Regent's Park and Kensington North (UK Parliament constituency)

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Regent's Park and Kensington North
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Regent's Park and Kensington North in Greater London for the 2005 general election.
County Greater London
19972010
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.

History[edit]

The constituency was created in 1997 from parts of the former seats of Westminster North & Kensington. It was abolished at the 2010 general 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.

Boundaries[edit]

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.

Abolition[edit]

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[edit]

Election Member Party
1997 Karen Buck Labour
2010 constituency abolished: see Westminster North & Kensington

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Regent's Park and Kensington North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Karen Buck 18,196 44.7 −9.9
Conservative Jeremy Bradshaw 12,065 29.7 +2.8
Liberal Democrat Rabi Martins 7,569 18.6 +6.0
Green Paul Miller 1,985 4.9 +1.5
UKIP Pamela Perrin 456 1.1 +0.1
Civilisation Party Rezouk Boufas 227 0.6 N/A
Independent Abby Dharamsey 182 0.4 N/A
Majority 6,131 15.1
Turnout 40,680 51.5 +2.7
Labour hold Swing −6.3
General Election 2001: Regent's Park and Kensington North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Karen Buck 20,247 54.6 -5.3
Conservative Peter Wilson 9,981 26.9 -2.0
Liberal Democrat David Boyle 4,669 12.6 +4.1
Green Paul Miller 1,268 3.4 N/A
Socialist Alliance China Miéville 459 1.2 N/A
UKIP Alan Crisp 354 1.0 N/A
Independent Charlotte Regan 74 0.2 N/A
Majority 10,266 27.7
Turnout 37,052 48.8 -19.5
Labour hold Swing -3.7

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Regent's Park and Kensington North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Karen Buck 28,367 59.9 +11.6
Conservative Paul McGuinness 13,710 29.0 -12.1
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
Majority 14,657 30.9
Turnout 68.4
Labour hold Swing +11.9

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Coordinates: 51°31′37″N 0°11′13″W / 51.527°N 0.187°W / 51.527; -0.187