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Newton Abbot

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

What? Conservative-Liberal Democrat marginal and growing UKIP support.

Where? Inland south Devon. Half an hour’s train ride from Exeter.

Why? Former Liberal Democrat MP Richard Younger-Ross lost the seat in 2010 to Conservative Anne Marie Morris by 523 votes. Both are standing again. UKIP’s headquarters are located in the constituency and the party will hope to disrupt the vote.

The 2010 result

Candidate Party Votes Share
Anne-Marie Morris Conservative 20, 774 43.0%
Richard Younger-Ross Liberal Democrat 20, 251 41.9%
Patrick Canavan Labour 3, 387 7.0%
Neale Raleigh UKIP 3, 088 6.4%
Corinne Lindsey Green 701 1.5%

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

Conservative majority: 523

The MP in the last Parliament – Anne-Marie Morris

Anne-Marie Morris, MP for Newton Abbot

Anne-Marie Morris, MP for Newton Abbot

Previously a small business owner and corporate lawyer, Anne-Marie Morris (Con) was first elected MP for Newton Abbot in 2010. She spends her Friday evenings hold “Face to Face” events in local Devon pubs, and holds similar events at the weekend in Teignbridge supermarkets. Full biography on Morris’ website.

@ammorrismp

The challengers

Richard Younger-Ross, former MP for Teignbridge

Richard Younger-Ross, former MP for Teignbridge

Formerly MP for Teignbridge, the predecessor seat for Newton Abbot, Richard Younger-Ross (Lib Dem) served as Shadow Minister in the Culture, Media and Sport team and on the European Scrutiny Select Committee and the Defence Select Committee. He is an active Christian. Full biography on Younger-Ross’ website.

@yrossr

Roy Freer, Labour's candidate in Newton Abbot

Roy Freer, Labour’s candidate in Newton Abbot

Roy Freer is Labour’s candidate for Newton Abbot. He is a local businessman, who recently reopened the Market Gate pub in central Newton Abbot. More details on Newton Abbot Labour’s website.

@royfreer

Rod Peers, UKIP's candidate for Newton Abbot

Rod Peers, UKIP’s candidate for Newton Abbot

Rod Peers (UKIP) has lived in Newton Abbot for more than thirty years, having been a governor at Decoy Primary School, in the south of Newton Abbot, for 16 years. More details on UKIP Devon’s website.

Steven Smyth-Bonfield, the Green candidate for Newton Abbot

Steven Smyth-Bonfield, the Green candidate for Newton Abbot

Steven Smyth-Bonfield is standing as the Green Party’s candidate in Newton Abbot. More details on his Facebook page.

Sean Brogan is the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition candidate.

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