Cities of London & Westminster

2015 Result:
Conservative: 19570 (54.1%)
Labour: 9899 (27.4%)
Lib Dem: 2521 (7%)
Green: 1953 (5.4%)
UKIP: 1894 (5.2%)
Others: 348 (1%)
MAJORITY: 9671 (26.7%)

Category: Very safe Conservative seat

Geography: Greater London. The City of London and part of the Westminster council area.

Main population centres: Mayfair, Marylebone, Pimlico, Belgravia.

Profile: The core of London, covering the most of the major landmarks, parks, shopping areas, financial headquarters and housing the main organs of the state. One can be in no doubt that the United Kingdom is a largely centralised state looking at what falls under this single constituency, in the west is Buckingham Palace, the official residence of the Queen, surrounded by the royal parks. Nearby the government departments on Whitehall itself and now spreading down Victoria Street, also the location of New Scotland Yard. The seat covers Downing Street, official residence of the Prime Minister and the Houses of Parliament itself. Heading north there are the major shopping areas of Knightsbridge, Regent and Oxford Streets, the West End theatreland and Soho, then eastwards there are the Inns of Court, the Royal Courts of Justice, the Old Bailey and then finally the City of London itself, with St Paul`s Cathedral, its skyscrapers, the Bank of England and the Stock Exchange..

Politics: The City of London is the small medieval core of the city, originally bounded by the city walls (although it includes some wards outside the line of the old physical walls). It continues to be governed as a separate local authority, the smallest in the country and the only local authority still to have a business franchise. Despite a weekday population of hundreds of thousands, there are relatively few permanent residents here, mostly concentrated in the Barbican and Golden Lane Estate. The vast bulk of the electorate are in Westminster, covering some of the most insanely expensive (and solidly Conservative) residential real estate in the country in Belgravia, Knightsbridge and Mayfair. There are dwindling cosmopolitian residential areas in Soho and social housing around Victoria and in Mayfair, but overall this is Conservative territory, with every ward in the constituency returning Conservative councillors since the boundary changes in 2002.


Current MP
MARK FIELD (Conservative) Born 1964. Educated at Reading School and Oxford University. Former Solicitor and director of an employment agency. Kensington and Chelsea councillor 1994-2002. Contested Enfield North 1997. First elected as MP for Cities of London and Westminster in 2001. Opposition Whip 2003-04, Shadow Minister for London 2003-05, Shadow Financial Secretary to the Treasury 2005, Shadow Minister for Culture 2005-06.
Past Results
2010
Con: 19264 (52%)
Lab: 8188 (22%)
LDem: 7574 (21%)
GRN: 778 (2%)
Oth: 1127 (3%)
MAJ: 11076 (30%)
2005*
Con: 17260 (47%)
Lab: 9165 (25%)
LDem: 7306 (20%)
GRN: 1544 (4%)
Oth: 1212 (3%)
MAJ: 8095 (22%)
2001
Con: 15737 (46%)
Lab: 11238 (33%)
LDem: 5218 (15%)
GRN: 1318 (4%)
Oth: 464 (1%)
MAJ: 4499 (13%)
1997
Con: 18981 (47%)
Lab: 14100 (35%)
LDem: 4933 (12%)
Oth: 980 (2%)
MAJ: 4881 (12%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

Demographics
2015 Candidates
MARK FIELD (Conservative) See above.
NICK SLINGSBY (Labour)
BELINDA BROOKS-GORDON (Liberal Democrat) Educated at Middlesex Polytechnic and Cambridge University. Psychologist. Cambridgshire councillor. Contested West Suffolk 2010, East of England 2014 European election.
ROBERT STEPHENSON (UKIP)
HUGH SMALL (Green) Educated at Durham University. Former management consultant.
ADAM CLIFFORD (Class War)
JILL MCLACHLAN (CPA) Contested Cities of London and Westminster 2005, North West European region 2009.
EDOUARD-HENRI DESFORGES (CISTA)
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Comments - 263 Responses on “Cities of London & Westminster”
  1. When’s the selection happening?

