50 marginal constituencies
1 general election
Watford

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

What? A three way marginal (Labour-Conservative-Lib Dems). One of the seats the Liberal Democrats could gain in 2015.

Where? Hertfordshire. Just north-west of London.

Why? A bellwether three-way marginal. The Conservatives came from third place in 2005 to take the seat in 2010. Lib Dem candidate is Dorothy Thornhill, the first directly elected mayor of Watford and current mayor. Elected in 2002, she has won re-election in 2006, 2010, and 2014 so is well known in the constituency.

Previous election results

Data via the Guardian.

Conservative majority in 2010: 1, 425

The current MP – Richard Harrington

Richard Harrington, MP for Watford

Richard Harrington, MP for Watford

Born in Leeds, Richard Harrington (Con) studied Law at Oxford, before moving to Watford to works for Trewins department store (now John Lewis). He joined the Conservative Party in 1983, and became Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party in 2012. Full biography on Harrington’s website.

@richard4watford

The challengers

Mayor of Watford Dorothy Thornhill

Mayor of Watford Dorothy Thornhill

Thrice-elected mayor of Watford Dorothy Thornhill is the Liberal Democrat candidate for Watford. She intends to further new the plans for a Health Campus and complete the Croxley Rail link. More details on Thornhill’s website.

@mayordorothy

Cllr Matt Turnaine is representing Labour in Watford

Cllr Matt Turnaine is representing Labour in Watford

Matt Turmaine (Lab), a Watford councillor, works in the media. His campaigns have included the modernisation of Watford General Hospital. Full biography on Turmaine’s website.

@turmaine

Nick Lincoln, UKIP PPC for Watford

Nick Lincoln, UKIP PPC for Watford

Nick Lincoln joined UKIP in 2010, attracted by their stance on the EU. He is a small business owner who lives in Watford and works in Radlett, a nearby village. Full biography on Lincoln’s website.

@ukipwatford

Aidan Cottrell-Boyce is the Green Party candidate.

Aidan Cottrell-Boyce is the Green Party candidate.

Aidan Cottrell-Boyce is the Green Party candidate. Further details on the Watford Green Party website.

@Aidancb87

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