50 marginal constituencies
1 general election
Lancaster and Fleetwood

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

What? Conservative-Labour marginal.

Where? Just north of Blackpool and Preston

Why? Major boundary changes in 2010 led to the creation of the seat which the Conservatives took with a majority of just 333. Failure to win here would mean a disastrous night for Labour.

The 2010 result

Candidate Party Votes Share
Eric Ollerenshaw Conservative 15, 404 36.1%
Clive Grunshaw Labour 15, 071 35.3%
Stuart Langhorn Liberal Democrat 8, 167 19.1%
Gina Dowding Green 1, 888 4.4%
Fred McGlade UKIP 1, 020 2.4%
Debra Kent BNP 938 2.2%

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

Conservative majority: 333

The MP in the last Parliament – Eric Ollerenshaw

Eric Ollerenshaw, MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood

Eric Ollerenshaw, MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood

A former history teacher, Eric Ollerenshaw (Con) was first elected an MP in 2010. His political interests include education, energy, local government, health and agriculture and fisheries. He used to be a board member of Great Ormond St. Hospital. Full biography on Ollerenshaw’s website.

The challengers

Cat Smith, Labour's candidate for Lancaster and Fleetwood

Cat Smith, Labour’s candidate for Lancaster and Fleetwood

A public servant who supports social workers, Cat Smith (Lab) first moved to Lancaster as a teenager, and studied and worked at Lancaster University. More details on Smith’s website.

@cateysmith

Robin Long is the Lib Dem PPC for Lancaster and Fleetwood

Robin Long is the Lib Dem PPC for Lancaster and Fleetwood

Robin Long is the Liberal Democrat candidate for Lancaster and Fleetwood. He is a Lancaster University scientist with a PhD in physics. More information on the Lancaster and Fleetwood Liberal Democrat Facebook page

Chris Coates, Green candidate for Lancaster and Fleetwood

Chris Coates, Green candidate for Lancaster and Fleetwood

Chris Coates (Green) is a Lancaster city councillor for the ward of Scotforth West. A part-time carpenter, he previously stood as the Green Party’s Parliamentary candidate for Morecambe and Lunesdale. More details on his Facebook page.

Matthew Atkins is the UKIP candidate for Lancaster and Fleetwood.

@MattJAtkins

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