Holborn and St Pancras (UK Parliament constituency)
|Holborn and St. Pancras|
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Holborn and St. Pancras in Greater London for the 2010 general election.
|Electorate||85,243 (December 2010)|
|Member of Parliament||Frank Dobson (Labour)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||St Pancras North and Holborn & St Pancras South|
|European Parliament constituency||London|
The seat is composed of all but a small eastern portion of the London Borough of Camden and extends from most of Covent Garden and Bloomsbury in the heart of the West End of London through other areas of NW1, north and in elevation terms upwards through trendy and economically diverse Camden Town to the affluent suburb of Highgate in a long strip.
Property prices in many neighbourhoods of the seat are among the highest 25% seen in London. A four bedroom home on Gloucester Gate is likely to reach an asking price of around £6 million, whilst on Cambridge Gate, located closer to the Inner Circle, the same amount of money is only likely to secure a flat. Yet this is accompanied by high levels of rented and social housing, particularly in the middle of the seat around Camden Town and Kings Cross where sharing in the lowest 10% of London prices and mostly social housing, in Stanhope Street is a high rise purpose built block, where a one bed flat could potentially be secured for around £200,000. – Kings Cross, St. Pancras and Euston railway stations are all in the seat.
With so many contrasting parts, all three main parties have a solid voter base in the seat, though Labour has held on fairly comfortably against split opposition.
The seat was created in 1983 as a successor to Holborn and St. Pancras South which had been in existence since 1950. It covers the southern half of the London Borough of Camden which includes the districts of Camden Town, King's Cross, Gospel Oak, Kentish Town and Bloomsbury and is made up of eleven electoral wards from the London Borough of Camden:
- Bloomsbury; Camden Town with Primrose Hill; Cantelowes; Gospel Oak; Haverstock; Highgate; Holborn and Covent Garden; Kentish Town; King's Cross; Regent's Park; St Pancras and Somers Town.
Boundary review for the 2010 election
Following their review of parliamentary representation in North London, the Boundary Commission for England recommended the creation of a modified Holborn and St. Pancras constituency. To effect this change, parts of Highgate ward, Gospel Oak ward, Haverstock ward and Camden Town with Primrose Hill ward were transferred from the former constituency of Hampstead and Highgate.
Gospel Oak, particularly towards Kentish Town, has high deprivation levels, but neighbouring Highgate ward has low deprivation levels, producing little change overall. (Gospel Oak had previously been part of the constituency, but had been moved to Hampstead and Highgate at the last review.) The electorate of the new seat would have been 85,188 if it had existed at the 2005 General Election the figure has since risen further and at the 2010 general election, it now has one of the highest electorates in London.
Members of Parliament
The seat has been held since 1983 by Frank Dobson for Labour, who had been elected in 1979 to the predecessor seat of Holborn & St. Pancras South. Dobson is now the longest serving Labour MP in London.
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2010: Holborn & St Pancras|
|Liberal Democrat||Jo Shaw||15,256||27.9||+1.8|
|English Democrats||Mikel Susperregi||75||0.1||N/A|
note that the 2010 "swings" are based on the notional result for 2005 in the new boundaries.
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Holborn & St Pancras|
|Liberal Democrat||Jill Fraser||10,070||29.3||+11.3|
|Rainbow Dream Ticket||Rainbow George Weiss||152||0.4||+0.4|
|General Election 2001: Holborn & St Pancras|
|Liberal Democrat||Nat Green||5,595||18.0||+5.5|
|Socialist Alliance||Candy Udwin||971||3.1||N/A|
|Socialist Labour||Joti Brar||359||1.2||N/A|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Holborn and St. Pancras|
|Liberal Democrat||J. McGuiness||4,758||12.52|
|Referendum Party||J. Carr||790||2.08|
|Natural Law||T. Bedding||191||0.50|
|Workers Revolutionary||B. Conway||171||0.45|
|Rainbow Dream Ticket||M. Rosenthal||157||0.41|
|ProLife Alliance||B. Quintavalle||114||0.30|
|General Election 1992: Holborn and St. Pancras|
|Liberal Democrat||Mrs J Horne-Roberts||5,476||13.5||-4.1|
|Natural Law||MK Hersey||212||0.5||+0.5|
|Socialist (GB)||R Headicar||175||0.4||+0.4|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: Holborn and St. Pancras South|
|Red Front||M.J. Gavan||300||0.66|
|General Election 1983: Holborn and St. Pancras South|
|Workers Revolutionary||R. Rice||157||0.36|
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures – Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- Mouseprice.com NW1 Area Guide
- Ordnance survey website
- Mouseprice.com heatmap
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "H" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
- BBC News: Holborn & St Pancras
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010.