Holborn and St Pancras (UK Parliament constituency)
|Holborn and St Pancras|
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Holborn and St Pancras in Greater London for the 2010 general election.
|Electorate||85,243 (December 2010)|
|Member of parliament||Keir Starmer (Labour)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||St Pancras North and Holborn & St Pancras South|
|European Parliament constituency||London|
Holborn and St Pancras (/həʊbɜːn ænd sənt 'pænkɹəs/; /ənd/) is a constituency [n 1] created in 1983, represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom[n 2] since 2015 by Keir Starmer of the Labour Party.
The seat of Holborn and St Pancras as drawn in 2010 is composed of all but a small western 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 the NW1 postal district, north and in elevation terms upwards through trendy and economically diverse Camden Town to the affluent suburb of Highgate in a long strip. Gospel Oak, particularly towards Kentish Town, has high deprivation levels, but the neighbouring Highgate ward has low deprivation levels.
During the 20th century the Bloomsbury, Holborn and Covent Garden, and Highgate wards overwhelmingly elected Conservative councillors. Since 2000 the wards forming the seat in its three revised forms have all swung against the party. The 2014 local government elections (for a standard four-year term) produced one Green Party councillor, for the Highgate ward; the remaining 32 councillors whose wards fall within the seat (as redrawn in 2010) are members of the Labour Party.
- Political history
The seat has been won since 1983 by the Labour Party. The majorities achieved have been varied between a relatively marginal 13.9% in 2005 (making it a lowest 150 seat for the party in that year by percentage of majority) to a landslide 51.7% in 2017. The 2015 result ranked the seat as the 77th safest of the party's 232 seats (by percentage majority).
The seat was created in 1983 as a primary successor to Holborn and St Pancras South, created 1950. The seat covers the southern half of the London Borough of Camden, including all or most of Camden Town, King's Cross, Gospel Oak, Kentish Town and Bloomsbury.
The constituency has contained the following wards of the London Borough of Camden:
Bloomsbury, Brunswick, Camden, Castlehaven, Caversham, Chalk Farm, Gospel Oak, Grafton, Holborn, King’s Cross, Regent’s Park, St John's, St Pancras, and Somers Town.
As above, less Gospel Oak
Bloomsbury, Camden Town with Primrose Hill, Cantelowes, Gospel Oak, Haverstock, Highgate, Holborn and Covent Garden, Kentish Town, King's Cross, Regent's Park, and St Pancras and Somers Town. (Wards renamed and redrawn before 2010 election.)
- Summary of boundary review
The Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies by the Boundary Commission for England was implemented nationally in 2010. Parts of Highgate, Gospel Oak, Haverstock, and Camden Town with Primrose Hill wards were transferred from the former constituency of Hampstead and Highgate. The electorate of the new seat would have been 85,188 if it had existed in that form at the 2005 General Election. The electorate has since risen further, and at the 2010 general election it was among the five highest electorates in London.
Members of Parliament
The seat was held from 1983 to 2015 by Frank Dobson for Labour, who had been elected in 1979 to the predecessor seat of Holborn & St Pancras South. Dobson was the longest-serving Labour MP in London as of the date he declined to stand for re-election in 2015. The constituency has been represented by Keir Starmer since 2015; he currently also serves on the Labour frontbench as Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union.
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrat||Stephen Crosher||4,020||6.8||+0.3|
|English Democrat||Janus Polenceus||93||0.2||+0.2|
|Liberal Democrat||Jill Fraser||3,555||6.5||−21.4|
|Animal Welfare||Vanessa Hudson||173||0.3||N/A|
|Socialist Equality||David O'Sullivan||108||0.2||N/A|
|Liberal Democrat||Jo Shaw||15,256||27.9||+1.8|
|English Democrat||Mikel Susperregi||75||0.1||N/A|
Note that the 2010 "swings" are based on the notional result for 2005 on the new boundaries.
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrat||Jill Fraser||10,070||29.3||+11.3|
|Green||Adrian J. Oliver||2,798||8.1||+2.1|
|Rainbow Dream Ticket||Rainbow George Weiss||152||0.4||+0.4|
|Liberal Democrat||Nathaniel Green||5,595||18.0||+5.5|
|Socialist Alliance||Candy Udwin||971||3.1||N/A|
|Socialist Labour||Novjot (Joti) Brar||359||1.2||N/A|
Elections in the 1990s
|Conservative||Julian L. Smith||6,804||17.9||−10.3|
|Liberal Democrat||Justine McGuiness||4,758||12.5||−1.4|
|Referendum||Julia T.G. Carr||790||2.1||N/A|
|Natural Law||Timothy P.J. Bedding||191||0.5||+0.0|
|Workers Revolutionary||Brigid Conway||171||0.4||N/A|
|Rainbow Dream Ticket||Martin Rosenthal||157||0.4||N/A|
|ProLife Alliance||Bruno F. Quintavalle||114||0.3||N/A|
|Conservative||Andrew J. McHallam||11,419||28.1||−3.0|
|Liberal Democrat||Jennifer Horne-Roberts||5,476||13.5||−4.1|
|Green||Paul A. Wolf-Light||959||2.4||N/A|
|Natural Law||Mark K. Hersey||212||0.5||N/A|
|Socialist (GB)||Richard Headicar||175||0.4||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|Red Front||Michael Gavan||300||0.7||N/A|
|Workers Revolutionary||R. Price||155||0.4||N/A|
|Labour win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures – Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Archived from the original on 6 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- Ordnance survey website
- directory Londoncouncils.gov.uk. Retrieved 31-01-2017
- List of Labour MPs elected in 2015 by % majority UK Political.info. Retrieved 2017-01-29
- Fifth Periodical Report, Boundary Commission for England, ISBN 0-10-170322-8. Contains list of boundary changes in England.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "H" (part 3)
- "Holborn & St Pancras parliamentary constituency". BBC News.
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- election result http://camden.gov.uk/ccm/content/council-and-democracy/elections-and-voting/parliamentary-election-2015-results.en 3Aug15
- [dead link]
- BBC News: Holborn & St Pancras
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010.