About us

About us

Welcome to Bishop's Ward Branch Labour Party

We're part of the Vauxhall Constituency Labour Party.

Our ward is in north Lambeth, bounded by the river Thames, and contains many well known London sites including the Southbank Centre, the London Eye, the British Film Institute, the Old and New Vic theatres, County Hall and Lambeth Palace. It also contains Waterloo station and St Thomas' Hospital.

If you live around here and you’re interested in Labour politics, then we are your local party and we’d love to meet you! Your involvement and input in campaigning or working for local communities would be really welcome.

Map of the ward

You can see a map of the ward and constituency borders below. Bishop's ward is highlighted in red, within the Vauxhall parliamentary constituency, shown in grey.

Constituency history

Constituency history

The parliamentary constituency of Vauxhall, and its predecessor Lambeth North have continually returned Labour MPs since 1934.

George Strauss

MP from 1934 - 1979
  • Served as Minister of Supply in the post-war Labour government. He steered through Parliament the most controversial legislation of that government: the nationalisation of iron and steel
  • In 1968 he introduced the bill abolishing theatre censorship
  • Became Father of the House of Commons (the longest serving male MP at the time) in 1974, and held the title until 1979

Photo: George Russell Strauss, Baron Strauss of Vauxhall by Walter Stoneman 26 September 1947 NPG x185529 © National Portrait Gallery, London

Stuart Holland

MP from 1979 - 1989
  • Academic at Oxford, then became an adviser to Harold Wilson on European affairs
  • Drafted what in the early 1970s became the economic programme of the Labour Party
  • Shadow minister for development cooperation from 1983 to 1987
  • Resigned his seat in order to take up a post at the European University Institute, Florence

Kate Hoey

MP from 1989 - 2019
  • Minister for Sport 1999-2001
  • Often at odds with Labour party policy: in favour of fox hunting, and a critic of the ban on handguns
  • She was described as "the least gay-friendly of all Labour MPs" by the chief executive of Stonewall in 2010
  • Campaigned in favour of Brexit
  • Was nonetheless viewed by many residents as a decent constituency MP, and campaigned on housing issues

Florence Eshalomi

Current MP, elected in 2019
  • Member of the London Assembly (AM) for Lambeth and Southwark since 2016.
  • As an Assembly Member, she has campaigned on issues including gang crime and the closure of Kennington Police Station
  • From 2006 to 2018, she was a local councillor, representing the Brixton Hill ward
  • Appointed as a Shadow Whip, 2020