Regent's Park and Kensington North (UK Parliament constituency)
|Regent's Park and Kensington North|
|Former Borough constituency|
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Regent's Park and Kensington North in Greater London for the 2005 general election.
|Number of members||One|
|Replaced by||Westminster North, Kensington|
|Created from||Westminster North, Kensington|
Regent's Park and Kensington North was a constituency in Central London and west London represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.
With its stark contrasts between prosperity and deprivation, the constituency should have been highly competitive marginal between the Conservative Party and Labour Party in an even year, although for the three general elections of its existence it was won firmly by Labour. Before its creation it was considered a constituency likely to produce low swings which would be won on differential turnout, similar to its predecessor seats. However, in the political climate of the late 1990s and early 2000s this proved not to be the case.
The constituency covered the areas of St John's Wood, Maida Vale, the Harrow Road, Westbourne Green, Maida Hill, Little Venice, parts of Queen's Park, parts of Ladbroke Grove and Notting Hill as well as North Kensington.
The electoral wards of the constituency were:
- From the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea: Avondale; Colville; Golborne; Kelfield; St Charles.
- From the City of Westminster: Church Street; Hamilton Terrace; Harrow Road; Little Venice; Lords; Maida Vale; Queen’s Park; Regent’s Park; Westbourne.
Despite the name, the seat did not include the area in the Regent's Park ward of the London Borough of Camden.
The Boundary Commission proposed that the City of Westminster together with the sparsely populated City of London receive two seats in its own right from the 2010 general election. As a result, Regent's Park and Kensington North was abolished with the Westminster section going into a reformed Westminster North seat and the Kensington and Chelsea section going into a reformed Kensington seat. These changes were implemented in 2010.
Members of Parliament
|2010||constituency abolished: see Westminster North & Kensington|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Regent's Park and Kensington North|
|Liberal Democrat||Rabi Martins||7,569||18.6||+6.0|
|Civilisation Party||Rezouk Boufas||227||0.6||N/A|
|General Election 2001: Regent's Park and Kensington North|
|Liberal Democrat||David Boyle||4,669||12.6||+4.1|
|Socialist Alliance||China Miéville||459||1.2||N/A|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Regent's Park and Kensington North|
|Liberal Democrat||Emily Gasson||4,041||8.5||+0.6|
|Referendum Party||Sandra Dangoor||867||1.8||N/A|
|Natural Law||Jonathan Hinde||192||0.4||N/A|
|Rainbow Dream Ticket||Debbie Sadowitz||167||0.4||N/A|
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "R" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
- Regent's Park and Kensington North Parliamentary Constituency borough information by the Government Office for London
- The Almanac of British Politics by Robert Waller, Byron Criddle
- Labour Party in Westminster, Regent's Park and Kensington North