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Leeds West Yorkshire
Full nameLeeds
Official nameCity of Leeds
Settlement typeCity and Metropolitan Borough
Motto"Pro rege et lege" "For king and the law"
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionYorkshire and the Humber
Ceremonial countyWest Yorkshire
Admin HQLeeds city centre
Borough Charter1207
Town Charter1626
City status1893
City of Leeds Met. District created1974
TypeMetropolitan borough, City
Governing bodyLeeds City Council
Lord MayorCllr James McKenna (L)
Leader of the CouncilCllr Keith Wakefield (L)
Chief ExecutiveTom Riordan
MPs:Stuart Andrew (C)
Ed Balls (L)
Hilary Benn (L)
Fabian Hamilton (L)
George Mudie (L)
Greg Mulholland (LD)
Rachel Reeves (L)
Alec Shelbrooke (C)
Total Area213 sq mi (551.7 km2)
Elevation33 1115 ft (10.1 m)
Total Population  (Ranked  ) ( )
Density (pop.)1379.6/km2 (3574/sq mi)
(2001 census)
89.1% White
5.4% Asian or Asian British
2.0% Black or Black British
1.7% Mixed Race
1.8% Chinese and other
Other information
Time zoneGreenwich Mean Time (UTC+0)
- Summer (DST)British Summer Time (UTC+1)
PostcodeLS,part of WF and also part of BD.
Area code0113 (urban core)
01924 (Wakefield nos)
01937 (Wetherby/ Boston Spa)
01943 (Guiseley/ Otley)
01977 (Pontefract nos)
ISO 3166-2GB-LDS
ONS code00DA
OS grid reference 
Euro. Parlt. Const.Yorkshire & the Humber

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Leeds ( ) is a city and metropolitan borough in West Yorkshire, England. In 2001 Leeds' main urban subdivision had a population of 443,247, while the entire city had a population of 787,700 (2009 est.) making it the 30th-most populous city in the European Union.

Leeds is the cultural, financial and commercial heart of the West Yorkshire Urban Area, which at the 2001 census had a population of 1.5 million, and the Leeds city region, an economic area with Leeds at its core, had a population of 2.9 million. Leeds is the UK's largest centre for business, legal, and financial services outside London, and its office market is the best in Europe for value.

Historically a part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, Leeds can trace its recorded history to the 5th century when the Kingdom of Elmet was covered by the forest of "Loidis", the origin of the name Leeds. The name has been applied to many administrative entities over the centuries. It changed from being the appellation of a small manorial borough, in the 13th century, through several incarnations, to being the name attached to the present metropolitan borough. In the 17th and 18th centuries Leeds became a major centre for the production and trading of wool. Then, during the Industrial Revolution, Leeds developed into a major industrial centre; wool was still the dominant industry but flax, engineering, iron foundries, printing, and other industries were important. From being a compact market town in the valley of the River Aire in the 16th century Leeds expanded and absorbed the surrounding villages to become a populous urban centre by the mid-20th century.

Public transport, rail and road communications networks in the region are focused on Leeds and there are a number of twinning arrangements with towns and cities in other countries. Its assigned role in the Leeds City Region partnership recognises the city's importance to regional economic development.

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