Finchley & Golders Green

2015 Result:
Conservative: 25835 (50.9%)
Labour: 20173 (39.7%)
Lib Dem: 1662 (3.3%)
Green: 1357 (2.7%)
UKIP: 1732 (3.4%)
MAJORITY: 5662 (11.2%)

Category: Semi-marginal Conservative seat

Geography: Greater London. Part of the Barnet council area.

Main population centres: Finchley, Golders Green, Hampstead Garden Suburb, Childs Hill.

Profile: A well-to-do residential seat with a large Jewish population. It is an affluent area, with little social housing - although there are some high rise council developments in Childs Hill. Golders Green is best known for its large Jewish population, and the seat has the highest proportion of Jewish residents of any seat in the country, with just over 20% of the population describing themselves as Jewish in the 2011 census..

Politics: Politically Finchley is, of course, most associated with Margaret Thatcher who was the MP her for 33 years between 1959 and 1992. Rudi Viz won the seat on its new boundaries in 1997, an unexpected victory, and it remained Labour for 13 years before being regained by the Conservatives in 2010.


Current MP
MIKE FREER (Conservative) Born 1960, Manchester. Educated at Chadderton Grammar School and Stirling University. Former area manager for Barclays Bank. Barnet councillor 1990-94, 2001-10, leader of Barnet council 2006-09. Contested Harrow West 2005. First elected as MP for Finchley & Golders Green in 2010.
Past Results
2010
Con: 21688 (46%)
Lab: 15879 (34%)
LDem: 8036 (17%)
UKIP: 817 (2%)
Oth: 737 (2%)
MAJ: 5809 (12%)
2005*
Con: 16746 (39%)
Lab: 17487 (40%)
LDem: 7282 (17%)
GRN: 1136 (3%)
Oth: 563 (1%)
MAJ: 741 (2%)
2001
Con: 16489 (38%)
Lab: 20205 (46%)
LDem: 5266 (12%)
GRN: 1385 (3%)
Oth: 330 (1%)
MAJ: 3716 (9%)
1997
Con: 19991 (40%)
Lab: 23180 (46%)
LDem: 5670 (11%)
Oth: 781 (2%)
MAJ: 3189 (6%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

Demographics
2015 Candidates
MIKE FREER (Conservative) See above.
SARAH SACKMAN (Labour) Educated at Cambridge University. Barrister.
JONATHAN DAVIES (Liberal Democrat) Contested Finchley and Golders Green 1997.
RICHARD KING (UKIP) Educated at Nottingham University. IT project manager.
ADELE WARD (Green) Educated at Newlands School and Royal Holloway. Publisher and former journalist.
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Comments - 443 Responses on “Finchley & Golders Green”
  1. The full-frontal and personal attack from Netanyahu, a man almost universally despised outside of Israel and the US – and for good reason too – will help save Corbyn’s bacon here

  2. I agree although not for the same reason.

    Death by a thousand cuts is more damaging.

    Otherwise Ellman, Berger et al would have resigned the Whip weeks ago.

  3. Though much of the stuff thrown at Corbyn like the events he attended were also attended by MPs like Ellman. So she could hardly resign weeks ago for things she also attended

  4. Hardly (Ellman certainly hasn’t been to those graves).

    Incidentally, tomorrow is apparently Day 50 of this story…

    Dame Margaret Hodge MP has just told Sky News that she felt like her father did in the 1930s when she heard the Party Leadership had instigated disciplinary proceedings against her, hours after she spoke to Corbyn.

    Len Mc has hit back, specifically blaming Jewish groups for being intransigent.

    John Mann has just said, “it’s called being principled, not that some overpaid union leaders seem to know what that means any longer.”

  5. I thought you were talking about the stuff two werks ago.

  6. Ex-Paisley MP Jim Sheridan has been suspended from the Party after blaming a Jewish Blairite plot to unseat Corbyn and said he has lost any sympathy he had for Jews who suffered.

    https://www.politicshome.com/news/uk/communities/news/97653/labour-suspends-ex-mp-after-facebook-post-saying-jewish-community

  7. “We have lost almost all of the Leave voters though, aside from Lancs. People like Kieran and Runnymede seem long gone”.

