For the final results in each of 50for15's constituencies, see this post.
What? Labour-Conservative marginal which the Tories need to win to gain a majority.
Where? Eastern part of the coastal city of Southampton in Hampshire.
Why? Royston Smith, the Conservative candidate in 2010 received 9% more of the vote than the Conservative candidate in 2005 but was still short by 192 votes to current Labour MP, John Denham. Mr Smith will stand again, but this time against Rowenna Davis for Labour.
Previous election results
Data via the Guardian.
Labour majority in 2010: 192
The MP in the last Parliament – John Denham
Former president of the Southampton University student union, John Denham (Lab) was first elected MP for Southampton Itchen in 1992, having contested the seat in 1983 and 1987. Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee under Tony Blair and Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills under Gordon Brown Denham, Denham used to be Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills. He is standing down at this election. Full biography on Denham’s website.
Formerly a journalist, Rowenna Davis (Lab and Co-op) is taking the place of John Denham as Labour candidate for Southampton Itchen. She grew up in inner-city London. Full biography on Davis’ website.
Leader of the Conservative group on Southampton City Council, Royston Smith (Con) used to work as an aircraft engineer with the RAF. Born in Southampton, he now runs a business that specialises in relationship management and political communications. More details on Smith’s website.
Eleanor Bell (Lib Dem) has worked for the NHS and Southampton University. She is a member of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, and a Trustee of Hampshire Buildings Preservation Trust. Further details on Bell’s website.
Kim Rose (UKIP) also contested the seat of Southampton Itchen in 2001 and 2005, when he won 829 and 1, 623 votes respectively. He was born in Southampton. More details on Rose’s Facebook feed.
John Spottiswoode (Green) is the director of a local business that delivers energy efficiency solutions to small companies. He led the successful campaign to stop water fluoridation in Southampton, setting up Hampshire Against Fluoridation in 2008, of which he remains the Chairman. Further details on the Southampton Green Party’s website.
Sue Atkins is the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition candidate for Southampton Itchen. Further details on Atkins’ Facebook page.