Holborn & St Pancras

2015 Result:
Conservative: 12014 (21.9%)
Labour: 29062 (52.9%)
Lib Dem: 3555 (6.5%)
Green: 7013 (12.8%)
UKIP: 2740 (5%)
Others: 533 (1%)
MAJORITY: 17048 (31%)

Category: Very safe Labour seat

Geography: Greater London. Part of Camden council area.

Main population centres: Holborn, Camden Town, Primrose Hill, Kentish Town, Highgate.

Profile: A long slim inner-city seat, stretching from the fringes of the City of London at Holborn, past the museums and university collages of Bloomsbury to St Pancras and King Cross station, still regarded as a grim red light district despite the regeneration that greeted the new Eurostar terminal at St Pancras. Northwards the seat covers the vibrant trendy areas like Camden Town with its market and music venues, the fashionable victorian terraces of Primrose Hill, the large council estates of Kentish Town and Maitland Park, Gospel Oak and the leafy affluence of Parliament Hill and Highgate. There are extremely high house prices here, but only around a quarter of the population are owner-occupiers, with most of the housing social housing or private rental.

Politics: Traditionally this has been a safe Labour seat and was retained by Labour throughout the 1980s. Almost half the housing is social housing and there is a significant Bangladeshi Muslim population. The more inner-city and southern part of the constituency is solidly Labour. The Greens have some strength in the seat and in 2015 it was contested by their party leader, Natalie Bennett

Current MP
KEIR STARMER (Labour) Born 1962, Southwark. Educated at Reigate Grammar and Leeds University. Former Director of Public Prosecutions. First elected as MP for Holborn & St Pancras in 2015. Appointed KCB in 2014 for services to law and criminal justice.
Past Results
Con: 11134 (20%)
Lab: 25198 (46%)
LDem: 15256 (28%)
GRN: 1480 (3%)
Oth: 1581 (3%)
MAJ: 9942 (18%)
Con: 6482 (19%)
Lab: 14857 (43%)
LDem: 10070 (29%)
GRN: 2798 (8%)
Oth: 152 (0%)
MAJ: 4787 (14%)
Con: 5258 (17%)
Lab: 16770 (54%)
LDem: 5595 (18%)
GRN: 1875 (6%)
Oth: 1631 (5%)
MAJ: 11175 (36%)
Con: 6804 (18%)
Lab: 24707 (65%)
LDem: 4750 (13%)
Oth: 946 (2%)
MAJ: 17903 (47%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

2015 Candidates
WILL BLAIR (Conservative) Educated at Sherborne School and Oxford University. Associate director of a PR and Communications company.
KEIR STARMER (Labour) Born 1962, Southwark. Educated at Reigate Grammar and Leeds University. Barrister and former Director of Public Prosecutions. Appointed KCB in 2014 for services to law and criminal justice.
JILL FRASER (Liberal Democrat) Born Essex. Works in a chip shop. Camden councillor 2003-2012. Contested Holborn and St Pancras 2005.
MAXINE SPENCER (UKIP) Born Hampstead. Full time carer. Contested Holborn and St Pancras 2010.
NATALIE BENNETT (Green) Born 1966, Australia. Educated at MLC School and Sydney University. Journalist. Contested Holborn and St Pancras 2010. Leader of the Green party since 2012.
DAVID O`SULLIVAN (Socialist Equality)
VANESSA HUDSON (Animal Welfare) Born Sheffield. Educated at Liverpool University. Media producer. Contested London 2014 European election.
Comments - 656 Responses on “Holborn & St Pancras”
  1. Goes without saying – although quite a few health workers have taken to Twitter to point it out – the surest way to thank workers is to value them by providing proper resources and good pay.

    A starting salary of gross £2000 per month for a nurse is way too low, especially in London where the average one bedroom flat is £1500pm and even in the cheapest far flung parts it will cost £1100 – £1200pm.

    On the Labour leadership: the result will be at 10:45am tomorrow. The Guardian is reporting “nearly 785,000 party members and affiliated members have voted, according to official figures”, which belittles the 138,809 Tory party members who voted in the Tory leadership contest.

  2. Result coming up at 11am. Prediction: KS 53% RLB 33% LS 14%.

  3. As predicted: Posh ex-Trot & no GCSEs won the day – although even half of their own Party didn’t want them.

    With Layla as next LD Leader next year, I don’t see any talent for the foreseeable asking Qs from the other side at PMQs. They may just repel more voters.

  4. Members

    Starmer 56.1%
    Long Bailey 29.3
    Nandy 14.6

    Registered supporters

    Starmer 78.6
    Nandy 16.4
    Long Bailey 5


    Starmer 53.1
    Nandy 24.6
    Long Bailey 22.3

  5. Deepthroat – reality hurts, doesn’t it? You have proven my very point. All those marches – and oh yes, they were numerous – and for what?

    At least it’s proven the point that those oh so necessary guards weren’t needed after all!

    Herd immunity is the eventual outcome, not an aim to achieve asap. [If you honestly can’t comprehend that, you have more problems than just your Corbynista outlook] But then, of course, the Labour leadership never do honestly believe their rhetoric. Just pure lies from Jennifer’s ear to the “bedroom tax” and “dementia tax” and oh how so clever Keir thought he was by thinking up Parliament’s letter to the EU. All backfired and deservedly so.

    My point was actually a serious one: banners and marches are easy; but, when solidarity is called for the unions have been found wanting. Postman and firemen and DWP staff are led by Trots such as Serwotka and they deserve better.

  6. What a nasty attack on a fellow contributor. I’m not aware Deepthroat is a Corbynite. I don’t think he’s even a member of the Labour Party. Some of his posts are perhaps from a left leaning perspective but that doesn’t seem to warrant such abuse

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