50 marginal constituencies
1 general election
Bradford East

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

What? Liberal Democrat gained this seat from Labour in 2010 with a majority of 365 votes.

Where? West Yorkshire. A twenty-minute train journey from Leeds.

Why? Labour will be extremely keen to retake this seat – it might help them that Liberal Democrat MP David Ward has been no stranger to controversy, especially over his tweets on the conflict in Gaza. Labour candidate Imran Hussain will be hoping for a better election result compared with when he ran in the neighbouring Bradford West 2012 by-election: George Galloway won for Respect on a swing of 36.6%.

The 2010 result

Candidate Party Votes Share
David Ward Liberal Democrat 13, 637 33.7%
Terry Rooney Labour 13, 272 32.8%
Mohammed Riaz Conservative 10, 860 26.8%
Neville Poynton BNP 1, 854 4.6%

This seat was created in 2010. Data via the Guardian.

Liberal Democrat majority: 365

The MP in the last Parliament – David Ward

David Ward, MP for Bradford East

David Ward, MP for Bradford East

Previously a lecturer at Leeds Metropolitan University and a Bradford Metropolitan District councillor, David Ward (Lib Dem) first stood for Parliament in 1990 at the Bradford North by-election, a seat for which he also stood in 1992, 2001 and 2005. That seat was abolished in 2010, and Ward won the newly-created seat of Bradford East. In Parliament he has served on the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee and the Education Select Committee. Full biography on Ward’s website.

@DavidWardMP

The challengers

Imran Hussain, Labour challenger for Bradford East

Imran Hussain, Labour challenger for Bradford East

Born and bred in Bradford, Imran Hussain (Lab) is a barrister and Deputy Leader of Bradford Council. He set up MAGIC, a Bradford youth programme that helps those at risk of slipping into crime. Full biography on Hussain’s website.

Iftikhar Ahmed (right), Conservative PPC for Bradford East

Iftikhar Ahmed (right), Conservative PPC for Bradford East

Self-employed management consultant Iftikhar Ahmed (Con) was previously President of Bradford Conservative Association. He used to head Commercial Union Life Insurance Company’s operation in Pakistan. Full biography on Ahmed’s website.

Owais Rajput, UKIP candidate for Bradford East, with party leader Nigel Farage

Owais Rajput, UKIP candidate for Bradford East, with party leader Nigel Farage

A doctoral student at Leeds Metrpolitan University, Owais Rajput (UKIP) has lived in Bradford for over twenty years. He hopes to make Bradford East a three-way marginal. Full biography on Rajput’s website.

@owaisrajput3

David Stevens is the Green Party candidate for Bradford East.

Dave Stevens is the Green Party candidate for Bradford East.

Dave Stevens is the Green Party candidate for Bradford East. More information on his campaign website

@Dave4BradfordE

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