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
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
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.
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.
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.
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