50 marginal constituencies
1 general election
Derby North

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

What? Labour-Conservative marginal, with very strong showing from the Liberal Democrats in 2010. UKIP making gains in recent opinion polls.

Where? North of the city centre of Derby. Half an hour’s drive from Nottingham.

Why? 613 votes separated Labour MP Chris Williamson and his Conservative opponent in 2010. However, the close result was mostly due to the marked increase for the Liberal Democrat candidate, Lucy Care. The sort of seat the Conservatives need to win in order to form a majority, but will the rise of UKIP scupper their chances?

Previous election results

Data via the Guardian.

Labour majority in 2010: 613

The MP in the last Parliament – Chris Williamson

Chris Williamson, MP for Derby North

Chris Williamson, MP for Derby North

Former bricklayer Chris Williamson has been a member of the Labour Party since 1976. His political interests include tackling poverty and inequality, urban regeneration, environmental issues and climate change, animal welfare, community empowerment and local government. He regularly blogsFull biography on Williamson’s website.

@chriswmp

The challengers

Amanda Solloway, Conservative challenger for Derby North

Amanda Solloway, Conservative challenger for Derby North

Businesswoman and school governor Amanda Solloway (Con) has lived in Derby for more than twenty years. More details on Solloway’s website.

@amanda4derbyn

Lucy Care, Lib Dem candidate for Derby North

Lucy Care, Lib Dem candidate for Derby North

Derby’s first ever Liberal Democrat councillor, Lucy Care (Lib Dem) is, professionally, a chartered engineer. From 2003 to 2005 and 2008 to 2010 she served on the Cabinet of Derby City Council with responsibilities in the area of transport, planning and environment. Care describes herself as a committed environmentalist. Full biography on Care’s website.

Tilly Ward is the UKIP candidate for Derby North.

Tilly Ward is the UKIP candidate for Derby North.

Tilly Ward is the UKIP candidate for Derby North. She is studying psychotherapy at the University of Derby and has, in recent years, been a full-time mother, having previously been a carer and a freelance horse-trainer. More information on Derby City UKIP website.

Gareth Pitchford is the Class War candidate for Derby North.

Alice Mason-Power is the Green Party candidate for Derby North

Alice Mason-Power is the Green Party candidate for Derby North

Alice Mason-Power is the Green Party candidate. She has been politically active since the age of 14 and is currently working towards qualifies teacher status. More information on the Derbyshire Green Party website. 

@alicemasonpower

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