Politics 11 July 2013 Finsbury II Print HTML By 1885, the Finsbury seat stretched from the City of London to Highgate. It was split into seven constituencies by the Redistribution of Seats Act. W M Torrens, its Liberal MP for 20 years, was told by the newly formed and (as he put it) “pretentiously named” Liberal Association that it wanted a candidate “of more advanced views”. He opposed the creation of a London-wide authority (proposing instead “three circles of government”) and withdrew from politics. After the 1886 election and the defection of Joseph Chamberlain’s brother Richard, the Tories had a majority in the area. Finsbury seats later elected the first Asian MP, Dadabhai Naoroji (Finsbury Central, 1892-95), and two Lib-Lab MPs, James Rowlands (Finsbury East, 1886-95) and William Steadman (Finsbury Central, 1906-10). › Am I a Luther convert? Yes. The plot might not stand up, but it's a cut above most cop series Subscribe This article first appeared in the 08 July 2013 issue of the New Statesman, The world takes sides More Related articles How Jeremy Corbyn won the Labour leadership election How do I leave the Labour party? How much more trouble will the three Brexiteers cause for Theresa May?