    Obviously I can only speak for myself, but I stopped posting here when the owner of the site made it clear that he wouldn’t be updating this section of the site. I see little point in posting beneath a set of out of date constituency profiles as they are unlikely to attract many new readers.

    I largely only check back here if I am trying to find some material I’ve linked to in the past that I want to use elsewhere, such as the newspaper article I referenced upthread. Today that led me to stumble across the above reference to me.

    It was also interesting to read Frederick Stansfield’s remarkably prescient comment from before the last election that a Corbyn led Labour Party could win Canterbury. Few others anticipated that happening.

  8. Lovely to see you back. I also only pop in from time to time these days. Agree with you also about Frederic Stansfield; unfortunately his habit of writing many posts which were absolutely bonkers obscured some very prescient and well informed ones.

    While you’re here I can’t resist but to turn the conversation to Brexit – completely out of my personal interest in your response rather than any king of gloating or trolling. I recall you being a somewhat urbane Leaver, not that bothered about immigration, who was quite confident initially of a relatively painless soft Brexit being achieved. What are your thoughts as to how things have turned out, and do you now regret your Leave vote?

    Personally I think some of the media hysterics we are now seeing are choreographed, nevertheless a frictionless soft Brexit does seem pretty unattainable at this point. Would a liberal Leaver such as yourself prefer a chaotic, protectionist, nationalistic hard Brexit to Remain?

  9. Interesting to note Kieran’s response to Hemmelig’ s very fair yet pertinent question about Brexit

  10. Kieran’s fair response was that he has stopped posting here, so please don’t attempt to draw any conclusions.

    Tbf HH is a broken record on the issue and he himself said months ago that he had stopped posting about Brexit as his view hasn’t changed and he conceded that’s the same with almost all of the public too.

  11. The highly respected former Chief Rabbi’s comments on Corbyn won’t help Labour here.

  12. A bit rich to call me a broken record just a minute before you made your 5964th post yapping on about Corbyn’s anti-semitism. That’s just as pointless as arguing about Brexit as people are just as unlikely to change their mind on it.

    Whilst I’m here it was also very off for you to disclose Rivers’ real name whilst hiding your own.

  13. The difference, of course, being that in those posts I have merely reported new facts, with quotes, whereas you merely repeat your well known opinions (that it’s all racist), without any evidence in support.

    Indeed it’s interesting that Corbynistas do share that trait with Remainians (that merely quoting a fact annoys immensely).

    Disclose: it’s a matter of public record which Rivers mentioned himself both on here and elsewhere long before I ever did. The only person I’m aware that has refused to reveal their real name is yourself (not that I have a problem with that).

  14. ‘The difference, of course, being that in those posts I have merely reported new facts, with quotes, whereas you merely repeat your well known opinions (that it’s all racist), without any evidence in support.’

    Surely the real difference is that whilst Hemmelig makes informative, discussion-worthy posts, apart from the ward by-election results you put up, all your posts are nothing more than designed to support your own alt-right agenda – rather than provoke discussion, which probably isn’t unconnected to the reason so few people post here anymore

    As one of the few intelligent people who voted Leave, I have to say I was looking forward to Kieran’s answer.

    We are not trying to change people’s minds on the referendum. We don’t need to – the effects of Brexit will do that

  15. Lancs

    As it happens I don’t think Brexit supporters are “all racist” and very much doubt I’ve ever said that. I like Kieran and was interested to hear his take on current events, not sure why you felt the need to rather rudely stick your nose in tbh.

    And in any case why is it wrong for people to highlight racism behind Brexit yet it’s totally fine for you to prattle on endlessly about Corbyn’s supposed racism?

    I agree with Tim that this has turned into the Lancs Observer blog which is perhaps putting others off posting.

  16. HH “chaotic nationalistic hard Brexit” is what you said above and you have also thrown in racist on at least three previous occasions.

    As I pointed out, I merely quoted – often Labour – MPs and others, as well as the damage anti-Semitism did to Labour in Bury and elsewhere, as well as Labour members who resigned citing that issue. Who are you to tell them it’s tiresome.

    Whereas you merely repeat opinion and projections, rather than evidence or facts.

