Finchley and Golders Green (UK Parliament constituency)

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Finchley and Golders Green
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Finchley and Golders Green in Greater London.
County Greater London
Electorate 71,595 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1997
Member of Parliament Mike Freer (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Finchley, Hendon South
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency London

Finchley and Golders Green is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament. Since 2010, its MP has been Mike Freer, a Conservative.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency covers Finchley, Golders Green, Childs Hill and Hampstead Garden Suburb in the London Borough of Barnet. It was created in 1997 when the old constituency of Finchley absorbed most of the old constituency of Hendon South and lost some of its wards to the Chipping Barnet seat which covers Barnet; specifically this saw the removal of Friern Barnet and addition of Golders Green, Childs Hill and Hampstead Garden Suburb.

The seat has electoral wards:

  • Childs Hill, East Finchley, Finchley Church End, Garden Suburb, Golders Green, West Finchley and Woodhouse in the London Borough of Barnet.

2007 Boundary review[edit]

Following their review of parliamentary representation, and as a consequence of changes to ward boundaries, the Boundary Commission for England recommended in their boundary report published in 2007 that parts of Golders Green ward and Finchley Church End ward be transferred to Finchley and Golders Green from the constituency of Hendon; that part of Woodhouse ward be transferred from Chipping Barnet; and that parts of Mill Hill ward and Coppetts ward be transferred to Hendon and Chipping Barnet respectively. These changes took effect at the 2010 general election.

History[edit]

Most of the constituency's territory was previously in the old constituency of Finchley represented by former Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher between 1959 and her retirement from the House of Commons in 1992; although boundary changes meant that she never again attained her large majority of 1959, and was re-elected by a 10 point margin in 1974, she was nonetheless returned by comfortable (9,000) majorities at General Elections throughout her premiership. Since the 1992 nominal result, the seat has been a national bellwether.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Event Member[2] Party
1997 Dr Rudi Vis Labour
2010 Mike Freer Conservative

According to Rallings and Thrasher, the boundary changes which came into force for the general election of 2010 meant that this seat notionally already had a Conservative majority, albeit a very small one.[3]

Elections[edit]

General Election 2015: Finchley and Golders Green
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mike Freer[4]
Labour Sarah Sackman[5]
Green Adele Ward
UKIP Richard King

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Finchley and Golders Green[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mike Freer 21,688 46.0 +6.2
Labour Alison Moore 15,879 33.7 −5.4
Liberal Democrat Laura Edge 8,036 17.0 −0.1
UKIP Susan Cummins 817 1.7 +0.6
Green Donald Lyven 737 1.6 −1.0
Majority 5,809 12.3
Turnout 47,157 61.1 −1.7
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +5.8

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Finchley and Golders Green
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Rudi Vis 17,487 40.5 −5.8
Conservative Andrew Mennear 16,746 38.8 +1.0
Liberal Democrat Sue Garden 7,282 16.9 +4.8
Green Noel Lynch 1,136 2.6 −0.6
UKIP Jeremy Jacobs 453 1.0 +0.2
Rainbow Dream Ticket Rainbow George Weiss 110 0.3 N/A
Majority 741 1.7
Turnout 43,214 61.9 +4.6
Labour hold Swing −3.4
General Election 2001: Finchley and Golders Green
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Rudi Vis 20,205 46.3 +0.2
Conservative John Marshall 16,489 37.8 −2.0
Liberal Democrat Sarah Teather 5,266 12.1 +0.8
Green Miranda Dunn 1,385 3.2 +2.0
UKIP John de Roeck 330 0.8 +0.3
Majority 3,716 8.5
Turnout 43,675 57.3 −12.2
Labour hold Swing +1.05

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Finchley and Golders Green
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Rudi Vis 23,180 46.1 +14.0
Conservative John Marshall 19,991 39.7 −13.5
Liberal Democrat Jonathan M. Davies 5,670 11.3 −1.2
Referendum Party Gary D. Shaw 684 1.4 N/A
Green Ashley Gunstock 576 1.1 −0.3
UKIP David N.G. Barraclough 205 0.4 N/A
Majority 3,189 6.4 N/A
Turnout 69.7 −7.9
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +13.7
General Election 1992: Finchley and Golders Green (notional)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 20,890 53.2
Labour 12,616 32.1
Liberal Democrat 4,915 12.5
Green 564 1.4
Natural Law 182 0.5
Loony 130 0.3
Majority 8,274 21.1
Turnout 39,297 77.6
Conservative hold Swing

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A borough constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. ^ As with all constituencies, the constituency elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.
References
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Finchley
UK Parliament constituency
1997 – present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Hendon South

Coordinates: 51°35′N 0°11′W / 51.59°N 0.18°W / 51.59; -0.18