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Islington South and Finsbury
Borough constituency
IslingtonSouthFinsburyConstituency.svg
Islington South and Finsbury shown within Greater London
Created: 1974
MP: Emily Thornberry
Party: Labour
Type: House of Commons
County: Greater London
EP constituency: London

Islington South and Finsbury 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.

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Boundaries

The seat covers the southern part of the London Borough of Islington, including Barnsbury, Canonbury, parts of Holloway and Kings Cross and the former area of the Metropolitan Borough of Finsbury, which includes Bunhill, Pentonville and Clerkenwell. Its boundaries will remain unchanged for the 2010 general election.

Member of Parliament

Election Member Party
Feb 1974 George Cunningham Labour
1982 SDP
1983 Chris Smith Labour
2005 Emily Thornberry Labour

Election results

Confirmed candidates for the next UK general election [1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Antonia Cox
Liberal Democrat Bridget Fox
Green James Humphreys
Labour Emily Thornberry
General Election 2005: Islington South and Finsbury
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Emily Thornberry 12,345 39.9 -14.0
Liberal Democrat Bridget Fox 11,861 38.3 +10.2
Conservative Melanie McLean 4,594 14.8 +1.1
Green James Humphreys 1,471 4.8 N/A
UKIP Patricia Theophanides 470 1.5 N/A
Monster Raving Loony Andy the Hat Gardner 189 0.6 N/A
Independent Chris Gidden 31 0.1 N/A
Majority 484 1.6
Turnout 30,961 53.6 +6.2
Labour hold Swing -12.1
General Election 2001: Islington South & Finsbury
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Chris Smith 15,217 53.9 -8.6
Liberal Democrat Keith Sharp 7,937 28.1 +6.8
Conservative Nicky Morgan 3,860 13.7 +0.7
Socialist Alliance Janine Booth 817 2.9 N/A
Independent Thomas McCarthy 276 1.0 +0.5
Stuckist Party Charles Thomson 108 0.4 N/A
Majority 7,280 25.8
Turnout 28,215 47.4 -16.3
Labour hold Swing

Politics and history of the constituency

Islington was an early stronghold for the Social Democratic Party in which all three sitting Labour MPs defected to the party together with a majority of the Borough Council. However, in the 1983 general election Labour managed to retain the constituency narrowly. The new MP, Chris Smith, was the first MP to come out as gay and was identified with the Labour left, and kept the seat with a slight increase in his majority in 1987. By 1992 the Liberal Democrats had faded and no longer had the former MP as a candidate and Smith managed a five figure majority.

The Liberal Democrat revival in local elections in Islington, which saw them take control of the council in 2000, began to translate to Parliamentary elections in 2001. In 2002, the Liberal Democrats won every council seat in Islington South & Finsbury, and Smith's subsequent retirement and the resultant loss of incumbency made the constituency vulnerable once again in 2005. However Smith's successor, Emily Thornberry, retained the seat with a narrow majority (484 votes) over the Liberal Democrat challenger, Bridget Fox.[2] The seat is now one of the ten most marginal in the UK. However, in the local council elections a year later, Labour experienced something of a resurgence and won a majority of the seats in Islington South & Finsbury, defeating both Bridget Fox and the then council leader Steve Hitchins.[3]

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Coordinates: 51°32′17″N 0°06′22″W / 51.538°N 0.106°W / 51.538; -0.106

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