for the House of Commons
Boundary of Chipping Barnet in Greater London
|Population||111,973 (2011 census)|
|Electorate||76,455 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||High Barnet/Chipping Barnet, Whetstone, New Barnet, East Barnet, Totteridge, Friern Barnet, Arkley, Brunswick Park, Colney Hatch|
|Member of Parliament||Theresa Villiers (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
Chipping Barnet is a constituency[n 1] created in 1974 represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2005 by Theresa Villiers of the Conservative Party. Villiers was the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland from 2012 until 2016 under the leadership of Prime Minister David Cameron before she was dismissed when the incoming Prime Minister Theresa May took office. Boris Johnson appointed her as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in July 2019 before she was sacked in February 2020.[n 2] It is part of the London Borough of Barnet.
The constituency is slightly more elevated than the surrounding areas. Barnet was once a narrow projection of Hertfordshire into the county of Middlesex, and consisted of an agricultural market town. The town became well connected to central London by the London Underground network and is today prime suburbia, with many of its properties semi-detached with substantial gardens as well as having many small parks and nature reserves. The area has few tower blocks for social housing.
It has been held by a Conservative since its creation for the February 1974 general election, and withstood the Labour landslide in 1997 by just over 2% (1,035 votes). The 2015 result gave the seat the 92nd most marginal majority of the Conservative Party's 331 seats by percentage of majority. In 2017, the Conservatives came closer than ever before to losing Chipping Barnet, with incumbent Theresa Villiers retaining the seat by just 353 votes, with Labour now holding the majority of councillors in the constituency, in Brunswick Park, Coppetts, East Barnet, and Underhill. However, as of the 2018 Barnet London Borough Council elections, the Conservatives now hold a majority of councillors in Brunswick Park, High Barnet, Oakleigh, and Totteridge.
In the 2019 general election, the seat was seen as an important potential gain for the Labour Party, due to Villiers' small majority and high profile (as the Environment Secretary) and the seat's vote to remain in the 2016 European Union membership referendum. Nevertheless, Villiers retained the seat with an increased majority, albeit a very small one.
1974–1997: The London Borough of Barnet wards of Arkley, Brunswick Park, East Barnet, Hadley, and Totteridge.
1997–2010: As above plus Friern Barnet.
2010–present: The London Borough of Barnet wards of Brunswick Park, Coppetts, East Barnet, High Barnet, Oakleigh, Totteridge, and Underhill.
For the 2010 general election, following a review of parliamentary representation and as a consequence of changes to ward boundaries, the Boundary Commission for England recommended that parts of Underhill ward and Coppetts ward be transferred to Chipping Barnet from the constituencies of Hendon and Finchley and Golders Green respectively. It also recommended that a small part of Mill Hill ward be transferred from Chipping Barnet to Hendon.
Members of Parliament
|Feb 1974||Reginald Maudling||Conservative||Chancellor of the Exchequer 1962–1964|
Home Secretary 1970–1972
Died February 1979, seat remained vacant until general election in May.
|2005||Theresa Villiers||Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (2012-2016)|
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (2019-2020)
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrats||Isabelle Parasram||5,932||10.3||+4.9|
|Liberal Democrats||Marisha Ray||3,012||5.4||+0.9|
|Liberal Democrats||Marisha Ray ||2,381||4.5||–15.7|
|Liberal Democrats||Stephen Barber||10,202||20.2||+4.9|
Elections in the 2000s
|Labour||Pauline A. Coakley-Webb||13,784||32.5||–7.5|
|Liberal Democrats||Sean Hooker||6,671||15.7||+2.1|
|Green||Audrey M. Poppy||1,199||2.8||N/A|
|Rainbow Dream Ticket||Rainbow George Weiss||59||0.1||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||Sean Hooker||5,753||13.6||+1.2|
Elections in the 1990s
|Labour||Geoff N. Cooke||20,282||40.9||+15.0|
|Liberal Democrats||Sean Hooker||6,121||12.4||-3.7|
|Referendum||Victor G. Ribekow||1,190||2.4||N/A|
|Monster Raving Loony||Brian L. Miskin||253||0.5||N/A|
|ProLife Alliance||Brian D. Scallan||243||0.5||N/A|
|Natural Law||Diane Derksen||159||0.3||-0.2|
|Labour||Alan J. Williams||11,638||25.9||+6.9|
|Liberal Democrats||David H. Smith||7,247||16.1||−6.9|
|Natural Law||Diane Derksen||222||0.5||N/A|
|Funstermentalist||Christopher V. Johnson||213||0.5||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
Elections in the 1970s
|National Front||R. Cole||865||2.0||–0.9|
|Liberal||Nesta Wyn Ellis||8,884||21.4||–4.1|
|National Front||Ronald Arthur Cole||1,207||2.9||N/A|
|Liberal||Nesta Wyn Ellis||11,714||25.5||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
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Cabinet minister Theresa Villiers has been nursing a tiny majority of 353 (0.6 per cent). If Labour can’t finish her off, then Corbyn is in trouble.
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