Finchley and Golders Green (UK Parliament constituency)
|Finchley and Golders Green|
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Finchley and Golders Green in Greater London.
|Electorate||71,595 (December 2010)|
|Member of Parliament||Mike Freer (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Finchley, Hendon South|
|European Parliament constituency||London|
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
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.
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
|1997||Dr Rudi Vis||Labour|
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.
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2010: Finchley and Golders Green|
|Liberal Democrat||Laura Edge||8,036||17.0||−0.1|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+5.8|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Finchley and Golders Green|
|Liberal Democrat||Sue Garden||7,282||16.9||+4.8|
|Rainbow Dream Ticket||Rainbow George Weiss||110||0.3||N/A|
|General Election 2001: Finchley and Golders Green|
|Liberal Democrat||Sarah Teather||5,266||12.1||+0.8|
|UKIP||John de Roeck||330||0.8||+0.3|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Finchley and Golders Green|
|Liberal Democrat||Jonathan M. Davies||5,670||11.3||−1.2|
|Referendum Party||Gary D. Shaw||684||1.4||N/A|
|UKIP||David N.G. Barraclough||205||0.4||N/A|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+13.7|
|General Election 1992: Finchley and Golders Green (notional)|
- Finchley (UK Parliament constituency), approximate predecessor
- Hendon South (UK Parliament constituency), half of which was merged with Finchley
- List of Parliamentary constituencies in Greater London
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "F" [self-published source][better source needed]
- General Election 2010 - Finchley & Golders Green BBC News
- BBC News|Election 2010|Constituency|Finchley & Golders Green news.bbc.co.uk, retrieved 27 July 2012
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|UK Parliament constituency
1997 – present