Middleton Park Ward


Elected: BURKE Sharon

Candidate Description Votes
ASQUITH Kay-Lee Anne Green Party 306
BENNETT Samantha Jane The Conservative Party Candidate 913
BURKE Sharon Labour Party 2,313
DIXON Wayne Alan Social Democratic Party 1,963
SPENCER James Michael Liberal Democrats 119
Electorate: 20,301
Turnout: 27.8%
Spoilt ballots: 39


Here is a list of all the candidates standing in Middleton Park ward for election to Leeds City Council on Thursday 6 May 2021.

We have contacted all the candidates to ask them about why they are standing and what their policies are. We will publish their answers as they send them in so keep checking back to compare answers and make your choice.

We also held an online hustings meeting. Scroll to the bottom of the page to watch the video.


Kay-Lee Anne ASQUITH

Green Party

(address in Leeds)

I’ve lived in Middleton Park ward for 12 years and in South Leeds all my life. I love it here but I’m also aware it could be much better. Having three children at local schools, I’m determined that they’re going to grow up in a clean, safe, happy environment in an area they’ll be proud to call ‘home’.

I’m passionate about working with local people, in June last year I became the LS10 co-ordinator for The Big Bike Fix Leeds, during the pandemic I started supporting local charities and distributing food parcels, I organised the big clean up at Hunslet Cemetery and you’ll often find me out on a community litter pick, I’ve been supporting local residents and businesses whilst working with local authorities to tackle the ever increasing litter and fly tipping issues.

That’s the great thing about Green politics; because we believe in sustainability and we want to work with people.

I haven’t got all the answers for what’s wrong with our society and community, but I do have bucket loads of energy, a deep commitment and a massive determination to get things done!


Samantha Jane BENNETT

The Conservative Party Candidate

(address in Leeds)


Sharon BURKE

Labour Party

93 Old Run Road, Leeds, LS10 3AZ

I’ve lived in Middleton and Belle Isle ALL my life.  I experience at first hand all the changes – good and bad – that we face. 

Based on that lived experience my priorities are to:

  • create a clean, green and safe environment
  • tackle crime and anti-social behaviour
  • address health and economic inequalities
  • obtain more affordable housing
  • improve our local bus services
  • ensure our young people have positive activities
  • secure more local school places
  • work with our fantastic local caring charities and community groups

Being a Councillor is about service, not ego. I’ve always worked with and for the community. I’m a trustee/trainer for a charity I set up to support people with mental health issues.  I spent many years providing workplace learning, helping local people into jobs and running local rugby teams.

I relish the prospect of working with Councillors Kim Groves and Paul Truswell: pooling our experience, knowledge and skills to get the best deal for our area, despite Government cuts.  Recovering from the local impact of three lockdowns requires a determined co-ordinated effort.

So I am humbly putting myself at your service.  Please vote for me to work for the area I am proud to call my lifelong home.


Wayne Alan Dixon

Social Democratic Party

39 Shelldrake Drive, Leeds, LS10 3NB

I’m passionate about Middleton & Belle Isle where I’ve lived all my life. I’m born and bred here, mainly living in Middleton with 9 years in Belle Isle. I know both areas issues really well and I’m dedicated to make both areas better for us all to live in.

I work with the NHS supporting people with mental illnesses into employment. I’ve spent 20 years of my life volunteering, trying to make a difference locally and I feel failed by the Labour party. Anti-social behaviour, littering, dog fouling, lack of council housing and more have been issues for generations. Labour have failed to deal with anything for decades – how long do they need? I suggest we try a new path, a party without party whips who decide how councillors will vote, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) allows councillors to vote as they like.

Labour claim they want to keep women safe, but they turn out our streetlights at night, they claim to want crime tackled, but cut funding for 37 PCSO’s in Leeds, they claim to want a better environment, but add charges at the tips and make it difficult to access. Blaming the Tories is easy and right, but they need to take some responsibility for poor spending.


James Michael SPENCER

Liberal Democrats

(address in Leeds)


In England, if a candidate has requested not to make their home address public, the relevant electoral area in which their home address (or country if their address is outside the UK) will be provided.  

We also held an online hustings meeting to which all candidates were invited. You can watch it here: