Holborn and St Pancras (UK Parliament constituency)

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Holborn and St. Pancras
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Holborn and St. Pancras in Greater London for the 2010 general election.
County Greater London
Electorate 85,243 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of parliament Sir Keir Starmer (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from St Pancras North and Holborn & St Pancras South
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency London

Holborn and St. Pancras (/həʊbɜːn ænd sənt 'pænkɹəs/; /ənd/) is a constituency [n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom[n 2] since 2015 by Sir Keir Starmer of the Labour Party.

Constituency profile[edit]

The seat is composed of all but a small western 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.

Kings Cross, St. Pancras and Euston railway stations are all in the seat.[2]

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.

Boundaries[edit]

1983–1997: The London Borough of Camden wards of Bloomsbury, Brunswick, Camden, Castlehaven, Caversham, Chalk Farm, Gospel Oak, Grafton, Holborn, King’s Cross, Regent’s Park, St John's, St Pancras, and Somers Town.

1997–2010: The London Borough of Camden wards of Bloomsbury, Brunswick, Camden, Castlehaven, Caversham, Chalk Farm, Grafton, Holborn, King’s Cross, Regent’s Park, St John's, St Pancras, and Somers Town.

2010–present: The London Borough of Camden wards of Bloomsbury, Camden Town with Primrose Hill, Cantelowes, Gospel Oak, Haverstock, Highgate, Holborn and Covent Garden, Kentish Town, King's Cross, Regent's Park, and St Pancras and Somers Town.

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.

Boundary review for the 2010 election[edit]

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[edit]

The seat was held from 1983 to 2015 by Frank Dobson for Labour, who had been elected in 1979 to the predecessor seat of Holborn & St. Pancras South. Dobson was the longest serving Labour MP in London, until he was replaced by Keir Starmer in the General Election 2015.

Election Member[3] Party
1983 Frank Dobson Labour
2015 Sir Keir Starmer Labour

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

A sign with directions to a polling station on the edge of Hampstead Heath, Holborn and St Pancras constituency, 7 May 2015
General Election 2015: Holborn & St Pancras
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sir Keir Starmer[4] 29,062 52.9 +6.8
Conservative Will Blair[5] 12,014 21.9 +1.5
Green Natalie Bennett[5] 7,013 12.8 +10.1
Liberal Democrat Jill Fraser[6] 3,555 6.5 -21.4
UKIP Maxine Spencer[7] 2,740 5.0 +3.9
CISTA Shane O'Donnell[8] 252 0.5 N/A
Animal Welfare Vanessa Hudson[9] 173 0.3 N/A
Socialist Equality David O'Sullivan[10][11] 108 0.2 N/A
Majority 17,048 31.0
Turnout 63.2
Labour hold Swing
General Election 2010: Holborn & St Pancras[12][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Frank Dobson 25,198 46.1 +1.0
Liberal Democrat Jo Shaw 15,256 27.9 +1.8
Conservative George Lee 11,134 20.4 -0.5
Green Natalie Bennett 1,480 2.7 -4.8
BNP Robert Carlyle 779 1.4 N/A
UKIP Max Spencer 587 1.1 N/A
Independent John Chapman 96 0.2 N/A
English Democrats Mikel Susperregi 75 0.1 N/A
Independent Iain Meek 44 0.1 N/A
Majority 9,942 17.9%
Turnout 54,649 62.9% +9.7
Labour hold Swing -0.4

note that the 2010 "swings" are based on the notional result for 2005 in the new boundaries.

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Holborn & St Pancras
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Frank Dobson 14,857 43.2 -10.7
Liberal Democrat Jill Fraser 10,070 29.3 +11.3
Conservative Margot James 6,482 18.9 +2.0
Green Adrian Oliver 2,798 8.1 +2.1
Rainbow Dream Ticket Rainbow George Weiss 152 0.4 +0.4
Majority 4,787 13.9
Turnout 34,359 50.4 +0.8
Labour hold Swing -11.0
General Election 2001: Holborn & St Pancras
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Frank Dobson 16,770 53.9 -11.1
Liberal Democrat Nat Green 5,595 18.0 +5.5
Conservative Roseanne Serrelli 5,258 16.9 -1.0
Green Rob Whitley 1,875 6.0 N/A
Socialist Alliance Candy Udwin 971 3.1 N/A
Socialist Labour Joti Brar 359 1.2 N/A
UKIP Magnus Nielsen 301 1.0 N/A
Majority 11,175 35.9
Turnout 31,129 49.6 -10.7
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Holborn and St. Pancras
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Frank Dobson 24,707 65.01
Conservative J. Smith 6,804 17.90
Liberal Democrat J. McGuiness 4,758 12.52
Referendum Party J. Carr 790 2.08
Natural Law T. Bedding 191 0.50
Independent S. Smith 173 0.46
Workers Revolutionary B. Conway 171 0.45
Rainbow Dream Ticket M. Rosenthal 157 0.41
Independent P. Rice-Evans 140 0.37
ProLife Alliance B. Quintavalle 114 0.30
Majority 17,903 47.11
Turnout 60.29
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1992: Holborn and St. Pancras[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Frank Dobson 22,243 54.8 +4.1
Conservative AJ McHallam 11,419 28.1 -3.0
Liberal Democrat Mrs J Horne-Roberts 5,476 13.5 -4.1
Green PA Wolf-Light 959 2.4 +2.4
Natural Law MK Hersey 212 0.5 +0.5
Socialist (GB) R Headicar 175 0.4 +0.4
Independent N Lewis 133 0.3 +0.3
Majority 10,824 26.6 +7.1
Turnout 40,617 62.7 -1.6
Labour hold Swing +3.6

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Holborn and St. Pancras South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Frank Dobson 22,966 50.62
Conservative Peter Luff 14,113 31.10
Liberal S. McGrath 7,994 17.62
Red Front M.J. Gavan 300 0.66
Majority 8,853 19.51
Turnout 64.28
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1983: Holborn and St. Pancras South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Frank Dobson 20,486 47.52
Conservative A. Kerpel 13,227 30.68
Liberal W. Jones 9,242 21.44
Workers Revolutionary R. Rice 157 0.36
Majority 7,259 16.84
Turnout 60.21
Labour 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
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures – Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Ordnance survey website
  3. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "H" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
  4. ^ "Keir Starmer selected as candidate for Holborn and St Pancras". LabourList. 2014-12-13. Retrieved 2015-05-07. 
  5. ^ a b "UK ELECTION RESULTS: HOLBORN & ST PANCRAS 2015". Electionresults.blogspot.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-05-07. 
  6. ^ "Lib Dems pick Jill Fraser to stand in Holborn and St Pancras". Camden New Journal. 2014-11-17. Retrieved 2015-05-07. 
  7. ^ "UK Polling Report". UK Polling Report. Retrieved 2015-05-07. 
  8. ^ Quinn, Ben (25 February 2015). "New UK political party wants to make cannabis an election issue". Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  9. ^ "UK Polling Report". UK Polling Report. Retrieved 2015-05-07. 
  10. ^ "Socialist Equality Party (UK) 2015 General Election manifesto: No to war and austerity! Fight for socialism! – World Socialist Web Site". Wsws.org. Retrieved 2015-05-07. 
  11. ^ "London: SEP candidate exposes false housing promises of Labour and Greens – World Socialist Web Site". Wsws.org. Retrieved 2015-05-07. 
  12. ^ [1][dead link]
  13. ^ BBC News: Holborn & St Pancras
  14. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 

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Coordinates: 51°32′06″N 0°08′06″W / 51.535°N 0.135°W / 51.535; -0.135