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
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
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.
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.
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.
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