50 marginal constituencies
1 general election
Edinburgh South

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

What? A Labour-Liberal Democrat marginal in 2010.

Where? Southern parts of the capital of Scotland. Includes the University of Edinburgh.

Why? Just 316 votes separated Ian Murray, the winning Labour candidate, and his Liberal Democrat opponent. With the rise of the SNP in Scotland after the referendum and with falling support for the Lib Dems, the outcome of the seat becomes even more difficult to predict.

Previous election results

Data via the Guardian.

Labour majority in 2010: 316

The MP in the last Parliament – Ian Murray

Ian Murray, MP for Edinburgh South

Ian Murray, MP for Edinburgh South

Ian Murray (Lab) was first elected MP for Edinburgh South in 2010. In Parliament he has served as Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills) and on the Environmental Audit Select Committee and the Select Committees on Arms Export Controls. More details on Parliament’s website.

@ianmurraymp

The challengers

Pramod Subbaraman, Lib Dem challenger for Edinburgh South

Pramod Subbaraman, Lib Dem challenger for Edinburgh South

Pramod Subbaraman (Lib Dem) is a dentist in Edinburgh. Read more about his views in 50for15’s interview with him.

@briteeth

Miles Briggs, Conservative challenger for Edinburgh South

Miles Briggs, Conservative challenger for Edinburgh South

Originally from Perthshire, Miles Briggs (Con) has lived in Edinburgh for the last nine years. He supports the work of various charities, including the Anthony Nolan Trust, Cancer Research, and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. More details on Briggs’ website.

neil_hay

Neil Hay, the SNPs candidate in Edinburgh South

Neil Hay is the SNP candidate. His background is in large organisation retail, training, and education, but has been self-employed for the last 14 years. More information on Hay’s Facebook page.

@neilhaysnp

Phyl Myler, the Green candidate for Edinburgh South

Phyl Myler, the Green candidate for Edinburgh South

Phyl Myler is a charity worker and the Green Party’s candidate for Edinburgh South.

@phylmeyer

The SSP's Colin Fox

The SSP’s Colin Fox

Colin Fox (Scottish Socialist Party) is a former MSP for the Lothians. As well as being a founding member of the SSP, Fox is their spokesperson. Further details on Fox’s blog.

@ColinFoxSSP

Paul Marshall is UKIP’s candidate for Edinburgh South. Further details on YourNextMP.

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