For the final results in each of 50for15's constituencies, see this post.
What? Conservative-Labour marginal which is seeing increasing support for UKIP.
Where? Chief city of Lincolnshire. An hour and half’s drive from Sheffield.
Why? Conservative gain from Labour in 2010. A national swing from Conservative to Labour which would lead Labour to win here would result with Labour having the largest number of seats but not a majority. However, with possible losses in Scotland, Labour will need to win this seat to ensure they at least increase their haul of MPs.
Previous election results
Data via the Guardian.
Conservative majority in 2010: 1, 058
The MP in the last Parliament – Karl McCartney
A former student union president, Karl McCartney (Con) first contested the seat of Lincoln in 2005 before winning it in 2010. In Parliament he has served on the Conservative backbench 1922 Committee, as well as on the Transport Select Committee. His non-political interests include football, rugby, cricket, snowboarding and motorsports. Full biography on McCartney’s website.
Lucy Rigby (Lab) was previously a councillor in Islington, north London. She now works as a solicitor near Lincoln, where she was selected as the Labour candidate in 2012. Full biography on Rigby’s website.
Ross Pepper (Lib Dem) has lived in Lincoln all his life. He joined the Liberal Democrats while studying International Relations at the University of Lincoln. Pepper works for an optician’s. More details on the Lincoln, Sleaford and North Hykeham Liberal Democrats’ website.
Chairman of the local UKIP Association, Nick Smith previously contested the seat of Lincoln in 2005 and 2010. More details on his Facebook page.
Elaine Smith is the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition Party’s candidate for Lincoln. Further details on Smith’s Facebook page.