50 marginal constituencies
1 general election
Ashfield

For the final results in each of 50for15's constituencies, see this post.

What? Labour-Liberal Democrat marginal currently represented by Shadow Cabinet Minister, Gloria De Piero.

Where? Lies between Nottingham and Sheffield. Centred around Eastwood, a former mining town.

Why? Just 192 votes behind Labour, the Liberal Democrats were extremely close to causing a huge upset in 2010. What will the outcome in 2015 say about the Liberal Democrats in the Labour-Liberal Democrat marginals?

Previous election results

Data via the Guardian.

Labour majority in 2010: 192

The MP in the last Parliament – Gloria De Piero

Gloria De Piero, Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities

Gloria De Piero, Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities

Previously a political journalist, Gloria De Piero (Lab) first won the seat of Ashfield in 2010. Since then, she has served in the Shadow Department for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, the Shadow Department for the Home Office. In 2013 she was promoted Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities. Full biography on De Piero’s website.

@GloriaDePiero

The challengers

Helen Harrison is the Conservative candidate for Ashfield.

Helen Harrison is the Conservative candidate for Ashfield.

Helen Harrison is the Conservative candidate for Ashfield. She currently runs her own physiotherapy clinic, and has previously worked at NHS Hospitals and in GP surgeries. More information on the Conservative Party website.

Simon Ashcroft is the UKIP candidate for the seat.

Mike Buchanan is the candidate for the Justice for Men and Boys party.

Mike Buchanan is the candidate for the Justice for Men and Boys party.

Mike Buchanan is the candidate for the Justice for Men and Boys party and is the leader of the party. More information on the party’s website

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