General Election 2015

Will Holborn and St Pancras elect a future Labour Attorney General?

"Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, Crown Prosecution Service, UK (8450776372)" by Chatham House - Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, Crown Prosecution Service, UKUploaded by January. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Sir Keir Starmer QC, former Director of Public Prosecutions, by Chatham House – Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, Crown Prosecution Service, Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Scarlett Stansell and Rosie Cutler Reporting

Holborn and St Pancras is expected to be an interesting constituency to cover because two of the candidates are national figures.

Labour’s hope is the former Director of Public Prosecutions Sir Keir Starmer.

Standing for the Green Party is leader Natalie Bennett- perhaps better known for her ‘brain fade’ interview on LBC Radio.

Map of the UK Parliament constituency of Holborn and St Pancras. Image: Wikimedia, public domain.

Map of the UK Parliament constituency of Holborn and St Pancras. Image: Wikimedia, public domain.

Traditionally a Labour stronghold, the parliamentary seat has been held by Frank Dobson since 1979, but this year he has stood down at the age of 75.

In May 2010 Dobson had been elected for the third time with a majority of 10,000.

When Dobson was asked why he was standing down his response was:

[I turned] 75 on the 15th of March. I don’t feel too bad. I feel pretty good. If it’s a five year parliament I would be 80; 80 is getting a bit long in the tooth.

Dobson’s successor, Sir Keir Starmer was a human rights QC before taking charge of the Crown Prosecution Service as DPP.

He was the law chief responsible for approving the criminal prosecutions of tabloid journalists and their sources for phone hacking and paying for stories.

If elected he is tipped to become a cabinet minister perhaps in the role of Attorney General.

Holborn and St Pancras is seen as something of a safe Labour seat.

So why has the leader of the Green Party leader Natalie Bennett decided to take it on?

Her chances appear near impossible.

Her answer is simply that she lives there – so why not run for the area in which she lives?

And she stood for the seat in the last General Election in 2010 before being elected Green Party leader two years later.

There are still many fringe parties running and hoping to be elected.

The current list candidates standing for Holborn and St Pancras 2015 are:

Labour Party – Sir Keir Starmer

Green Party – Natalie Bennett

Conservative Party – Will Blair

UK Independence Party (UKIP) – Maxine Spencer 

Liberal Democrats – Jill Fraser

Socialist Equality Party – David O’Sullivan

Cannabis is Safer than Alcohol – Shane O’Donnell

The deadline for all candidates to register their official nominations is April 9th.

2010 Election Results for Holborn and St Pancras

Click here to view polling report of Holborn and St Pancras in the 2010 Election.

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