  2. Good luck.

  3. Thanks. Not sure yet when the actual selection is, but shortlisting is apparently on December 12.

  4. ‘ No, I was shortlisted for the Richmond Park by-election and was runner-up to Christian Wolmar. ‘

    You would have done a better job than Woolmar – I read one very bizarre anecdote about him.

    And best of luck with your application.

  5. Thanks Richard.

    Christian fought quite a good campaign and I wouldn’t wish to speak ill of him. I think I would have got a few hundred more votes with my strong local profile, but I would still have lost the deposit. It was almost certainly a good selection to lose.

  6. As there are 1,600 members and wolmar got 1,500 i defo think youd have done better

  7. A car crash Brexit would make this seat winnable. It might even be winnable in more normal circumstances. Best of luck to Barnaby though he would be one of the oldest new MPs of recent times were he to win.

  8. Be aware also Barnaby that you expressed support for leaving the EU some years ago on here….that’s hardly going to help you in this seat. Though I think you switched to Remain by the time the referendum happened.

  9. I am several years younger than several of this year’s intake, including Emma Dent Coad, Bill Grant, Bob Seely & Sandy Martin. Even if the parliament runs its full course, I would still be younger than at least 2 of those when they entered parliament. I still have to pay full fares on public transport for a couple of years yet…..
    I did vote Remain in the referendum having started the campaign minded to vote Leave. I am essentially a supporter of Starmer’s & Corbyn’s line on the EU and believe that Labour needs to reserve the right to vote against a final deal if it is clearly contrary to the interests of British people as the party sees it, though complete opposition to Brexit at this stage would in my view be wrong.

  10. I’m with Barnaby on this. While I toed on the party line when it came to campaigning. I was very undecided and wasn’t even that keen to make up my mind on election day. Perhaps a europhile would go down better in Westminster but I think its quite resonable to hold a position of soft eurosceptism

  11. Even if Barnaby were a proper leaver, I doubt it would matter at all, for the following reasons:

    a) If (and it’s a moderately big if) this parliament runs the full five years then we will be out of the EU and probably beyond the transitional period too. Society will, by and large, have moved on – at least I hope we’re not still collectively picking over the same scab in 2022.

    b) His personal view wouldn’t appear on the campaign literature, and as a fairly big figure in the Labour grassroots but a complete unknown beyond that, barely anybody is going to know,

    c) For most remain voters, as indeed for most leavers, the actual structures of the EU did not really drive voting intentions – votes for remain were generally driven by the values of inclusivity, openness and internationalism, that people like Barnaby also believe in and would potential project to voters.

    d) Kate Hoey didn’t seem to suffer too badly for her rather more socially conservative Euroscepticism (tied in with her outspoken views on grammar schools etc) in one of the remain-iest seats in Britain.

  12. If anything, I feel Brexit may hurt whoever the Labour candidates are in these kind of seats, but for completely the opposite reason. These wealthy parts of central London are really the only areas where the prospect of staying in the single market would have swayed people from Tory to Labour in significant numbers. Those voters may be difficult to hang onto next time as the disruptions caused by Brexit unwind.

    (I’m not one of those “centrist dads” who believe all the Tories’ current electoral problems stem from Brexit, but specifically in wealthy inner London it’s probably the biggest factor. Indeed, I suspect the reason the narrative has traction with the MSM pundit class is because they mostly live in this highly unrepresentative area.)

  13. PT – that’s certainly true. Certainly many BBC staff also live in Muswell Hill (another wealthy area full of media types, hence Lynne Featherstone).

    Barnaby – ‘Starmer & Corbyn’s line on the EU’ is and has never been the same thing now or for the past 30 years. But I at least commend Starmer for having got away with proposing an amendment to remain in the customs union & the single market even though it was the direct opposite of both manifesto pledges from just months earlier.

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