50 marginal constituencies
1 general election
Morley and Outwood

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

What? Ed Balls’ seat.

Where? Just south of Leeds, in Yorkshire.

Why? After boundary changes in 2010, Ed Balls won the seat with a majority of 1, 101 votes, down 8.4% on the share of the vote he received in 2005. The Conservatives need to gain seats with current Labour majorities similar to Morley and Outwood in order to win a majority. If the Tories do succeed here, it would be one of the biggest stories of results night.

The 2010 result

Candidate Party Votes Share
Ed Balls Labour 18, 365 37.6%
Antony Calvert Conservative 17, 264 35.3%
James Monaghan Liberal Democrat 8, 186 16.8%
Chris Beverley BNP 3, 535 6.4%
David Daniel UKIP 1, 506 3.1%

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

Labour majority: 1, 101

The MP in the last Parliament – Ed Balls

Ed Balls, Shadow Chancellor and MP for Morley and Outwood

Ed Balls, Shadow Chancellor and MP for Morley and Outwood

Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer Ed Balls (Lab and Co-op) was previously Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families and Economic Secretary to the Treasury. He is a member of the trade unions Unite and Unison. Balls grew up in Norwich and Nottingham. Full biography on Balls’ website.

@edballsmp

The challengers

Andrea Jenkyns, the Conservative candidate for Morley and Outwood

Andrea Jenkyns, the Conservative candidate for Morley and Outwood

Having worked in private-sector management and as a music teacher, Andrea Jenkyns (Con) is a trustee of MRSA Action UK and has fundraised for charities such as Help for Heroes and Save The Children. Full biography on Jenkyns’ website.

@andreajenkyns

Rebecca Taylor, the Lib Dem candidate for Morley and Outwood

Rebecca Taylor, the Lib Dem candidate for Morley and Outwood

Rebecca Taylor (Lib Dem) was MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber from 2012 to 2014. Her political interests include health, youth employment and training, and the environment. More information on Taylor’s blog.

@RTaylor_LibDem

David Dews (UKIP) contested Pudsey in 2010. He is a councillor for Wrenthorpe and Outwood West. More details in the Yorkshire Evening Post and YourNextMP.

Martin Hemingway, the Green candidate in Morley and Outwood

Martin Hemingway, the Green candidate in Morley and Outwood

Former archaeologist Dr Martin Hemingway (Green) was a Labour councillor in Leeds from 1990 to 2002. He left the Labour Party in opposition to the Iraq war. More details on Yorkshire and the Humber Green Party’s website.

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Arnie Craven, Yorkshire First’s candidate

Arnie Craven is Yorkshire First’s candidate for Morley and Outwood. He grew up in Outwood, and now works in central Leeds.

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