Foreword by the Chair
Dear Labour Party member,
Welcome to Holborn & St. Pancras Constituency Labour Party (CLP). We are a very active and vibrant CLP where all members have the opportunity to make a contribution and support the objectives of our party.
A local party like ours is successful because our members volunteer their time and contribute to our efforts to secure a Labour government once again and get our MP and leader of the Labour Party Keir Starmer into Downing Street.
I would love you to get involved. You can contribute by coming along to your local branch meeting or our constituency meetings to discuss local and national issues; by joining our regular campaigning sessions on the doorstep; or by coming to our social occasions and special events that are put on by the CLP throughout the year.
Whether you are a member who has recently joined to support Keir, or someone who has been a member for several years, we hope this guide will provide you with all you need to know to make the most of being a member of the Labour Party in Holborn & St. Pancras.
To win an election and get a much-needed Labour government we need members to get involved and join with us. We really want to hear from you so please do get in touch.
I look forward to seeing you soon.
Chair, Holborn & St. Pancras Constituency Labour Party
A Bit About Us
The constituency of Holborn and St. Pancras parliamentary was created in 1983 when the parliamentary seats of Holborn and St. Pancras South and most of St. Pancras North were merged to form a single constituency. Holborn & St. Pancras Constituency Labour Party (CLP) is one of the largest in the country with over 3,000 members.
Keir Starmer, the Leader of the Opposition, is our MP. He works closely with Georgia Gould, the Leader of Camden Council since May 2017.
Since its formation the seat of Holborn & St. Pancras has been represented by only two Members of Parliament (MP) – both Labour. The late Frank Dobson was MP from 1983-2015 (having previously served as MP for Holborn & St. Pancras South from 1979-1983). When Frank retired the members selected Keir Starmer to represent us. In May 2015 Keir was elected MP with 52.9% of the vote, a majority of 17,048 votes. In June 2017 Keir was re-elected MP with 70.1% of the vote, a majority of 30,509 votes. And in the December 2019 election Keir was again re-elected with 64.5% of the vote, a majority of 27,763.
Keir Starmer served as the Shadow Brexit Secretary before becoming the leader of the Labour Party in April 2020, winning on the first ballot.
Each London Borough of Camden ward is represented by two or three councillors. Currently Labour holds 46 out of the 55 seats across the whole Borough.
The constituency boundaries run roughly from Leicester Square north up past Regents Park to Kenwoood House, then East across to Highgate Village then South down past St Pancras and Kings Cross Stations to Farringdon, before turning West through Lincolns Inn Fields and Covent Garden.
Holborn & St. Pancras CLP is home to 13 of the London Borough of Camden’s wards:
- Gospel Oak
- Kentish Town North
- Kentish Town South
- Camden Square
- Primrose Hill
- Camden Town
- St Pancras and Somers Town
- Regent’s Park
- King’s Cross
- Holborn and Covent Garden.
The remaining Camden wards – in the west of the borough – are in the neighbouring constituency of Hampstead and Kilburn.