    I assumed Tim meant Kieran’s non-response spoke volumes, hence my reply.

    Tim J – you have proven my very point! I post facts and precisely because they don’t fit in with your world view, hence you dislike the world and want to get off.

  17. I’d like to politely point out that actually no I didn’t reveal my identity here before Lancs did and while I’m not overly bothered I would appreciate if people refrained from it. I am slightly perturbed as to how Lancs found out though, yes dots could easily be connected but it would take a fair bit of rummaging and a few leaps of faith to come to the (ultimately correct) conclusion.

  18. “yes dots could easily be connected but it would take a fair bit of rummaging and a few leaps of faith to come to the (ultimately correct) conclusion.”

    Some people have nothing better to do than engage in things you might regard as too petty and time consuming to be worthwhile – that’s a lesson life has taught me many times.

    IMO it is not at all OK to unilaterally reveal identities without good reason, certainly not if the whistle blower refuses to reveal their own identity at the same time. In your case it appears to be a clear cut attempt to intimidate you out of posting – I hope you don’t listen.

  19. Continuing from what Rivers said, there’s been some nasty funniness going on in here and on PB.com relating to myself, Joe James B, Pete Whitehead and Barnaby Marder, with people trying to post under our identities multiple times, including using my real name which I can’t remember ever revealing on here. I think they got the information via a fake Facebook friend request which I stupidly accepted without thinking.

    So yes, some people do have too much time on their hands at the moment and for some reason want to cause trouble.

  20. “In your case it appears to be a clear cut attempt to intimidate you out of posting – I hope you don’t listen”

    Thanks for the concern HH and don’t worry I’m not going to be intimidated out of posting,

    I’m happy to give Lancs the benefit of the doubt and assume he didn’t have nefarious intentions but as you point out there’s been some fruity behaviour of late, hopefully everyone will simmer down.

  21. Not like a politico to always assume the best in people.

    Sorry to see your candidate lost in the local elections – better luck next time.

    Where I stood as a council candidate in Bromley 16 years ago the continuing Liberals stood as well, and the impression I got of them was that they were very odd people indeed. Very eccentric ultra-libertarian Conservatives was perhaps the closest description, even then they were exceptionally Eurosceptic. They were friendly with the Tories, even in a flagship Tory borough, and hated both the Lib Dems and Labour. I wonder if it’s the same in Liverpool.

  22. HH
    Re the continuity Liberals in Liverpool its all about Radford, honestly they dont have any policies its just whatever Radford comes out with next or thinks will help him electorally.

    As it is yes they despise everybody on the council, it used to be the Lib Dems Radford despised most but ever since we won a seat in Tuebrook weve become the main recipient if his bile. The Liberal candidate we lost to (Billy Lake) actually seemed like a decent guy, from the outside it just seemed like he got pressured into standing by Radford, Radford hinself though is a uttetly vile individual who engages in some of the dirtiest tricks imaginable, takes credit for things he had nothing to do with and was in no way gracious in victory. Indeed at the count (after it was apparent they had won) i introduced myself (we’d never properly met) and tried to congratulate him…he called me a w**ker and started squaring up to me, i just found the whole thing quite tragic to be honest

  23. Labour have adopted the full IHRA definition of anti-Semitism.

    Better late than never, I suppose.

  24. Why?
    Even the author of the IHRA, Kenneth Stern, warned against institutions adopting it as a formal code of conduct & expressed concern it would be used to silence free speech. Examples were meant to aid in data collection & make no sense as formal rules.

    & Stern has condemned the way it is being used to stifle debateon Israel

  25. Labour Gains a Four Point Lead Over the Conservatives as UKIP Support Picks Up. (Changes vs 7th July)

    CON 37% -1,
    LAB 41% +1,
    LD 6% -4, UKIP 7% +4,
    SNP 3% NC,
    GRE 2% NC, AP 4% -2

    Fieldwork 31st Aug-1st Sep.

  26. Lancs Observer has form in this regard. He has even taken the time to look up the name Tristan in some sort of directory (noting that there were quite a few in Chelsea). Tristan isn’t my first name in any case, and I’m not on any social media at all, but it was still odd and creepy. Rather than be annoyed by him, I actually feel a bit sorry for him…talk about time on your hands. I enjoy slagging him off on here but I have absolutely no interest in who he actually is.

