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 Frank Dobson (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from St Pancras North and Holborn & St Pancras South
European Parliament constituency London

Holborn and St. Pancras /ˈhbərn ənd sənt ˈpænkrəs/ is a constituency [n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom[n 2] since 1983 by Frank Dobson of the Labour Party.

Constituency profile[edit]

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.[2]Kings Cross, St. Pancras and Euston railway stations are all in the seat.[3][4]

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[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 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.

Election Member[5] Party
1983 Frank Dobson Labour

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Holborn & St Pancras[6][7]
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[8]
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]

  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.

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