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Battleground Anglia: North East Cambridgeshire

The Conservatives won the North East Cambridgeshire constituency at the 2010 General Election with a majority of more than 16,000 votes. Photo: Contains OS data © Crown copyright / ITV News Anglia

This constituency consists largely of flat fenlands, ideal for farming. It extends from Peterborough in the west, over to the border with Norfolk, and has wards from East Cambridgeshire District Council, Fenland District Council and Peterborough unitary authority. This is the most rural constituency in the county, and geographically the largest.

The constituency covers a large, flat area known as the Fens, chiefly used for arable farming. Linked to farming is the other major mode of employment for residents of the constituency: haulage. Other major industries include food-processing, warehousing and packing.

One of the largest towns in the constituency, and one of only two with a rail link, is March, with 20,000 residents. Another significant town, Wisbech, is Cambridgeshire's only port.

  • Conservative majority in 2010: 15,425
  • NE Cambs is the safest seat in Cambridgeshire
  • Labour would need a swing of 17% to win in 2015 and the Lib Dems would need a 16% swing
Share of the vote in the NE Cambs constituency at the last General Election. Credit: ITV News Anglia

This part of Cambridgeshire is usually safe Conservative territory although the area went Liberal in the 1970s.

This used to be the old Isle of Ely seat which was held by celebrity Liberal MP Clement Freud between 1973 and 1987. Ely has now been moved into South East Cambridgeshire by boundary changes.

North East Cambs has had a Conservative MP since 1987 with Stephen Barclay being elected in 2010.

Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft has been conducting opinion polls in individual seats across the UK.

In a snapshot poll in NE Cambs in February 2015, the Tories still held a comfortable lead with a 46% share of the vote. But the poll suggested that UKIP support had increased four-fold from 6% at the 2010 election to 25%.

Candidates in 2015

  • Stephen Barclay - Conservative
  • Andrew Charalambous - UKIP
  • Lucy Nethsingha - Liberal Democrats
  • Ken Rustidge - Labour
  • Helen Scott-Daniels - Green
82,956
Electorate in 2013
112,376
Population in 2011
1.6
Population density (people per hectare)

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