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Islington North
Borough constituency
IslingtonNorthConstituency.svg
Islington North shown within Greater London
Created: 1885
MP: Jeremy Corbyn
Party: Labour
Type: House of Commons
County: Greater London
EP constituency: London

Islington North is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election. At 727 hectares (1,800 acres), it is the smallest UK Parliamentary constituency by area.[1]

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Boundaries

Islington North in the Metropolitan area, showing boundaries used from 1885 to 1918.
Islington North in the London County Council area, showing boundaries used from 1918 to 1950.
Islington North in the London County Council area, showing boundaries used from 1950 to 1974.

The seat covers the northern half of the London Borough of Islington, which includes the areas of Holloway, Highbury, Tufnell Park and Archway.

These boundaries have been considerably changed since 1970, when Islington returned three MPs and shared another with Hackney. This reflects the depopulation of central London as people move to leafier suburbs and the local authority seeks to obtain lower housing densities. The core of the constituency was the area north of Seven Sisters Road and Camden Road.

Members of Parliament

Election Member Party
1885 constituency created
1885 Sir George Trout Bartley Conservative
1906 David Sydney Waterlow Liberal
Dec. 1910 Sir George Touche Conservative
1918 Sir Newton James Moore Conservative
1923 William Henry Cowan Conservative
1929 Robert Young Labour
1931 Albert William Goodman Conservative
1937 Dr Leslie Haden-Guest Labour
1950 Ronw Moelwyn Hughes Labour
1951 Wilfred Fienburgh Labour
1958 Gerald Reynolds Labour
1969 Michael O'Halloran Labour
1981 SDP
1983 'Independent Labour'
1983 Jeremy Corbyn Labour

Election results

Elections 2000s 1990s 1980s 1970s 1960s 1950s 1940s 1930s 1920s 1910s
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Elections in the 2000s

General Election 2005: Islington North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jeremy Corbyn 16,118 51.2 -10.7
Liberal Democrat Laura Willoughby 9,402 29.9 +10.9
Conservative Nicola Talbot 3,740 11.9 +1.1
Green Jon Nott 2,234 7.1 +0.9
Majority 6,716 21.3
Turnout 31,494 53.9 +5.1
Labour hold Swing -10.8
General Election 2001: Islington North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jeremy Corbyn 18,699 61.9 -7.4
Liberal Democrat Laura Willoughby 5,741 19.0 +5.4
Conservative Neil Rands 3,249 10.8 -2.2
Green Chris Ashby 1,876 6.2 +2.0
Socialist Labour Stephen Cook 512 1.7 N/A
Reform 2000 Party Emine Hassan 139 0.5 N/A
Majority 12,958 42.9
Turnout 30,216 48.8 -13.7
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s

General Election 1997: Islington North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jeremy Corbyn 24,834 69.3 +11.9
Liberal Democrat James Kempton 4,879 13.6 −1.5
Conservative Simon Fawthrop 4,631 12.9 −10.8
Green Chris Ashby 1,516 4.2 +0.4
Majority 19,955
Turnout 62.5
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1992: Islington North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jeremy Corbyn 21,742 57.4 +7.4
Conservative M. L. Champagnie 8,958 23.7 −1.6
Liberal Democrat Sarah Ludford 5,732 15.1 −6.7
Green Chris Ashby 1,420 3.8 +0.9
Majority 12,784 33.7
Turnout 66.6
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1980s

General Election 1987: Islington North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jeremy Corbyn 19,577 50.0 +9.6
Conservative E. G. Noad 9,920 25.3 0.0
SDP-Liberal Alliance A. Whelan 8,560 21.8 −0.6
Green Chris Ashby 1,131 2.9 N/A
Majority 9,657 24.7
Turnout 66.5
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1983: Islington North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jeremy Corbyn 14,951 40.4 −12.2
Conservative D. A. Coleman 9,344 25.3 −8.3
SDP-Liberal Alliance John Grant 8,268 22.4 +13.5
Independent Labour Michael O'Halloran 4,091 11.1 N/A
BNP L. A. D. Bearsford-Walker 176 0.5 N/A
Independent R. A. J. Lincoln 134 0.4 N/A
Majority 9,657 24.7
Turnout 66.5
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s

General Election 1979: Islington North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Michael O'Halloran 12,317 52.6 −5.3
Conservative N. Kerr 7,861 33.6 +6.1
Liberal K. Clarke 2,079 8.9 −3.3
National Front S. Hook 501 2.1 N/A
Socialist Unity M. Simpson 438 1.9 N/A
Workers' Revolutionary R. McCullogh 217 0.9 N/A
Majority 4,456 19.0
Turnout 61.2
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Islington North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Michael O'Halloran 12,973 57.9 +6.6
Conservative Arthur Wellesley, Marquess of Douro 6,155 27.5 +1.7
Liberal M. Davenport 2,736 12.2 −5.1
Labour and Democrat D. Fallon 558 2.5 +0.3
Majority 6,818 30.4 +4.9
Turnout 54.2 −8.9
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Islington North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Michael O'Halloran 13,332 51.3 −7.4
Conservative G. Wolfson 6,704 25.8 −9.8
Liberal M. Davenport 4,503 17.3 N/A
National Front J. Score 871 3.4 −2.2
Labour and Democrat D. Fallon 570 2.2 N/A
Majority 6,628 25.5
Turnout 63.1
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1970: Islington North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Michael O'Halloran 13,010 58.7
Conservative D. Pearce 7,862 35.6
National Front B. Green 1,232 5.6
Majority 5,148 23.3
Turnout 49.0
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s

