Election preview: Hornsey and Friern Barnet

David Floyd on the new constituency that will include part of Barnet

Catherine West - Labour MP for Hornsey and Wood Green
Hornsery and Wood Green MP Catherine West

Incumbent Labour MP Catherine West had a majority of 19,242 (31.5%) in her Hornsey and Wood Green constituency in 2019.

Boundary changes have seen the seat lose four council wards to the new Southgate and Wood Green constituency, while gaining one each from Tottenham and Chipping Barnet (the Labour-held Friern Barnet ward). 

The fact that this new constituency is giving Barnet a new MP is an interesting development but the actual election result is highly predictable. Something shocking and bizarre would need to happen for anyone other than West to win. 

The Liberal Democrats were Labour’s closest challengers in 2019 and they have selected Haringey councillor Dawn Barnes, who came second to West in 2019. 

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