General Election: Who’s running in Rugby

Ed Goncalves - Liberal Democrat candidate
Ed Goncalves - Liberal Democrat candidate
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Here’s our brief guide to who’s standing where around Rugby in the 2015 general election on May 7.

We’ll be profiling the Rugby candidates in greater detail as the election approaches.

Terence White - Green candidate

Terence White - Green candidate

Elections to Rugby Borough Council will be held on the same day.

See next week’s Advertiser for details.

There are three parliamentary constituencies in the Advertiser’s readership area.

Rugby constituency

Gordon Davies - UKIP

Gordon Davies - UKIP

The candidates:

Gordon Davies (UKIP)

Claire Edwards (Labour)

Ed Goncalves (Liberal Democrat)

Mark Pawsey - Conservative

Mark Pawsey - Conservative

Pete McLaren (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)

Mark Pawsey (Conservative)

Terry White (Green)

The state of play in Rugby:

Claire Edwards - Labour

Claire Edwards - Labour

Mark Pawsey won the seat for the Conservatives in the 2010 election with a majority of 6,000, The turnout was 68.9 per cent.

Rugby is ranked at number 95 on Labour’s target list of 125 seats it needs to win to form a government.

The constituency has changed since the 2010 election.

It now comprises the following wards:

Admirals; Avon and Swift; Benn; Bilton; Brownsover North; Brownsover South; Caldecott; Earl Craven and Wolston; Eastlands; Fosse; Hillmorton; Lawford and King’s Newnham; New Bilton; Newbold; Overslade; Paddox; Wolvey, in Rugby Borough

Bulkington in the Borough of Nuneaton and Bedworth.

Pete McLaren - Trade Union and Socialist Coalition

Pete McLaren - Trade Union and Socialist Coalition

Kenilworth and Southam constituency

The candidates:

Rob Ballantyne (Green)

Harry Cottam (UKIP)

Richard Dickson (Liberal Democrat)

Jon Foster-Smith (True Democracy Party)

Nicholas Blunderbuss Green (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)

Bally Singh (Labour)

Jeremy Wright (Conservative)

The state of play in Kenilworth and Southam:

Jeremy Wright won the seat for the Conservatives in the 2010 election with a majority of 12,552. The turnout was 81.2 per cent.

Five wards in the Rugby area included in the constituency are: Dunchurch and Knightlow, Leam Valley, Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Long Itchington and Stockton, and Napton and Fenny Compton.

Daventry constituency

The candidates:

Abigail Campbell (Labour)

Michael Patrick Gerard (UKIP)

Chris Heaton-Harris (Conservative)

Callum Delhoy (Liberal Democrat)

Steve Whiffen (Green)

The state of play in Daventry

Chris Heaton-Harris held the seat for the Conservatives in the 2010 general election with a majority of 19,188. The turnout was 72.5 per cent.

All wards in Daventry district are in the constituency. These include Barby, Crick, East Haddon, Kilsby, Lilbourne, West Haddon, Winwick and Yelvertoft.

The national picture

There are 650 seats in parliament

At the end of the last parliament, the Conservatives had 302 seats, with Labour the next largest party, with 256 seats.

The Conservatives formed a coalition with the Liberal Democrat party after the 2010 general election, giving a working Government majority of 73.