Belsize
Belsize highlighted within Camden
Belsize highlighted within Camden
CountryUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionLondon
CountyGreater London
London boroughCamden
Created1 April 1965
Named forManor of Belsize

Belsize is a ward in the London Borough of Camden, in the United Kingdom. The ward covers most of Belsize Park, between Haverstock Hill, Swiss Cottage, and Primrose Hill. The population of this ward at the 2011 Census was 12,702.[1]

The ward has existed since the creation of the borough on 1 April 1965 and was first used in the 1964 elections.[2] The ward was redrawn in May 1978,[3] May 2002,[4] and May 2022.[5][6]

Its notable councillors have included Opposition Leaders Claire-Louise Leyland (2010–18), Piers Wauchope (2002-06), Judith Barnes (1986-1998), and Tony Kerpel (1978–86); MEP Luisa Porritt (2018-); future Council Leader Richard Arthur (1974–78); and former Leader Martin Morton (1976–78).

History

The ward underwent boundary changes for the 2022 election. A significant portion of the ward was transferred to the newly created Primrose Hill ward, and significant portions of the existing Hampstead Town and Frognal and Fitzjohns wards were transferred to Belsize.[5][6] In the 2022 election, leader of the Conservative group on Camden London Borough Council Oliver Cooper stood as a candidate in Belsize having previously represented Hampstead Town. Hampstead Town had been a safe Conservative ward, while Belsize had been marginal between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats.[7][8] Leader of the Liberal Democrat group Luisa Porritt, who represented Belsize, stood down at the 2022 election citing work commitments, while the Camden New Journal suggested that the new ward boundaries would favour the Conservatives.[9]

Councillors

Term Councillor Party
2018–present Tom Simon Liberal Democrats
2018–present Steve Adams Conservative
2018–2022 Luisa Porritt Liberal Democrats

Election results

Elections in the 2020s

2022 council election: Belsize[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Steve Adams
Labour Shaheen Ahmed Chowdhury
Conservative Oliver Cooper
Liberal Democrats Judy Dixey
Conservative Aarti Joshi
Liberal Democrats Matthew Kirk
Labour Peter Ptashko
Liberal Democrats Tom Simon
Labour Issy Waite

Elections in the 2010s

2018 council election: Belsize[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Tom Simon 1,250 11.6 Increase 0.9
Conservative Steve Adams 1,201 11.2 Decrease 2.0
Liberal Democrats Luisa Porritt 1,179 11.0 Increase 2.8
Conservative Leila Roy 1,170 10.9 Decrease 1.6
Conservative Kirsty Roberts 1,162 10.8 Decrease 0.2
Liberal Democrats Benjamin Samuel Newman 1,127 10.5 Increase 3.2
Labour James Jordan Calmus 1,067 10.0 Decrease 0.2
Labour Sucharita Sethi 996 9.3 Increase 0.8
Labour Momota Khatoon 971 9.1 Increase 1.4
Green Sara Katchi 238 2.2 Decrease 0.8
Green Phyl Eyres 223 2.1 Decrease 0.8
Independent Nigel Rumble 123 1.1 Decrease 1.1
Majority 9 0.08
Turnout 10,707 42.5 Increase 4.2
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing
2014 council election: Belsize[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jonny Bucknell 1,219 13.2
Conservative Claire-Louise Leyland 1,157 12.5
Conservative Leila Roy 1,016 11.0
Liberal Democrats Tom Simon 992 10.7
Labour Madeleine Jennings 939 10.2
Labour James McGowan 782 8.5
Liberal Democrats Bradley Hillier-Smith 760 8.2
Labour Harunur Rashid 709 7.7
Liberal Democrats Lawrence Joseph Nicholson 678 7.3
Green Rowan St Clair 275 3.0
Green Darren Robert Murphy 269 2.9
Green Stuart Temple Taylor 243 2.6
Independent Nigel Rumble 199 2.2
Majority 24 0.3
Turnout 9,238 38.3
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

References

  1. ^ "Camden Ward population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  2. ^ London Borough Council Elections (1964) Archived 22 August 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ London Borough Council Elections (1978) Archived 15 August 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ London Borough Council Elections (2002) Archived 22 August 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ a b "Final recommendations published for Camden". LGBCE. 4 February 2020. Retrieved 28 September 2021.
  6. ^ a b "The London Borough of Camden (Electoral Changes) Order 2020". gov.uk. 12 October 2020. Retrieved 28 September 2021.
  7. ^ Osley, Richard (14 December 2021). "Conservative leader set to switch wards for Belsize election challenge". Camden New Journal. Retrieved 10 April 2022.
  8. ^ "Confirmed: Tory leader switches wards in bid to oust Liberal Democrats". Camden New Journal. 20 January 2022. Retrieved 10 April 2022.
  9. ^ Osley, Richard (3 February 2022). "Camden Lib Dem leader Luisa Porritt to stand down at elections". Camden New Journal. Retrieved 10 April 2022.
  10. ^ Rowlands, Jenny (5 April 2022). "Statement of Persons Nominated – Belsize". Camden London Borough Council. Retrieved 7 April 2022.
  11. ^ "London Borough Council Elections". Camden London Borough Council. 3 May 2018. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  12. ^ Teale, Andrew. "Local Elections Archive Project - 2014 - Camden". andrewteale.me.uk. Retrieved 25 May 2020.