50 marginal constituencies
1 general election
Camborne and Redruth

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

What? Closest Conservative-Liberal Democrat marginal in 2010. Increasing UKIP support going into 2015.

Where? North-east of Penzance in Cornwall – not far from Land’s End.

Why? Current Conservative MP George Eustice won 66 votes more than former Liberal Democrat MP Julia Goldsworthy in the 2010 election. Both candidates will stand again. But UKIP, which was the first party Mr Eustice stood for in an election campaign, is gaining traction in the seat and could disrupt the vote – and don’t forget the Cornish nationalists, Mebyon Kernow, whose tally of 775 votes in 2010 could have easily altered the final outcome of the seat.

The 2010 result

Candidate Party Votes Share
George Eustice Conservative 15, 969 37.6%
Julia Goldsworthy Liberal Democrat 15, 903 37.4%
Jude Robinson Labour 6, 945 16.3%
Derek Elliott UKIP 2, 152 5.1%
Loveday Jenkin Mebyon Kernow 775 1.8%
Euan McPhee Green 581 1.4%

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

Conservative majority: 66

The MP in the last Parliament – George Eustice

George Eustice, Conservative MP for Camborne and Redruth

George Eustice, Conservative MP for Camborne and Redruth

Elected MP for Camborne and Redruth in 2010, George Eustice (Con) previously worked as a press officer for the Conservative Party. Before that, in 1999, he stood unsuccessfully as a UKIP candidate for the south-west. In parliament, he has campaigned against the adoption of the Alternative Vote system, and is now Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for DEFRA. Full biography on Eustice’s website.

The challengers

Julia Goldsworthy, former Lib Dem MP for Falmouth and Camborne

Julia Goldsworthy, former Lib Dem MP for Falmouth and Camborne

Julia Goldsworthy (Lib Dem) was MP for the now defunct seat of Falmouth and Camborne from 2005 to 2010. After losing the election for Camborne and Redruth to George Eustice in 2010, she has worked for Danny Alexander as his Special Adviser in the Treasury. She grew up near Camborne and went to school in Truro. Full biography on Goldsworthy’s website.

@jgoldsworthy

The Labour challenger for Camborne and Redruth, Michael Foster

The Labour challenger for Camborne and Redruth, Michael Foster

Michael Foster (Lab) has worked in the media and charities. Having grown up in London, he moved to Cornwall ten years ago when one of his daughter went to study there. Full biography on Foster’s website.

Dr Robert Smith, UKIP candidate for Camborne and Redruth

Dr Robert Smith, UKIP candidate for Camborne and Redruth

UKIP candidate Dr Robert Smith is a child psychologist. From a Labour tradition, Smith has campaigned for numerous anti-federalist organisations, and was a founding member of UKIP in 1993. Full biography on Smith’s website.

@UKIPCRH

Mebyon Kernow candidate Loveday Jenkin

Mebyon Kernow candidate Loveday Jenkin

Biochemist Dr Loveday Jenkin (Mebyon Kernow) stands again  for the seat of Camborne and Redruth. A local councillor, she is Chair of Kowethas an Yeth Kernewek (the Cornish Language Fellowship). More details on Mebyon Kernow’s website.

Geoff Garbett, Green candidate for Camborne and Redruth

Geoff Garbett, Green candidate for Camborne and Redruth

Scientist Dr Geoff Garbett (Green) joined the Green Party in 1977, when it was called the Ecology Party, and first stood as a prospective parliamentary candidate in 1979 in Taunton. An Associate Lecturer for the Open University and parish councillor for Carharrack, his belief in Green politics stems from a four-year round-the-world trip he took in his twenties, which convinced him of the unsustainability of current economic models. Full biography on Garbett’s website.

Lisa Dolley is an independent candidate.

Lisa Dolley is an independent candidate.

Lisa Dolley is an independent candidate for Camborne and Redruth. She serves as a Cornwall Councillor for Redruth North. More information on West Briton site. 

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