to existing councillors seeking re-election.
All political parties normally choose their candidates and election agents long before the official start of the election campaign. When the election is called, a proposer, seconder and ten "assentors" sign the candidate's nomination papers and deliver them to the returning officer. These papers are checked for authenticity, and the candidate receives a letter stating that their nomination has been accepted.
Spending by political parties is controlled by law during the period between the candidate's successful nomination and election day. The sums permitted are quite small in relation to the size of the electorate. In Kirkstall, with about 16,000 electors the limit is about £1400 per candidate, or about 8p per elector. This would not even buy sufficient postage stamps! We strongly support the limits on election expenses, but they do explain why election materials often seem cheaply produced, and why they are almost all delivered by volunteer helpers and supporters working in their own time.
After each election the returning officer produces a "marked register" showing who has voted. It does not say which way they voted, but it does record the fact that they cast their vote. Political parties often use this list to target their publicity materials towards these people, who are more likely to vote in the next election. None of the parties want to be exclusive, but such targeting is often the only way to keep inside the expenses limit.
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