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John Illingworth elected as a councillor for Kirkstall Ward

Kirkstall Local Election Result 7 May 2015

candidatepartyvotes 
Paul William Thomas DennerUKIP1017  
Jonathan Mark HeapLib Dem548  
Meadow Bethany HudsonGreen Party1755  
John Anthony IllingworthLabour4957   elected
Dean MehanTU & Social.133  
Matthew Peter WhartonConservative1184  

 
Total votes cast(62% turnout)9594  

Kirkstall Local Election Result 22 May 2014

candidatepartyvotes 
Martin HughesLib Dem252  
Stuart William LongIndependent55  
Ben John Elliott MayorTU & S v. Cuts56  
Kevin ReidUKIP907  
Morgan Rhys Tatchell-EvansGreen724  
Fiona Elizabeth VennerLabour2696   elected
Matthew Peter WhartonConservative379  

 
Total votes cast(34% turnout)5102  


There were no local elections in 2013.


Kirkstall Local Election Result 3 May 2012

candidatepartyvotes
Simon Harris FearnAGS136  
Annabel Cleo GoochConservative398  
Stuart William LongIndependent173  
Tom MeadLib Dem293  
Morgan Rhys Tatchell-EvansGreen437  
Lucinda Joy YeadonLabour3006   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.

Kirkstall Local Election Result 5 May 2011

candidatepartyvotes
John Anthony IllingworthLabour3643   elected
Stuart LongIndependent157 
Chris LovellLib Dem636 
Morgan Tatchell-EvansGreen527 
Daniel WhitehouseConservative680 

 
Total votes cast(35% turnout)5634  


Kirkstall Local Election Result 6 May 2010

candidatepartyvotes
Bernard Peter AthaLabour4012   elected
Christine Ruth ColemanLib Dem3125 
Keven NicholsonBNP447 
Morgan Tatchell-EvansGreen469 
Matthew Peter WhartonConservative1420 

 
Total votes cast(57.4% turnout)9473   turnout boosted by Parliamentary election


There were no local elections in 2009.


Kirkstall Local Election Result 1 May 2008

candidatepartyvotes
Lucinda Joy YeadonLabour1981   elected
Christine Ruth ColemanLib Dem1844 
Philip Richard SmithConservative495 
Tony ThackwrayBNP376 
Anne-Marie HillGreen337 

 
Total votes cast(30% turnout)5047  


Kirkstall Local Election Result 3 May 2007

candidatepartyvotes
John Anthony IllingworthLabour2236   elected
Christine Ruth ColemanLib Dem1743 
Sandra Marie CockayneBNP380 
Martin Leslie ReedGreen378 
Jeremy Mark KappConservative374 

 
Total votes cast(32% turnout)5111   including 1493 postal votes


Kirkstall Local Election Result 4 May 2006

candidatepartyvotes
Bernard Peter AthaLabour2149   elected
Christine Ruth ColemanLib Dem1546 
Martin Leslie ReedGreen537 
Benjamin Robert JacksonConservative489 

 
Total votes cast(29% turnout)4721 


How are local council elections run?

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.

How are local election candidates selected?

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.

Election expenses

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.

Marked register

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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