50 marginal constituencies
1 general election
Bolton West

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

What? Labour-Conservative marginal that Labour won with a majority of 92 votes in 2010.

Where? North-west outskirts of Greater Manchester

Why? This is the sort of seat the Conservatives will need to win in order to form a one-party majority.

Previous election results

Data via the Guardian.

Labour majority in 2010: 92

The MP in the last Parliament– Julie Hilling

Julie Hilling, MP for Bolton West

Julie Hilling, MP for Bolton West

Having lived in Oxford, Leighton Buzzard, Nottingham, and Manchester, Julie Hilling (Lab) settled in Atherton, quarter of an hour’s drive from Bolton, twenty-four years ago. Before winning the seat of Bolton West in 2010, she was a health worker in Wigan. She is currently Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Rail in the North, Chair of the Electrification Task Force and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Youth Affairs. Full biography on Hilling’s website.

@JulieHillingMP

The challengers

Chris Green, Conservative PPC for Bolton West

Chris Green, Conservative PPC for Bolton West

Chris Green (Con), who has worked as an engineer for over twenty years, campaigns on transport links, health, education and leisure facilities. Full biography on Green’s website.

@Chris11Green

The youngest councillor in Bolton, Andrew Martin joined the Lib Dems in 2011 while a student studying law at Cambridge University. More details in the Bolton News.

Lighting technician and former Labour supporter Bob Horsefield (UKIP) is funding his own election campaign. He is particularly concerned by inefficient use of money by the government. More details in the Bolton News.

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