Finchley and Golders Green (UK Parliament constituency)
|Finchley and Golders Green|
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Finchley and Golders Green in Greater London
|Electorate||71,595 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Finchley, Hampstead Garden Suburb, Golders Green and Cricklewood|
|Member of Parliament||Mike Freer (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Finchley, Hendon South|
Finchley and Golders Green is a constituency[n 1] created in 1997 represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament. The current MP is Mike Freer of the Conservative Party, who has held the seat since 2010.[n 2]
1997–2010: The London Borough of Barnet wards of Childs Hill, East Finchley, Finchley, Garden Suburb, Golders Green, St Paul's, and Woodhouse.
2010–present: As above; less St Paul's, plus West Finchley and replacing Finchley with Finchley Church End.
The constituency covers Finchley, Golders Green, Childs Hill and Hampstead Garden Suburb in the London Borough of Barnet. It was created in 1997 largely replacing the abolished constituency of Finchley—plus major parts of abolished Hendon South, less some of its wards transferred to the Chipping Barnet seat which covers Barnet. Specifically the creation saw the removal of Friern Barnet and the addition of Golders Green, Childs Hill and Hampstead Garden Suburb.
2007 boundary review
Under a review of parliamentary representation, and as a consequence of changes to ward boundaries, the Boundary Commission for England recommended in a boundary report published in 2007 that:
- parts of Golders Green ward and Finchley Church End ward be transferred from Hendon
- part of Woodhouse ward be transferred from Chipping Barnet;
- parts of Mill Hill ward and Coppetts ward be transferred to Hendon and Chipping Barnet respectively.
These changes took effect at the 2010 general election.
The majority of the constituency's territory was previously in the former Finchley seat, created in 1918, and was most famously represented by former Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher between 1959–1992; although boundary changes meant that she never again attained her large majority of 1959, and was re-elected by a 10-point margin in 1974, she was nonetheless returned by majorities exceeding 9,000 votes at general elections throughout her premiership. Since the nominal result at the 1992 general election, and officially from its creation, the seat has been a national bellwether.
The 2015 general election result gave the seat the 65th most marginal majority of the Conservative Party's 331 seats by percentage of majority.
The area is relatively hilly for Greater London and has numerous London Underground stations. Finchley and Golders Green was overwhelmingly built on in the first half of the 20th century when it was at the fringe of London. The area has since the coming of the railways had little industry of its own, its local economy tending towards high street retail and tradespeople and instead, the workforce has a high proportion of central London commuters.
In common with much of the London Borough of Barnet, the local housing stock is larger than the London average; most houses have gardens greatly exceeding their footprint and there are many older subdivided townhouses. The proportion of social housing and ex-council housing is lower than the London average and is in varying condition, unlike many urban hubs in the capital which have seen greater redevelopment of neglected housing stock. It is a mostly affluent and middle-class constituency, but has historically strong Labour Party support in areas of East and West Finchley. Over 20% of residents are Jewish.
Members of Parliament
According to Rallings and Thrasher, the boundary changes which came into force for the general election of 2010 meant that this seat notionally already had a Conservative majority, albeit a very small one.
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrats||Luciana Berger||17,600||31.9||25.3|
|Liberal Democrats||Jonathan Davies||3,463||6.6||+3.3|
|Liberal Democrats||Jonathan Davies||1,662||3.3||−13.8|
|Liberal Democrats||Laura Edge||8,036||17.0||N/A|
|Conservative win (new boundaries)|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrats||Susan Garden||7,282||16.9||+4.8|
|UKIP||Jeremy C. Jacobs||453||1.0||+0.2|
|Rainbow Dream Ticket||Rainbow George Weiss||110||0.3||+0.3|
|Liberal Democrats||Sarah Teather||5,266||12.1||+0.8|
|UKIP||John A. de Roeck||330||0.8||+0.3|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrats||Jonathan M. Davies||5,670||11.3||N/A|
|Referendum||Gary D. Shaw||684||1.4||N/A|
|UKIP||David N.G. Barraclough||205||0.4||N/A|
|Labour win (new seat)|
- Finchley (UK Parliament constituency), approximate predecessor
- Hendon South (UK Parliament constituency), half of which was merged with Finchley
- List of Parliamentary constituencies in Greater London
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures – Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Archived from the original on 6 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- List of Conservative MPs elected in 2015 by % majority UK Political.info. Retrieved 2017-01-29
- "UK Polling Report".
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "F"
- General Election 2010 – Finchley & Golders Green BBC News
- "Election of a Member of Parliament for the Finchley and Golders Green Parliamentary Constituency: Statement of Persons Nominated and Notice of Poll" (PDF). London Borough of Barnet. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
- "Finchley & Golders Green parliamentary constituency - Election 2019". BBC News.
- "Finchley & Golders Green parliamentary constituency". BBC News.
- "House Of Commons Library 2017 Election report" (PDF).
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Archived copy". 9 July 2015. Archived from the original on 20 November 2015. Retrieved 2015-08-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Finchley & Golders Green parliamentary constituency - Election 2017" – via www.bbc.co.uk.
- "UK ELECTION RESULTS". electionresults.blogspot.co.uk.
- "Richard King, UKIP PPC for Finchley and Golders Green". ukipbarnet.org. Archived from the original on 2015-02-20.
- James Caven. "'We aren't going away': Lib Dems choose candidate for Finchley and Golders Green". Times Series.
- "Our candidates – Barnet Green Party". barnetgreenparty.co.uk. Archived from the original on 2015-01-29.
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- BBC News|Election 2010|Constituency|Finchley & Golders Green news.bbc.co.uk, retrieved 27 July 2012
- "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- Politics Resources (Election results from 1922 onwards)
- Electoral Calculus (Election results from 1955 onwards)
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| UK Parliament constituency
1997 – present