The constituency has gone through many changes and has only recently, in January 2006 seen the boundary moved again, this time to correspond with the local government ward boundaries.
Elections have been held here since De Montfort's Parliament in 1265 for the county constituency of Middlesex (UK Parliament constituency). The first division of the historic county was for the two seat constituency of Hackney (UK Parliament constituency) at the 1868 general election. This was a creation of the Second Reform Act or the officially termed Representation of the People Act, 1867. Hackney's increased democratic representation provided suffrage for the first time to working-class men but was originally intended to increase the number of seats held in the House of Commons by the Conservative Party.
Following even greater electoral reform of the Redistribution of Seats Act, 1885, part of the Third Reform Act, the seat became Hackney North (UK Parliament constituency) and this time returned only one constituency Member of Parliament in the 1885 general election.
The Stoke Newington (UK Parliament constituency) was created in the 1918 general election by the division of the Hackney North constituency by the Representation of the People Act, 1918, known generally as Fourth Reform Act; an Act most importantly remembered for the first time extending suffrage to women.
Following a decrease in the population the two constituencies were merged by the Representation of the People Act, 1948, retaining David Weitzman as MP and becoming the current constituency in the 1950 general election.
HACKNEY NORTH AND STOKE NEWINGTON MP ABBOTT CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO RECRUIT LOCAL YOUNG PEOPLE FOR OLYMPIC SITE
Jul 15, 2010; LONDON, July 13 -- The Office of Diane Abbott MP (Hackney North and Stoke Newington) issued the following press release: Diane...