The Staggers 8 May 2015 Green party leader Natalie Bennett comes third in Holborn & St Pancras The Green leader beats the Lib Dems in this central London seat, but Labour's candidate, Keir Starmer, romps home. Natalie Bennett improves her position in Holborn. Photo: Twitter/@KatyScholesSKY Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up The Green party leader, Natalie Bennett, has unsurprisingly missed out on winning safe Labour seat, Holborn & St Pancras. Labour’s candidate, Keir Starmer, romped home with a 17,048 majority. But Bennett massively increased her vote share – last time she ran in this seat, she came fourth with 1,480 votes, and this time she came third with 7,013 votes (nearly twice as many as the Lib Dems). It is an interesting seat, featuring some of Central London’s most deprived, and smartest areas. Lots of students in the area gave the Greens an ounce of hope. Here’s an extract from my report of the seat: “This central London seat is so varied you need only walk a few streets down from the ruddy red brick and green expanses of Highgate at its northernmost point to the crumbling housing estates of Somers Town, which perch in the glossy glow of King’s Cross station’s newly restored facade. Or you could stroll northwest from the buzzing Seven Dials junction of bars, bistros and theatres in Covent Garden up to the orderly patchwork of Regent’s Park’s rose garden. “The grandfatherly Labour MP, Frank Dobson, has presided over this concentrated tangle of cultures for 34 years. Next year will be his last. A respected figure among constituents – Labour or otherwise – it is this former health secretary who has kept Holborn and St Pancras a cosily safe Labour seat for over three decades.” › Nick Clegg holds Sheffield Hallam, but hints at resignation as Lib Dem leader Anoosh Chakelian is the New Statesman’s Britain editor. She co-hosts the New Statesman podcast, discussing the latest in UK politics. Subscribe For daily analysis & more political coverage from Westminster and beyond subscribe for just £1 per month!