Oh look, Labour are targeting Leeds North West for the next General Election. They must be dominating in the area right now, right?
Well, not really. Leeds has Local Elections
every year most years. Leeds North West consists of four Leeds City Council wards - in 2011 and 2012, two elected a Liberal Democrat councillor, one a Conservative councillor and one a Labour councillor. In both 2011 and 2012 the Liberal Democrats won the most votes in the four wards overall. In 2012, the four wards comprising the constituency voted like this:
Of course, people don’t always vote in Local Elections like they do in General Elections, and some people will stay at home for Local Elections but vote in a General Election, and there are a lot of students in Leeds that won’t be there in 2015, but I think it’s clear that Labour are going to have to do a whole lot of work if they’re hoping to unseat Greg Mulholland.