50 marginal constituencies
1 general election
Wirral South

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

What? A classic Labour-Conservative marginal, currently held by Alison McGovern (Lab).

Where? Part of the Wirral peninsula, just south of Liverpool. Borders Wales.

Why? With Labour having a majority of just 531 votes here in 2010, this is just the sort of seat the Conservatives need to win to gain a majority in the election.

Previous election results

Data via the Guardian.

Labour majority in 2010: 531

The MP in the last Parliament – Alison McGovern

Alison McGovern, MP for Wirral South

Alison McGovern, MP for Wirral South

Alison McGovern (Lab) won Wirral South in 2010, and had previously been a councillor in Southwark in south London. She went to Wirral Grammar School for Girls and currently lives with her family in New Ferry, Wirral. Full biography on McGovern’s website.

@Alison_McGovern

The challengers

John Bell, right, the Conservative challenger for Wirral South

John Bell, right, the Conservative challenger for Wirral South

John Bell (Con) left school at fifteen and spent the following twenty years, on and off, in industry. Later attending the University of Keele to study Economics and Politics, he then became a teacher and lecturer. He retired in 2012. Full biography on Bell’s website.

@JBWirralSouth

Elizabeth_Jewkes

Elizabeth Jewkes, Lib Dem PPC for Wirral South

 

Elizabeth Jewkes (Lib Dem) is head of policy for Liberal Democrat Women and vice chair of the Lib Dem Christian Forum. Her recent campaigns include persuading her party to adopt the policy of raising the income tax threshold to the level of the minimum wage – a slightly modified version of this went into the 2010 Lib Dem manifesto, and was implemented last year. Full biography on Jewkes’ website.

@elizabethjewkes

David Scott, UKIP's candidate for Wirral South

David Scott, UKIP’s candidate for Wirral South

Having also stood for Wirral South in 2005, David Scott (UKIP) is also the chair of  UKIP’s Chester branch, where he helped produce UKIP’s policy on energy and the environment. Further details in the Liverpool Echo.

@davidascottuk

Paul Cartlidge is the Green Party candidate.

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