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 to date[edit]

Political history

The seat was tipped in mainstream newspapers to fall to the Conservatives.

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 on 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]

1983–1997 boundaries[edit]

Election Political result Candidate Party Votes % ±%
General Election 1983 [6]
Electorate: 68,988
Turnout: 44,262 (64.2%)
Conservative hold
Majority: 1,710 (3.8%)
Swing: 0.5% from Con to Lab
John Daniel Wheeler Conservative 19,134 43.2 –3.8
Arthur Charles Latham Labour 17,424 39.4 –2.8
Thomas Guy Clare Halliwell Social Democratic 6,956 15.7 +7.1
Timothy Haydon Cooper Ecology 527 1.2
Thomas Leslie Keen[n 5] Independent 148 0.3
Brian Fisher Independent 73 0.2
General Election 1987 [7]
Electorate: 59,263
Turnout: 42,138 (71.1%) +6.9
Conservative hold
Majority: 3,310 (7.8%) +4.0
Swing: 2.0% from Lab to Con
John Daniel Wheeler Conservative 19,941 47.3 +4.1
Jennifer Fitzgerald Edwards Labour 16,631 39.5 +0.1
Richard John De Ste Croix Social Democratic 5,116 12.1 –3.6
David Stutchfield Green 450 1.1 –0.1
General Election 1992 [8]
Electorate: 59,405
Turnout: 44,585 (75.1%) +4.0
Conservative hold
Majority: 3,733 (8.4%) +0.6
Swing: 0.3% from Lab to Con
John Daniel Wheeler Conservative 21,828 49.0 +1.7
Jennifer Fitzgerald Edwards Labour 18,095 40.6 +1.1
Lewis Justin Wigoder Liberal Democrat 3,349 7.5 –4.6
Amelia Nicola Burke Green 1,017 2.3 +1.2
Jonathan Robert Hinde Natural Law 159 0.4
Michael Francis Domville Kelly Anti-Federalist League 137 0.3

2010 boundaries[edit]

Election Political result Candidate Party Votes % ±%
General Election 2010 [9]
Electorate: 66,739
Turnout: 39,598 (59.3%)
Labour hold
Majority: 2,126 (5.4%)
Swing: 0.6% from Lab to Con
Karen Patricia Buck Labour 17,377 43.9 +4.0
Joanne Catherine Cash Conservative 15,251 38.5 +5.2
Mark David Harry Blackburn Liberal Democrat 5,513 13.9 –5.7
Tristan James Law Smith Green 478 1.2 –3.5
Stephen Curry BNP 334 0.8
Jasna Badzak UKIP 315 0.8 –0.4
Ali Bahaijoub Independent 101 0.3
Edward Roseman English Democrats 99 0.3
Gabriela Paulo Fajardo Christian 98 0.2
Abdulla Janmohamed Dharamsey Independent 32 0.1


General Election 2015: Westminster North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Karen Buck
Conservative Lindsey Hall

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. ^ Used the description "Tactically Vote Conservative Annihilates Bennites Livingstonites"
References
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures – Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ 2010 post-revision map Greater London and metropolitan areas of England
  3. ^ 2011 Census
  4. ^ Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
  5. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "W" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
  6. ^ Britain Votes 4, ed. F. W. S. Craig, Parliamentary Research Services, Chichester, 1987, p. 24; Return of Election Expenses, HC Paper 130 of session 1983-84, p. 71.
  7. ^ Britain Votes 4, ed. F. W. S. Craig, Parliamentary Research Services, Chichester, 1987, p. 24; Return of Election Expenses, HC Paper 426 of session 1987-88, p. 62.
  8. ^ Britain Votes 5, compiled and edited by Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher, Dartmouth Publishing, Aldershot, 1993, p. 152; Return of Election Expenses, HC Paper 603 of session 1992-93, p. 79.
  9. ^ Election 2010: The Official Results, compiled by Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher, Biteback Publishing, London, 2010, p. 176.

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