50 marginal constituencies
1 general election
Walsall North

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

What? Labour-Conservative marginal.

Where? A town on the outskirts of the West Midlands, east of Wolverhampton

Why? Just the sort of seat the Conservatives need to gain to win a majority in 2015. Current Labour MP David Winnick has served the seat since 1979: in 2001 he gained 58.1% of the vote, but in 2010, his support had dropped to 37% of the vote, just 990 more than his Conservative opponent.

Previous election results

Data via the Guardian.

Labour majority in 2010: 990

The MP in the last Parliament – David Winnick

David Winnick, MP for Walsall North

David Winnick, MP for Walsall North

First elected an MP in 1966 (for Croydon South) David Winnick (Lab) will be 87 by the end of the next Parliament. His political interests include housing, civil liberties and anti-discriminatory legislation, and foreign affairs. Full biography on Winnick’s website.

The challengers

Douglas Hansen-Luke, Conservative PPC for Walsall North

Douglas Hansen-Luke, Conservative PPC for Walsall North

Douglas Hansen-Luke (Con) runs his own company, and is especially keen on supporting local businesses and education. Full biography on Hansen-Luke’s website.

@dhansenluke

Liz Hazell

Liz Hazell is the UKIP candidate for Walsall North.

Elizabeth Hazell (UKIP), who contested the seat in 2010, is standing again. She is a Councillor on Walsall Council. More details in the Birmingham Post.

Mike Harrison is the Green candidate for Walsall North.

Mike Harrison is the Green candidate for Walsall North.

Mike Harrison is the Green candidate for Walsall North. His career has mostly been in IT, with breaks for house-husbanding and volunteering. Since coming to the West Midlands he has volunteered in supporting bereaved people, and in 2013/14 he re-trained as a teaching assistant. More details on Harrison’s Facebook page.

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