50 marginal constituencies
1 general election
Sutton and Cheam

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

What? A “battle of the Pauls” between Liberal Democrat MP Paul Burstow and Conservative challenger Paul Scully.

Where? On the southern edge of Greater London.

Why? A key battleground seat between the coalition partners. A seat the Conservatives would like to gain to be able to form a majority, or buffer any loses and retain a plurality of seats. The future of services at the local St Helier Hospital is a key issue for the constituency.

Previous election results

Data via the Guardian.

Liberal Democrat majority in 2010: 1, 608

The MP in the last Parliament – Paul Burstow

Paul Burstow, MP for Sutton and Cheam

Paul Burstow, MP for Sutton and Cheam

Born at St Helier Hospital, whose uncertain future is a key issue for this constituency, Paul Burstow (Lib Dem) worked as a councillor in Sutton from 1986 to 2002 and was first elected MP for Sutton and Cheam in 1997, when he defeated the Conservative incumbent Olga Maitland. He was Minister of State for Care Services from 2010 to 2012, and has since chaired independent commissions on health care. Full biography on Burstow’s website.

@paulburstow

The challengers

Paul Scully, Conservative PPC for Sutton and Cheam

Paul Scully, Conservative PPC for Sutton and Cheam

Having lived in Sutton for twenty-eight years, Paul Scully (Con) is a volunteer at St Helier Hospital, where his children were born, a school governor, and a former Sutton councillor. Full biography on Scully’s website.

@scullyp

Emily Brothers, Labour's candidate in Sutton and Cheam

Emily Brothers, Labour’s candidate in Sutton and Cheam

The first openly transgender person to stand for Parliament, Emily Brothers (Lab) has worked at the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Disability Rights Commission. She is herself blind, and in the 1980s she campaigned for the introduction of the Disability Living Allowance, which incorporated blind people for the first time.

Professor Angus Dalgleish, UKIP candidate for Sutton and Cheam

Professor Angus Dalgleish, UKIP candidate for Sutton and Cheam

Cancer-expert Professor Angus Dalgleish is standing as the UKIP candidate for Sutton and Cheam. He is the principal of the Cancer Vaccine Institute. He is particularly opposed to the EU Clinical trial directive. Full biography on Dalgleish’s website.

Maeve Tomlinson, Green candidate for Sutton and Cheam

Maeve Tomlinson, Green candidate for Sutton and Cheam

From a mixed English and Irish background, Maeve Tomlinson (Green) works as a cycle instructor. She is a supporter of ‘Keep Our St Helier Hospital’ campaign. More details on the Sutton Green Party’s website.

Dave Ash, the NHA candidate for Sutton and Cheam

Dave Ash, the NHA candidate for Sutton and Cheam

Dave Ash (National Health Action Party) has never worked in the NHS, but, in his words, “the threat facing our wonderful NHS has left me with no choice but to take this on as a personal quest.” More details on the NHA’s website.

@DaveAsh_

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