50 marginal constituencies
1 general election
Brighton Pavilion

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

What? The only Green constituency in the UK, currently represented by Caroline Lucas.

Where? Named after the George IV’s Royal Pavilion, the constituency lies in the centre-west of the city of Brighton, in Sussex.

Why? Important for the Greens to solidify their vote after the historic victory in the city in 2010. Labour are keen to retake the seat and will draw attention to the current Green administration in Brighton Council, whose popularity is declining.

Previous election results

Data via the Guardian.

Green majority in 2010: 1, 252

The MP in the last Parliament – Caroline Lucas

Caroline Lucas, Green MP for Brighton Pavilion

Caroline Lucas, Green MP for Brighton Pavilion

Caroline Lucas, the former Green Party leader and its first MP, worked as an MEP from 1999 to 2010. Previously she was the party’s national press officer and a county councillor in Oxfordshire. In 2014 she won the Patchwork Foundation’s MP of the Year award. More details on Lucas’ website.

@carolinelucas

The challengers

Purna Sen, Labour's challenger in Brighton Pavilion

Purna Sen, Labour’s challenger in Brighton Pavilion

Purna Sen (Lab) is an activist, campaigner, researcher, and teacher. Deputy Director of the Institute of Public Affairs at the London School of Economics, Chair of the board of the Kaleidoscope Trust (working with LGBT activists in hostile environments), an advisor to Justice for Gay Africans, she has also worked with various women’s groups, including Womankind (UK) and the Jordanian Women’s Union. Full biography on Sen’s website.

@Purna_Sen

Clarence Mitchell, Conservative challenger for Brighton Pavilion

Clarence Mitchell, Conservative challenger for Brighton Pavilion

Clarence Mitchell (Con) previously worked in the media, government, and private sector. He is a trustee of Swanswell, the national charity that helps to tackle problem alcohol and drug use. Full biography on Mitchell’s website.

@mitch_1uk

Lib Dem PPC for Brighton Pavilion Chris Bowers

Lib Dem PPC for Brighton Pavilion Chris Bowers

Writer and broadcaster Chris Bowers (Lib Dem) has authored biographies of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Nick Clegg. A councillor on neighbouring Lewes District Council since 2007, he has campaigned on environmental issues for over twenty years. Full biography on Bowers’ website.

UKIP

Nigel Carter is the UKIP PPC for Brighton Pavilion.

Nigel Carter is the UKIP PPC for Brighton Pavilion and the chairman of Brighton and Hove UKIP. An interview by The Argus newspaper with Mr Carter.

Charlotte Rose is an independent candidate for Brighton Pavilion.

Charlotte Rose is an independent candidate for Brighton Pavilion.

Charlotte Rose is an independent candidate. She is a sex worker, sexual trainer, and political campaigner. More information on Rose’s website. 

@_Charlie_rose

Howard Pilott is The Socialist Party of Great Britain candidate.

Howard Pilott is The Socialist Party of Great Britain candidate.

Howard Pilott is the Socialist Party of Great Britain candidate. Pilott told 50for15 “In the SPGB it’s the case not the face so I do not matter – you matter. Our position is the abolition of capitalism and all its deeds: money, power, classes, oppression.  The riches of the world should be held in common.  We have no leader and you deserve none: politics matters not politicians.  Vote for us and reject this parody of an equitable system.” More information on The Socialist Party of Great Britain website

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