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Holborn and St Pancras

2010 Results:
Conservative: 11134 (20.37%)
Labour: 25198 (46.11%)
Liberal Democrat: 15256 (27.92%)
BNP: 779 (1.43%)
UKIP: 587 (1.07%)
Green: 1480 (2.71%)
English Democrat: 75 (0.14%)
Independent: 140 (0.26%)
Majority: 9942 (18.19%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Labour: 19335 (44.1%)
Liberal Democrat: 12320 (28.1%)
Conservative: 8665 (19.8%)
Other: 3543 (8.1%)
Majority: 7015 (16%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 6482 (18.9%)
Labour: 14857 (43.2%)
Liberal Democrat: 10070 (29.3%)
Green: 2798 (8.1%)
Other: 152 (0.4%)
Majority: 4787 (13.9%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 5258 (16.9%)
Labour: 16770 (53.9%)
Liberal Democrat: 5595 (18%)
UKIP: 301 (1%)
Green: 1875 (6%)
Other: 1330 (4.3%)
Majority: 11175 (35.9%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 6804 (17.9%)
Labour: 24707 (65%)
Liberal Democrat: 4750 (12.5%)
Referendum: 790 (2.1%)
Other: 946 (2.5%)
Majority: 17903 (47.1%)

Boundary changes: Significant changes due to the Boroughs of Brent and Camden being paired. Gains the vast majority of Gospel Oak and Highgate wards, part of Haverstock and part of Camden Town with Primrose Hill.

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 though it is being redeveloped ready for 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, Conservative Gospel Oak and the leafy affluence of Parliament Hill and Highgate.

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 Liberal Democrats have however been gaining strength in the seat, as have the Greens who hold two council seats in Highgate. The boundary changes make the seat more secure for Labour, but there is potential for a Liberal Democrat challenge.

This seat was already oversized based on the year 2000 population figures used by the boundary review when it had a population of 78,307. This had swollen to 85,188 by 2005 making it one of the most populus constituencies in the country. With the large scale redevelopment around Kings Cross St Pancras it is likely to be even more unwieldy in future years.

portraitCurrent MP: Frank Dobson(Labour) born 1940, York. Educated at Archbishop Holgate`s Grammar School and the LSE. Worked for the Electricty board prior to his election. Camden councillor 1971-75, council leader 1973-1975. First elected as MP for Holborn and St Pancras South in 1979. Spokesman on various issues throughout the 1980s, he was appointed Secretary of State for health on Labour`s election victory in 1997. He remained in post for only two years before being pursuaded to stand for London Mayor. He won the Labour nomination against Ken Livingstone, but was decisively beaten in the actual election. Since then he has been a regular critic of the government and opponant of the war in Iraq (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitGeorge Lee (Conservative) Born Hong Kong. Former Chief Inspector in the Metropolitan Police.
portraitFrank Dobson(Labour) born 1940, York. Educated at Archbishop Holgate`s Grammar School and the LSE. Worked for the Electricty board prior to his election. Camden councillor 1971-75, council leader 1973-1975. First elected as MP for Holborn and St Pancras South in 1979. Spokesman on various issues throughout the 1980s, he was appointed Secretary of State for health on Labour`s election victory in 1997. He remained in post for only two years before being pursuaded to stand for London Mayor. He won the Labour nomination against Ken Livingstone, but was decisively beaten in the actual election. Since then he has been a regular critic of the government and opponant of the war in Iraq (more information at They work for you)
portraitJo Shaw (Liberal Democrat) born London. Educated at Leeds University. Barrister specialising in housing, employment and family law.
portraitNatalie Bennett (Green) Educated at University of Sydney. Journalist.
portraitMaxine Spencer (UKIP)
portraitRobert Carlyle (BNP)
portraitMikel Susperregi (English Democrat)
portraitJohn Chapman (Independent)
portraitIain Meek (Independent)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 121443
Male: 48.4%
Female: 51.6%
Under 18: 20.4%
Over 60: 13.8%
Born outside UK: 34.9%
White: 70.2%
Black: 9%
Asian: 12.7%
Mixed: 3.8%
Other: 4.3%
Christian: 47.9%
Hindu: 1.4%
Jewish: 2.5%
Muslim: 14.1%
Full time students: 13.4%
Graduates 16-74: 41.1%
No Qualifications 16-74: 21%
Owner-Occupied: 29.6%
Social Housing: 47.5% (Council: 33.9%, Housing Ass.: 13.6%)
Privately Rented: 18.4%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 8.9%

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