Holborn and St Pancras (UK Parliament constituency)
|Holborn and St Pancras|
for the House of Commons
|Electorate||85,243 (December 2010)|
|Member of Parliament||Keir Starmer (Labour)|
|Created from||St Pancras North and Holborn & St Pancras South|
Holborn and St Pancras (/ˈhoʊbən ən sənt ˈpæŋkrəs/) is a parliamentary constituency [n 1] in Greater London that was created in 1983. It has been represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom since 2015 by Sir Keir Starmer, the current Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition.[n 2]
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 fashionable 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.
The south part of the seat includes the University of London and several teaching hospitals, and so the constituency has a large student population.
King's Cross, St Pancras International and Euston railway termini are in the seat.
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 Conservative 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 in the hands of the Labour Party since 1983. 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, which was created in 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 of the Labour Party, who had been elected in 1979 to the predecessor seat of Holborn & St Pancras South. Dobson was the longest-serving Labour MP in London until he stood down in 2015. The constituency has been represented by Keir Starmer since the 2015 general election, who has served as Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition since April 2020.
|1983||Frank Dobson||Labour||Secretary of State for Health (1997–1999)|
|2015||Sir Keir Starmer||Labour||Leader of the Labour Party (2020–present)|
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrats||Matthew Kirk||7,314||12.9||+6.1|
|Green||Kirsten De Keyser||2,746||4.8||+1.4|
|Brexit Party||Hector Birchwood||1,032||1.8||New|
|Socialist Equality||Thomas Scripps||37||0.1||New|
|Liberal Democrats||Stephen Crosher||4,020||6.8||+0.3|
|English Democrat||Janus Polenceus||93||0.2||New|
|Liberal Democrats||Jill Fraser||3,555||6.5||―21.4|
|Animal Welfare||Vanessa Hudson||173||0.3||New|
|Socialist Equality||David O'Sullivan||108||0.2||New|
|Liberal Democrats||Jo Shaw||15,256||27.9|
|English Democrat||Mikel Susperregi||75||0.1|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrats||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||New|
|Liberal Democrats||Nathaniel Green||5,595||18.0||+5.5|
|Socialist Alliance||Candy Udwin||971||3.1||New|
|Socialist Labour||Novjot (Joti) Brar||359||1.2||New|
Elections in the 1990s
|Conservative||Julian L. Smith||6,804||17.9||―10.3|
|Liberal Democrats||Justine McGuiness||4,758||12.5||―1.4|
|Referendum||Julia T.G. Carr||790||2.1||New|
|Natural Law||Timothy P.J. Bedding||191||0.5||0.0|
|Workers Revolutionary||Brigid Conway||171||0.4||New|
|Rainbow Dream Ticket||Martin Rosenthal||157||0.4||New|
|ProLife Alliance||Bruno F. Quintavalle||114||0.3||New|
|Conservative||Andrew J. McHallam||11,419||28.1||―3.0|
|Liberal Democrats||Jennifer Horne-Roberts||5,476||13.5||―4.1|
|Green||Paul A. Wolf-Light||959||2.4||New|
|Natural Law||Mark K. Hersey||212||0.5||New|
|Socialist (GB)||Richard Headicar||175||0.4||New|
Elections in the 1980s
|Red Front||Michael Gavan||300||0.7||New|
|Workers Revolutionary||R. Price||155||0.4|
|Labour win (new seat)|
- ^ A borough constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
- ^ 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.
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