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Leeds South was a parliamentary constituency in the city of Leeds, West Yorkshire, which returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1885 until it was abolished for the 1983 general election. It was then largely replaced by the new Morley and Leeds South constituency.

It was the seat of the former Leader of the Opposition, the late Hugh Gaitskell, and the former Home Secretary Merlyn Rees.

History

The constituency was created in 1885 by the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885, and was first used in the general election of that year. Leeds had previously been represented by two MPs (1832-1868) and three MPs (1868-1885). From 1885 it was represented by five single-member constituencies: Leeds Central, Leeds East, Leeds North, Leeds South and Leeds West. The constituencies of Morley, Otley and Pudsey were also created in 1885.

The constituency was abolished for the 1983 general election. It was then largely replaced by the new Morley and Leeds South constituency. After the 1983 general election Leeds was represented by the constituencies of Leeds Central, Leeds East, Leeds North East, Leeds North West, Leeds West and Morley and Leeds South. There were also constituencies of Elmet (created 1983) and Pudsey.

Members of Parliament

Election Member Party
1885 Sir Lyon Playfair Liberal
1892 Sir John Lawson Walton Liberal
1908 by-election Sir William Middlebrook Coalition Liberal
1922 Henry Charleton Labour
1931 Noel Whiteside Conservative
1935 Henry Charleton Labour
1945 Rt Hon Hugh Gaitskell Labour
1963 by-election Merlyn Rees Labour
1983 constituency abolished

References

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Bristol South East
Constituency represented by the Chancellor of the Exchequer
1950 – 1951
Succeeded by
Saffron Walden
Preceded by
Lewisham South
Constituency represented by the Leader of the Opposition
1955 – 1963
Succeeded by
Belper
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