  27. LANCS OBSERVER posts local election results without inforing the changes from last time – which makes them meaningless unless you’re mad and sad enough to spend a huge amount of time looking them all up.

    Poor writing!

  28. HH- that’s bizarre as he seems ok with you on here? I mean I get why he’s pissy with me…fair enough as I’m pissy with him. An interesting state of affairs as although the names mentioned are made of pretty stern stuff.

  29. ‘Joe, Barnaby, Pete and I have all had an impersonator sending messages’

    Definitely seems a personal rather than a political motive given you all differ greatly in political outlook from Pete on the hard right to Barnaby pretty much on the far Left

    It’s bang out of order certainly – but given that the person is unlikely to know all 4 of you, it’s primarily bizarre

  30. I’m not sure either are hard right or far left

  31. ‘I’m not sure either are hard right or far left’

    I’d say it’s a fair description

    If I remember rightly Peter on occasion made posts defending the EDL and other such “patriotic” groups whereas Barnaby supported Diane Abbott in the 2010 Labour leadership election.

    You’d have to ask him but I’d imagine he supported Corbyn in 2015 as well

    They might not have been the two nicest chaps in the world, but they were two of the most informative posters here and this site’s a worst place without them

  32. I can’t say I’ve seen these posts of Pete’s. Ive had a few run ins with him but he’s generally been very polite and disagreements are amicable. Barnaby is lovely. I’ve got on very well with him and I don’t really care how he voted in 2010 or 2015. I voted for Jeremy but I wouldn’t say I was hard left

  33. “I’d say it’s a fair description”

    It’s a fair description of Pete yes. He self identifies as hard right IIRC and spent a lot of time on here admiring Enoch Powell and attacking Mandela.

    My guess is Barnaby probably wouldn’t mind being called hard left as he’s said on here before that he believes in the overthrow of capitalism. I think he voted Remain though, having initially favoured Leave.

    In fact we victims are a perfect cross section, Brexitwise….

    Hard Remainer – Me
    Reluctant Remainer – Barnaby
    Soft Brexiter – JJB
    Hard Brexiter – Pete

  34. “They might not have been the two nicest chaps in the world, but they were two of the most informative posters here and this site’s a worst place without them”

    Fully agree with that, and in personal terms both seem nice people.

    This site has never replaced Pete’s knowledge on boundaries.

  35. I too am a reluctant remainer having flirted with brexit

  36. ‘I too am a reluctant remainer having flirted with Brexit’

    Do you support Corbyn’s current position of essentially backing the government’s approach, if not their specific policies, with regards to Brexit Matt

    It’s a difficult one for Labour as their vote is more evenly split than the Tories on Brexit

  37. Well I think the government have handled the Brexit negotiations poorly. Partly my own naivety as I had assumed that the government would pursue an EEA deal rather than this deal outside the customs union, outside the single market and no alignment. I think the government are responsible for stiring up opposition to the single market, customs union & alignment, and now they can’t go back on that which is why they fudged this customs partnership.

    Labour were right imo to back the government in the A50 vote but while I’m not an economic buff supporting Anna Soubrys motion on customs union seems right to me. Particularly important was our decision to support Dominic Grieves motion on a meaningful vote and the motion on EU medication. The decision to abstain on EEA is clearly a product of this opposition to it whipped up quite successfully and had it been tackled earlier probably could have nipped in the bud

  38. “Partly my own naivety as I had assumed that the government would pursue an EEA deal rather than this deal outside the customs union, outside the single market and no alignment.”

    Many people assumed that, including a fair chunk of Leave Tories. Despite having lived for years in Scandinavia and thus seen/worked with the downside of EFTA/EEA at first hand, it’s the outcome I’d reluctantly favour if we do actually have to leave.

    Theresa May’s daft “Brexit means Brexit” rhetoric at the start of her leadership tied her hands and prevented this sensible approach, even if it were just a stepping stone to a harder Brexit in 5/10 years’ time. It’s worth remembering that people like Farage, Mogg, Jenkin, Bone and Cash were quite friendly to an EEA/Swiss solution some years ago and advocated it frequently in the media; now they view it as the absolute betrayal.