Islington North by-election, 1969
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Michael O'Halloran 7,288 49.2 −10.2
Conservative Andrew Pearce 5,754 38.9 +8.2
Liberal Eric Thwaites 1,514 10.2 +0.4
Independent Socialist Austin Williams 245 1.7 N/A
Majority 1,534 10.4 −18.4
Turnout 14,801
Labour hold Swing −9.2

Elections in the 1950s

General Election 1959: Islington North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Michael O'Halloran 18,718 55.8 −11.0
Conservative Ronald Bartle 14,820 44.2 +13.9
Majority 3,898 11.6 −26.3
Turnout 33,538 62.0
Labour hold Swing −12.5
Islington North by-election, 1958
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Gerry Reynolds 13,159 66.8 +6.4
Conservative Ronald Bartle 5,968 30.3 −9.4
Ind. Labour Party Jim McKie 576 2.9 N/A
Majority 7,461 37.9 +17.2
Turnout 19,703
Labour hold Swing +7.9
General Election 1955: Islington North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Wilfred Fienburgh 22,100 60.3 +0.7
Conservative E. Mackinnon 14,522 39.7 −0.7
Majority 7,578 20.7 +1.4
Turnout 64.7 −13.1
Labour hold Swing +0.7
General Election 1951: Islington North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Wilfred Fienburgh 27,406 59.6 +1.7
Conservative Graham Page 18,541 40.4 +3.2
Majority 8,865 19.3 −1.4
Turnout 45,947 77.8 +0.8
Labour hold Swing −0.8
General Election 1950: Islington North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ronw Moelwyn Hughes 26,354 57.9 −9.5
Conservative Graham Page 16,935 37.2 +4.6
Liberal R. E. Burns 2,189 4.8 N/A
Majority 9,419 20.7 −14.1
Turnout 45,478 76.7 +9.5
Labour hold Swing −7.1

Elections in the 1940s

General Election 1945: Islington North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Leslie Haden-Guest 23,234 67.4 +14.9
Conservative C. A. U Rhys 11,240 32.6 −14.9
Majority 11,994 34.8 +29.8
Turnout 67.2 +26.8
Labour hold Swing +14.9

Elections in the 1930s

Islington North by-election, 1937
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Leslie Haden-Guest 13,523 52.5 +6.9
Conservative Sir Wilfrid Sugden 12,227 47.5 −6.9
Majority 1,296 5.0
Turnout 27,750 40.4 −19.3
Labour gain from Conservative Swing 6.9

Elections in the 1920s

Elections in the 1910s

General Election 1918: Islington North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Newton Moore 14,183 68.5
British Socialist Party John Arnall 4,000 19.3
Liberal N. T. C. Sargant 2,529 12.2
Majority 49.2 10,183
Turnout 18,412 49.6
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing

Further information

Michael O'Halloran, elected Labour MP for Islington North in 1969, was the subject of an investigation in the early 1970s by The Sunday Times newspaper. They highlighted his background with a local building company and the local Irish community and queried the tactics of his supporters during his selection as candidate.

O'Halloran joined the SDP in September 1981, as did both of the other Islington MPs. However the Boundary Commission cut the number of constituencies in Islington from three to two. O'Halloran sought selection as the SDP candidate for the revised Islington North constituency but the local SDP association selected John Grant, then SDP (elected as Labour) MP for Islington Central, as its official candidate. In February 1983, O'Halloran resigned his membership of the SDP and sat in Parliament as an "Independent Labour" member, supporting the Parliamentary Labour Party. Despite this, he failed to regain the Labour Party nomination for the 1983 General Election and he was defeated by the new Labour candidate, Jeremy Corbyn, coming fourth with 11.1% of the vote.

Corbyn defeated Paul Boateng for the Labour Party selection. Boateng subsequently became the first black Cabinet Minister in the UK.

See also

References

Bibliography

  • Iain Dale, ed (2003). The Times House of Commons 1929, 1931, 1935. Politico's (reprint). ISBN 1-84275-033-X.  
  • The Times House of Commons 1945. The Times. 1945.  
  • The Times House of Commons 1950. The Times. 1950.  
  • The Times House of Commons 1955. The Times. 1955.  
  • Craig, F. W. S. (1983) [1969]. British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3rd edition ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.  


Coordinates: 51°33′40″N 0°06′50″W / 51.561°N 0.114°W / 51.561; -0.114


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