50 marginal constituencies
1 general election
Hampstead and Kilburn

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

What? The closest marginal in England.

Where? North-west London. Not far from Wembley Stadium.

Why? Just 42 votes separated Labour MP Glenda Jackson and the Conservative candidate in 2010. The Liberal Democrats were less than 1,000 behind Ms Jackson making this seat a true three-way marginal.

The 2010 result

Candidate Party Votes Share
Glenda Jackson Labour 17, 332 32.8%
Chris Philp Conservative 17, 290 32.7%
Edward Fordham Liberal Democrat 16, 491 31.2%
Beatrix Campbell Green 759 1.4%
Magnus Nielson UKIP 408 0.8%
Victoria Moore BNP 328 0.6%

This seat was created in 2010. Data via the Guardian.

Labour majority: 42

The MP in the last Parliament – Glenda Jackson

Glenda Jackson, MP for Hampstead and Kilburn

Glenda Jackson, MP for Hampstead and Kilburn

Graduate of RADA and former actress Glenda Jackson (Lab) was first elected MP for the now defunct seat of Hampstead and Highgate in 1992. Her first position in government was as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport. Most recently, she has served on the   Work and Pensions Select Committee. She is not standing for election in 2015. Full biography on Jackson’s website.

@glendajacksonmp

The challengers

Tulip Saddiq, Labour's new candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn

Tulip Saddiq, Labour’s new candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn

Tulip Siddiq (Lab) is Glenda Jackson’s replacement for Hampstead and Kilburn. A former Camden councillor, she used to work for Amnesty International. More details on Siddiq’s website.

@tulipsiddiq

Simon Marcus, Conservative candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn

Simon Marcus, Conservative candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn

Simon Marcus (Con) was brought up in Hampstead and Kilburn, and has lived in the constituency most of his life. In 2006 he founded and ran the Boxing Academy, an educational charity. In 2010 he stood as the Conservative candidate for Barking, managing to outperform BNP leader Nick Griffin. Full biography on Marcus’ website.

@simonmarcus

Maajid Nawaz, Lib Dem candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn

Maajid Nawaz, Lib Dem candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn

Founder of Quillam, an anti-extremism think tank, Maajid Nawaz (Lib Dem) has also set up an educational organisation in Pakistan. In his youth he was a member of an Islamist organisation, but has since renounced those views in favour of liberal democratic values. Full biography on Nawaz’ website.

@MaajidLibDem

Dr Rebecca Johnson, the Green candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn

Dr Rebecca Johnson, the Green candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn

Vice-president of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Dr Rebecca Johnson (Green) works on international security with the UN. She is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. More details on the Camden Green Party’s website.

Magnus Nielson, who also stood in 2010, is UKIP’s candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn. Further details on the North London blog.

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