    As a final point, I think the number/importance of Labour Leave voters is exaggerated. Even in some strongly Leave constituencies, it’s likely 2015 Labour voters voted to Remain whilst the Leave majority was made up mostly of Tories, UKIP and non-voters.

  39. Tim: “It’s a difficult one for Labour as their vote is more evenly split than the Tories on Brexit”.

    I disagree. There was a poll just a couple of days ago giving Remain 59/Leave 41. Maybe an outlier but the direction of travel is clear. And most of those switchers are Labour voters.

    Whatever you think of the moral proposition, it is increasingly clear that support for a second referendum is in Labour’s partisan interest.

  40. Hemmy: “As a final point, I think the number/importance of Labour Leave voters is exaggerated. Even in some strongly Leave constituencies, it’s likely 2015 Labour voters voted to Remain whilst the Leave majority was made up mostly of Tories, UKIP and non-voters.”

    I’m sure I saw some research a few months ago that found exactly this (as well as the almost inevitably corollary that Tories in Con/Remain seats still voted mostly for Leave.)

  41. Overall I agree re 2nd referendum and think laboue might come to regret their current position with the likelihood of a hard brexit but the divide in the Tory party is about 65/35 for Brexit despite the majority of Tory mps voting against

    And don’t forget that some of the most pro leave areas were in areas like Barnsley, Stoke and Grimsby which are all staunchly labour

  42. I’m not aware most the switchers are Labour

  43. As someone who opposes a 2nd referendum I don’t do it lightly. Most my decisions are based on whether I’d regret tge decision which is why I voted leave. I don’t believe I could support a 2nd referendum whole heartedly. The EU referendum imo should never have happened which is an opinion I thought I’d never hold and certainly I don’t think there should be another one. Should the next elected government back unilateral return to the EU that would be better imo.

  44. ‘Well I think the government have handled the Brexit negotiations poorly.’

    I think that’s an understatement Matt although I think most governments would struggle to make a success of Brexit negotiations given its essentially one country, albeit one of the most powerful within the bloc, against 27 others and those other countries had little reason to give us the sort of deal that protects us from the worst consequences of the decision we made

    Whilst I still cling to the diminishing hope that we somehow ditch Brexit, a second referendum doesn’t feel right because it’s effectively saying to the public ”you got it wrong the first time so we’ll let you have another go’ which is the sort of thing that will impel Leave voters to the polls and cause some Remain voters to switch to Leave

    And whilst I think Remain would probably, albeit narrowly, win any 2nd referendum, I never thought in a million years that people would vote to leave in the first place so I’ve given up trying to predict the outcome in today’s mad world

  45. I don’t agree though. As I said above and HH has expanded on, had we be talking about an exit on EEA terms then it would have been a much smoother negotiations. As it is the government has driven a wedge into the Norway style arrangement and made any deal unpalatable to Brexitiers.

    The problem with the 2nd ref is there is no winner. If we vote to leave again then what a waste of time if we vote to remain then the last 2 years have been an even bigger waste of time. You kust upset everyone.

  46. @ Matt Wilson

    “I’m not aware most the switchers are Labour ”

    This suggests that they are:

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/aug/11/more-than-100-pro-leave-constituencies-switch-to-remain

  47. There’s little doubt that the leave victory gave the more ardent brexiteers a real spring in their step and they abandoned their previous apparent support for an eea type deal in favour of a clean break ie: hard brexit.

    One suspects such a deal would be more acceptable to May herself than her chequers proposals

  48. But as HH said above even in leave constitencies the majority of Labour voters backed remain. Leave constitencies switching to remain would depend on more than Labour voters in tge constitency that already overwhelmingly voted remain

  49. Hungary clearly has stayed reasonably free of the metropolitan liberal elite, and the malign social effects and copying of them. Very refreshing. I don’t speak much of the language but having observed on three visits I think they can be good friends of Britain. Good at technical skills and we need strong trade relations with them in the future, and we will.

  50. Oh bugger off to 4chan. If you’re going to impersonate someone else at least don’t make it so obvious.

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