50 marginal constituencies
1 general election
Dundee East

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

What? The closest SNP-Labour marginal in 2010.

Where? Eastern part of the main city on the river Tay, as well as a considerable amount of rural area.

Why? Since the referendum result, support for the SNP has been rising. Dundee East is currently represented by Stewart Hosie, the Deputy Leader of the SNP. What will the result in the “City of Yes” tell us about the fortunes of the Labour Party in Scotland?

Previous election results

Data via the Guardian.

SNP majority in 2010: 1, 821

The MP in the last Parliament – Stewart Hosie

Stewart Hosie, MP for Dundee East

Stewart Hosie, MP for Dundee East

First elected MP for Dundee East in 2005, Stewart Hosie has recently been promoted deputy leader of the Scottish National Party. He was born in Dundee and used to run his own IT business. More details on Hosie’s website.

@stewarthosiemp

The challengers

Lesley Brennan, Labour's candidate for Dundee East

Lesley Brennan, Labour’s candidate for Dundee East

Councillor for the East End ward of Dundee Lesley Brennan (Lab) has worked as an academic economist at Dundee University. She unsuccessfully stood to be an MSP in 2011. More details on Brennan’s website.

@lesleyeastend

Bill Bowman is the Conservative candidate for Dundee East.

Bill Bowman is the Conservative candidate for Dundee East.

Bill Bowman (Con) is a chartered accountant who has worked for companies such as KPMG. He studied at the University of Edinburgh. More details on Bowman’s LinkedIn page.

Craig Duncan is the Lib Dem candidate for Dundee East.

Craig Duncan is the Lib Dem candidate for Dundee East.

Born in Dundee, Craig Duncan (Lib Dem) is active in local charities. He has worked in Dundee, Edinburgh, and London. More details in the Guide and Gazette.

@DuncanDundee

Helen Grayshan, the Green candidate for Dundee East

Helen Grayshan, the Green candidate for Dundee East

Environmental activist Helen Grayshan (Green) is the local Green Party’s treasurer. She has recently campaigned on tuition fees, for sustainable transport in London, and for greater equality of income. More details on the Dundee and Angus Green Party’s website.

@helengrayshan

Jim Barlow is the Scottish Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition. He has been an active trade union and socialist campaigner for the last 42 years in Dundee. A member of the Unite trade union, Jim has worked for over 30 years in the motor car industry in Dundee. More information on Barlow’s Facebook page. 

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