It fell on hard times in the twentieth century, being associated with low-rent flats and multiple-occupancy homes, but has since been gentrified. candidate endorsed by the coalition government, List of Parliamentary constituencies in Greater London, Duration of English, British and United Kingdom Parliaments from 1660, Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 3), https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Chelsea_(UK_Parliament_constituency)&oldid=960085493, Politics of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Parliamentary constituencies in London (historic), United Kingdom Parliamentary constituencies established in 1868, United Kingdom Parliamentary constituencies disestablished in 1997, Wikipedia articles incorporating an LRPP-MP template with two unnamed parameters, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 1 June 2020, at 01:58. As a safe Conservative seat in London there was much speculation that former Defence Secretary and widely-predicted future Conservative leader Michael Portillo would seek to return to the Commons after losing the Enfield Southgate constituency in the 1997 election. The seat was mostly replaced by Regent's Park and Kensington North which was, until its 2010 abolition, represented by Labour MPs, specifically, won three times during the Blair Ministry, and partially replaced by Kensington and Chelsea which was held by Malcolm Rifkind (Conservative) until his resignation at the 2015 general election. The constituency was included in a new London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, although the Parliamentary boundaries were not altered immediately. The Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 defined the redrawn Chelsea seat as comprising the parish of St Luke, Chelsea. The constituency was created by the Reform Act 1867 for the 1868 general election, when it returned two Members of Parliament (MPs), elected by the bloc vote system of election. [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/vote2005/html/345.stm Election 2005 - Kensington & Chelsea] . Continuing to use this site, you agree with this. Another former Cabinet Minister, Sir Malcolm Rifkind was nominated and elected in the 2005 general election. Under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885, with effect from the 1885 general election, its representation was reduced to one MP, elected by the first past the post system. The old seat returned Conservative MPs from 1974 up to and including its last general election in 1992. Kensington and Chelsea is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. 98.5% of the constituency had been in the pre-1983 Chelsea and 1.5% had been part of Kensington.  The result was announced later on 9 June. In 2003 he announced that he was going to retire from politics and seek a career in the media. Chelsea (after the local government changes in 1965) is a district of Inner London, comprising for administrative purposes the southern part of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The first incarnation of a Kensington constituency in Westminster was for the February 1974 general election, derived from the fairly safe Labour seat of Kensington North, and the overwhelmingly Conservative Kensington South; this was abolished for the 1997 general election. This page was last edited on 7 September 2020, at 15:22.  The result was extremely close in Kensington, which had been considered a safe Conservative seat. No changes were made to parliamentary boundaries, however. Earls Court is less affluent than its neighbours. The seat first came into existence at the 1997 general election. Tabloids reported that he was "found kissing the pavement". In the snap June 2017 general election Emma Dent Coad gained the seat from incumbent Conservative Victoria Borwick by the slenderest margin in England, 20 votes, and Kensington which had previously existed (in its first creation) between 1974 and 1997 gained its first Labour MP. 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In the redistribution that took effect in 1974, the Kensington and Chelsea, Chelsea constituency consisted of the then Brompton, Cheyne, Church, Earls Court, Hans Town, North Stanley, Redcliffe, Royal Hospital and South Stanley wards of Kensington and Chelsea. In October 2007 former Labour minister Tony Benn announced that he wanted to come out of retirement and return to the Commons, offering himself to the Kensington and Chelsea constituency Labour Party to challenge Rifkind for his seat in the next general election. by Buchan, by the narrow margin of 150 votes. In the 1918 redistribution of Parliamentary seats, the Metropolitan Borough of Chelsea (created as a local government unit in 1900) was represented by one MP. Retrieved May 3, 2005. The area was included in the Kensington and Chelsea constituency, which covered the central and southern portions of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, including the centres of both Kensington and Chelsea. While it is undergoing rapid gentrification and includes its own areas for the super-rich, there are still old hotels and bedsits around the site of the former Earls Court Exhibition Centre, which extends into the marginal Hammersmith seat. Notional calculations indicated that it would be one of the safest Conservative seats in the country and so the Conservative nomination has been much sought. Kensington is a constituency[n 1] in Greater London which first existed between 1974 and 1997 and was recreated in 2010. , In 1885, the existing parliamentary borough was divided into five single-member constituencies. The constituency formed for the 2010 election comprises the northern and central parts of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in and around Kensington and has electoral wards: From 1974 to 1983 the constituency comprised electoral wards: From 1983 to 1997 the constituency comprised electoral wards: The first incarnation of a Kensington constituency in Westminster was for the February 1974 general election, derived from the fairly safe Labour seat of Kensington North, and the overwhelmingly Conservative Kensington South; this was abolished for the 1997 general election. It adjoins Westminster to the east, Fulham to the west and Kensington to the north. Notting Hill is an affluent, highly cosmopolitan area which hosts the Notting Hill Carnival, led by the area's African-Caribbean community. UK constituency infobox alt Name = Kensington and Chelsea Type = Borough Entity = Greater London DivisionType = County Division = Greater London Year = 1997 MP = Sir Malcolm Rifkind Party = Conservative EP = London.