50 marginal constituencies
1 general election
Carlisle

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

What? Conservative-Labour marginal with a current Conservative majority of 853 votes.

Where? The only city in Cumbria. A stone’s throw from the Scottish border.

Why? Represented by the Labour party since 1964, boundary changes helped the Conservatives to victory in 2010. Labour must regain this seat to have any chance of becoming the largest party in Parliament.

Previous election results

Data via the Guardian.

Conservative majority in 2010: 853

The MP in the last Parliament – John Stevenson

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John Stevenson, current MP for Carlisle

John Stevenson (Con) was the first Conservative to win the seat of Carlisle since 1954. Formerly a solicitor, he is member of the Communities and Local Government Select Committee. Full biography on Stevenson’s website.

@JohnStevensonMP

The challengers

Lee Sherriff, the Labour challenger for Carlisle

Lee Sherriff, the Labour challenger for Carlisle

Having lived in Carlisle since she was a child, Lee Sherriff (Lab) has worked in retail and in the mental health and disability services. Full biography on Sherriff’s website.

@MissLeeCarlisle

Loraine Birchall is the Liberal Democrat PPC for Carlisle.

Loraine Birchall is the Liberal Democrat PPC for Carlisle.

Loraine Birchall is the Lib Dem candidate for Carlisle. She is a member of Barrow and Furness Liberal Democrats, campaigning locally for improved services and infrastructure. She is a web developer and ICT consultant. More about Birchall on the Liberal Democrats’ website.

Fiona Mills is the UKIP candidate for Carlisle.

Fiona Mills is the UKIP candidate for Carlisle.

Fiona Mills is the UKIP candidate for Carlisle. She is a chartered certified accountant, cyclist & symphonic metal fan. More information on the UKIP Carlisle Facebook page.

@FionaMillsUKIP

Helen Davison is the Green Party candidate for Carlisle.

Helen Davison is the Green Party candidate for Carlisle.

Helen Davison is the Green Party candidate for Carlisle.

@HelenDavison1

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