50 marginal constituencies
1 general election
South Thanet

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

What? UKIP prime target.

Where? North-east Kent. Includes the towns of Ramsgate and Sandwich.

Why? Will Nigel Farage become an MP? All eyes on South Thanet to see if the UKIP leader will win a seat in Parliament. To do so, he will have to win more votes than Craig Mackinlay, the Conservative candidate, who has previously served as the leader and deputy leader of UKIP. With the attention on this seat, others are entering the contest, including comedian Al Murray, the Pub Landlord. Will drinks be on him come the morning of May 8th?

Previous election results

Data via the Guardian.

Conservative majority in 2010: 7, 617

The MP in the last Parliament – Laura Sandys

Laura Sandys, MP for South Thanet

Laura Sandys, MP for South Thanet

Laura Sandys (Con) is standing down as an MP at this election, having first been elected one in 2010. In Parliament, she has served on the Ecclesiastical Select Committee, the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee, and on the Speaker’s Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority. More details on Parliament’s website.

The challengers

Craig MacKinlay, Conservative PPC for South Thanet

Craig Mackinlay, Conservative PPC for South Thanet

Deputy leader and leader of UKIP in the late 1990s, Craig Mackinlay, now the Conservative challenger for South Thanet, worked as an accountant and tax adivsor and is now a partner in a Kent firm. He is a trustee of the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust and the Foord Almshouses in Rochester. Full biography on Mackinlay’s website.

@cmackinlay

Will Scobie, Labour challenger for South Thanet

Will Scobie, Labour challenger for South Thanet

A member of the Labour Party since he was sixteen, Will Scobie has served as a Thanet district councillor and Kent county councillor. He recently led successful campaigns to bring back Ramsgate-based police and to keep services at the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother hospital in Margate. Full biography on Scobie’s website.

@willscobie

Russ Timpson, Lib Dem challenger for South Thanet

Russ Timpson, Lib Dem challenger for South Thanet

Russ Timpson (Lib Dem) has worked in the military, public sector and in senior roles in the private sector. His political interests include the development of the Discovery Park, a business park outside Sandwich, and the growth of Manston airport, Kent’s major airport. Full biography on Timpson’s website.

@russt2015thanet

Nigel Farage, UKIP leader and PPC for South Thanet

Nigel Farage, UKIP leader and PPC for South Thanet

Leader of UKIP and MEP for the South East region of the UK, Nigel Farage is a former city trader. At the 2010 general election he notably survived a plane crash on the morning polls opened.

@nigel_farage

Ian Driver, Green PPC for South Thanet

Ian Driver, Green PPC for South Thanet

Ian Driver (Green) is a councillor in Thanet. He previously worked as a trade union official and as a councillor in Peckham. He also managed the Thanet Citizens Advice Bureau. Further details on Driver’s blog.

@ianddriver

Al Murray's campaign poster for his party FUKP

Al Murray’s campaign poster for his party FUKP

Standing for the Free United Kingdom Party (FUKP), comedian Al Murray, better known as his persona the Pub Landlord, has chosen to stand in South Thanet. His policies include making Alex Salmond the First Minister of Norwich and setting up a demilitarised zone between North Thanet and South Thanet. More details on Murray’s website.

Ruth Bailey from the Manston Airport Party

Ruth Bailey from the Manston Airport Party

Ruth Bailey, a campaigner for the reopening of Manston airport, has formed her own party, the Manston Airport Independent Party. Bailey works as a primary school teacher. More details in on the Manston Airport Party website.

@ruthbrackstoneb

Prophet Zebadiah is standing for the Al-Zebabist Nation of OOOG, a party whose aims include “freeing the Afro-Thanetian Zaliphate from the grips of Broadstafarian and English hegemony.” Further details on the party’s website.

@prophetzebadiah

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