Film ID: YFA 853 Video of YFA_853 Events in Leeds - General Election 1929 EVENTS IN LEEDS - GENERAL ELECTION 1929 1929 Visitor TabsDescription This film is from the Leeds City Libraries collection and captures events from the 1929 Leeds general election. There are many shots of the various candidates and the winner, as well as footage of the town centre and a small plane flying over the countryside. Title-City of Leeds Civic Events 1929 Cinematographer-J. Milner. Title-General Election May 30th 1929. Title-Central division declaration of poll on the town hall steps. The film opens with a lingering shot of men and women, candidates and supporters standing on the steps of the town hall waving and swinging handkerchiefs in the air. There are a few policemen also stand on the steps keeping an eye on the events. Title-The result the victor-Hon R. D. Denman Carried shoulder high. A banner with the election results is hanging from the door of the town hall. The next shot shows Hon. R. D. Denman being carried through the streets on shoulders. Crowds of men follow him as he is brought through the town. Title-Outside the Trades Hall. Hon Denaman is put down and continues to walk towards the Trades Hall. There are shots of groups of men, women and children walking past the camera and smiling. Title-Sherburn Aerodrome-July 6th 1929. Title-The Lady Mayoress (Mrs D.B. Foster) Deputy Lady Mayoress (Mrs J. Milner) and family Title-The city Engineer and Coun. Brotherton take a flight with Sir Alan Cobham. A small `G-A AEV' plane is driving along a grass airfield and several men run after it. Once the plane stops they gather around it. The camera captures the passengers filing onto the plane and then it taking off. There are point of view shots taken from the plane looking down over the countryside. Title-A Safe Return!! Some men and women are waiting in the grass as the plane comes in to land. The pilot helps the women and children down the steps of the plane and they talk to each other and smile at the camera. Additional Information: Richard Douglass Denman (1876-1957), who was elected as the Labour MP for the Central Leeds Division aged 52, was the former Liberal MP for Carlisle from 1910-1918. Like many Liberal MPs, he left the Liberals for Labour during the 1920s. In 1931 he supported Ramsey MacDonald's decision to form a National Government and joined the National Labour Party. He continued to represent Central Leeds as National Labour MP from 1931 until 1945. Context Enthusiasm abounds as Labour win an historic election with former Liberal Richard Denman being carried aloft through the streets of Leeds. The historic "Flapper Election" of 1929 sees women over the age of 21 allowed to vote for the first time, and for the first time Labour win most seats. In Leeds the results are declared on the Town Hall steps as Labour win 4 out of the 6 seats, and Liberal defector Richard Denman is carried on the shoulders of his supporters in celebration. Five weeks later, and the famous aviation pioneer Sir Alan Cobham takes the Mayor and Mayoress of Leeds up for a spin in his airplane. The May 1929 general election came before the famous Stock Market Crash of October, but already unemployment was high. In a foretaste of current times, the Liberals formed a coalition with Labour. Most of the Labour Party opposed the spending, benefits and wage cuts that were being spurred on by threats from investors. Labour Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald favoured austerity and he and 12 supporters, including Denman, were expelled from the Party. These then formed a National Government after the October election in 1931, with Denman, having broken with his local party, regaining his seat as a National Labour member with Tory support. He won again in 1935 and was made a Baronet upon his retirement in 1945.