General Election 2024 London seats: Who will be my MP in Keir Starmer's seat of Holborn and St Pancras

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and his wife Victoria arriving to vote in their constituency for the local and London mayoral elections on May 2 (Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire)
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and his wife Victoria arriving to vote in their constituency for the local and London mayoral elections on May 2 (Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire)

Millions of voters across London will go to the polls on July 4 to elect the new Government. The Standard is looking at battleground seats in the capital. Here we turn the spotlight on:

HOLBORN AND ST PANCRAS

Candidates for main parties (in alphabetical order):

Charlie Clinton - Liberal Democrats

Mehreen Malik - Conservative

Dave Roberts - Reform UK

David Robert Stansell - Green

Sir Keir Starmer - Labour

Summary: If ever a constituency offered a microcosm of London life, Holborn and St Pancras is it.

Sir Keir Starmer’s seat since he first stood for Parliament in 2015, it stretches from regenerated Kings Cross in the south via Regent’s Park, Camden and Primrose Hill to well-to-do Kentish Town, where the Labour leader lives (for now) with wife Victoria and their teenaged children.

Behind Kings Cross lies Somers Town, one of Britain’s most deprived areas, which Sir Keir has taken to referencing as emblematic of the challenges he wants to address if he’s elected Prime Minister.

Children at schools in Somers Town can look out of their classroom window to the back of Kings Cross and the presence there of cutting-edge companies such as Google, he said in May.

“But they can’t even imagine their future in those terms. That’s a few hundred yards and they can’t make that leap,” he said. “I want every child, whatever their backgrounds, to think success belongs to them. That they don’t have to change who they are just to get on.”

Wards: Bloomsbury; Camden Square; Camden Town; Haverstock; Holborn & Covent Garden; Kentish Town North; Kentish Town South; King's Cross; polling district TBC in Primrose Hill ward; Regent's Park; St. Pancras & Somers Town.

Constituency map of Holborn and St Pancras (purple shaded area shows old boundaries) (© OpenStreetMap contributors | © CARTO)
Constituency map of Holborn and St Pancras (purple shaded area shows old boundaries) (© OpenStreetMap contributors | © CARTO)

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Boundary changes impact: Holborn and St Pancras is losing a chunk to Hampstead & Highgate, but Sir Keir’s thumping majority (27,763 in 2019) is safe from harm.

YouGov MRP poll prediction: Labour hold.

Evening Standard view: Assuming Labour doesn’t blow its 20-point lead in the polls, Sir Keir is set for a move out of his constituency home and into Downing Street. (Security concerns would almost certainly rule out his continuing to stay in the terraced family home in Kentish Town.)

The only question is whether the whole family will make the move including the kids, a boy aged 15 and 13-year-old girl. In January, on ITV’s This Morning, Sir Keir revealed his daughter had made up her mind already.

“My daughter said to me ‘If you do win the General Election, are you going to move into Downing Street?’” he told host Alison Hammond. “I said ‘we take each step as we go’. Then deadpan, she looks at me and says ‘Just to let you know, I’m not coming’.”

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