50 marginal constituencies
1 general election
Gedling

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

What? Labour-Conservative marginal.

Where? North-east of Nottingham.

Why? With a Labour majority of 1,859 at the 2010 election, Gedling is the sort of seat the Conservatives need to win in order to gain a majority on their own.

Previous election results

Data via the Guardian.

Labour majority in 2010: 1, 859

The MP in the last Parliament – Vernon Coaker

Vernon Coaker, MP for Gedling

Vernon Coaker, MP for Gedling

Vernon Coaker (Lab) first won Gedling in 1997 from then Junior Minister Andrew Mitchell. He is currently Shadow Secretary of State for Defence. In government, he served as a Whip and a Parliamentary Private Secretary to both Tessa Jowell and Estelle Morris. Before going into politics Coaker worked as deputy head teacher at Bigwood School in Nottingham. Full biography on Coaker’s website.

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The challengers

Carolyn Abbott, Conservative challenger for Gedling

Carolyn Abbott, Conservative challenger for Gedling

Director of a wrought iron work business in Sheffield, Carolyn Abbott (Con) has stood for Parliament in Sheffield Heeley in 2001, Barnsley East and Mexborough in 2005, and Chesterfield in 2010. More details in Conservative Home.

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Robert Swift is the Lib Dem candidate for Gedling

Robert Swift (Liberal Democrats) grew up in the constituency and attended Arnold Hill School before going on to Keele University where he studied Politics & Philosophy. He then served as Keele Students’ Union President, after which he took a Masters in Business Administration. During his career in telecoms marketing, he has held senior management posts in London and the United Arab Emirates. More information on the Gedling Liberal Democrats website. 

Lee Waters, UKIP's candidate in Gedling

Lee Waters, UKIP’s candidate in Gedling

Lee Waters is the chairman of the Gedling branch of UKIP and is standing as their candidate for Parliament.

@leewatersukip

The Green Party’s candidate for Gedling is Jim Norris. More details on the Nottingham Green Party’s website.

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