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.
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.
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:
The deadline for all candidates to register their official nominations is April 9th.
2010 Election Results for Holborn and St Pancras