50 marginal constituencies
1 general election
Hendon

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

What? Conservative-Labour marginal.

Where? North-west London

Why? After what was called a particularly negative contest in the seat in 2010, there were only 106 votes separating then Labour MP Andrew Dismore, with winning Conservative Matthew Offord. Both men are contesting the seat again in 2015.

Previous election results

Data via the Guardian.

Conservative majority in 2010: 106

The MP in the last Parliament – Matthew Offord

Matthew Offord, MP for Hendon

Matthew Offord, MP for Hendon

Matthew Offord (Con) was first elected an MP in 2010. His work in Parliament has included crime, Thameslink, free schools, school security, student tuition fees, and the reform of financial services. More details on Offord’s website.

@hendonmp

The challengers

Andrew Dismore, former MP for Hendon and current Labour challenger

Andrew Dismore, former MP for Hendon

Originally from Yorkshire, in 1997 Andrew Dismore (Lab) became Hendon’s first Labour MP since 1945, a post that he held until 2010. In Parliament he was Chair of the Joint Committee on Human Rights and served on the Standards and Privileges Committee, which polices the actions of MPs. He is currently the London Assembly Member for Barnet and Camden. Full biography on Dismore’s website.

@andrew_dismore

Alasdair Hill is the Lib Dem candidate for Hendon.

Alasdair Hill is the Lib Dem candidate for Hendon.

Alasdair Hill is the Liberal Democrat candidate for Hendon. He is a biology teacher and has been involved in the Save Barnet Libraries campaign. More details on Hill’s website

@alasdairghill

Raymond Shamash is the UKIP candidate. He is a dentist who served as a medical officer in the Israeli army during the Yom Kippur war.

Ben Samuel, Green PPC for Hendon

Ben Samuel, Green PPC for Hendon

Ben Samuel (Green), who works as a gardener, is a Young Green activist from West Hendon. More details on the Barnet Green Party’s website.

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