Westminster North (UK Parliament constituency)

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Westminster North
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Westminster North in Greater London.
County Greater London
Electorate 65,936 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Maida Vale
St John's Wood
West Kilburn
Current constituency
Created 2010
Member of Parliament Karen Buck (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Regent's Park & Kensington North
Cities of London & Westminster(one ward and parts of two others)
19831997
Number of members One
Replaced by Regent's Park & Kensington North
Cities of London & Westminster
Created from Paddington and St Marylebone
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency London

Westminster North is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since its 2010 recreation by Karen Buck, a member of the Labour Party.[n 2]

History[edit]

1983-1997[edit]

The seat was created under the Third Periodic Review of constituencies in 1983, which followed the first Boundary Commission Review in 1945, which in turn directly followed the Representation of the People Act 1918 review. It was based largely on Paddington but also took in the abolished St Marylebone constituency.

Political history

The seat was held with modest majorities for the first creation, made up of three terms, by John Wheeler, a Conservative. Paddington constituency, its main predecessor was often marginal: by length of a single party's representation and by majorities achieved. The far less contributory precursor, St Marylebone, was a Conservative safe seat.

The 1997 boundary changes expanded the constituency to the west, taking in Labour-voting areas of north Kensington and tilting the seat towards Labour. Wheeler decided that he did not wish to contest such unfavourable territory and sought selection elsewhere. However he was unsuccessful in finding a new safe seat and thus retired at the 1997 general election.

2010-date[edit]

Political history

The seat was tipped in mainstream newspapers to fall to the Conservatives: Karen Buck's resilience by winning the 2010 election was remarkable, picking up votes from smaller parties as did her main opponent, a Conservative, in a swing that ran counter to the national trend.

Boundaries[edit]

The seat has electoral wards:

  • Abbey Road; Bayswater; Church Street; Harrow Road; Lancaster Gate; Little Venice; Maida Vale; Queen's Park; Regent's Park; and Westbourne in the City of Westminster.[2]

History of boundaries[edit]

From 1983-1997 the constituency had the wards:

  • Bayswater; Church Street; Hamilton Terrace; Harrow Road; Lancaster Gate; Little Venice; Lords;[n 3] Maida Vale; Queen's Park; Regent's Park; and Westbourne.

Parliament accepted the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies which called for the recreation of this constituency for the General Election 2010. This was achieved from parts of two seats: the eastern three quarters of Regent's Park and Kensington North and northern parts of "Cities of London and Westminster":

  • Lancaster Gate ward (that part of Bayswater closest to Hyde Park)
  • A major part of a shared ward next to this, Bayswater
  • Loss of a minor part of a shared ward, "Bryanston and Dorset Square", centred around Baker Street.

Population expansion across the former main seat was a factor, including Maida Vale, West Kilburn and to a lesser degree in St John's Wood which are retained as well as in Notting Hill and North Kensington which were therefore removed.[3]

Constituency profile[edit]

Comprising the northwestern part of the City of Westminster, this seat and its main forerunner have been a Conservative hope since they effectively lost it in the 1997 General Election, but Labour have stubbornly held on it following local council embezzlement under Shirley Porter, even though the constituency contains some affluent residential areas that have historically voted Conservative in large numbers such as Bayswater and the area on the western and northwestern sides of Regent's Park.

Lords Cricket Ground and the famous Abbey Road Studios are in the seat, while the Queen's Park, Church Street, Westbourne Park and Harrow Road areas, further from central London are more of mixed income brackets and have since 1997 often elected Labour councillors, though most parts of the seat have conservative councillors in local elections.

Reflective of the excellent transport links to the selective professional industries of the City of London and long-standing desirable housing in this area, workless claimants who were registered jobseekers were in November 2012 lower than the national average of 3.8%, at 2.9% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian.[4]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[5] Party Notes
1983 John Wheeler Conservative Knighted in 1993[n 4]
constituency abolished in 1997
2010 Karen Buck Labour Member for main successor/predecessor seat (1997-2010)

Results[edit]

General Election 2010: Westminster North[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Karen Buck[n 5] 17,377 43.9 +4.0
Conservative Joanne Cash 15,251 38.5 +5.2
Liberal Democrat Mark Blackburn 5,513 13.9 −5.7
Green Tristan Smith 478 1.2 −3.5
BNP Stephen Curry 334 0.8 N/A
UKIP Jasna Badzak 315 0.8 −0.4
Independent Ali Bahaijoub 101 0.3 N/A
English Democrats Edward Roseman 99 0.3 N/A
Christian Gabriela Fajardo 98 0.2 N/A
Independent Abby Jan Dharamsey 32 0.1 N/A
Majority 2,126 5.4
Turnout 39,598 59.3 +8.5
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.
  3. ^ This was one of several small wards, not shown in the 2010 post-revision (and pre-revision) map of the area, which was thus abolished before the Fifth review - the actual area around "Lords" remained squarely within the seat on the re-appearance of the constituency in 2010.
  4. ^ Since January 1993 John Wheeler only has the title: Sir
  5. ^ MP for the main forerunner seat 1997-2010
References

Coordinates: 51°31′30″N 0°10′48″W / 51.525°N 0.180°W / 51.525; -0.180