Grudge matches set to dominate the general election

Grudge matches are set to dominate the general election campaign in London as the political parties try to reverse the results of two years ago.

Simon Hughes seen during the 2015 General Election campaign

Veteran Lib Dems Sir Simon Hughes (Bermondsey & Old Southwark), Sir Vince Cable (Twickenham) and Ed Davey (Kingston & Surbiton) will be seeking revenge after they were ousted in 2015.

Mary Macleod

Former Conservative MPs Mary Macleod (Brentford & Isleworth), Nick de Bois (Enfield North) and Lee Scott (Ilford North) will be looking to turn the tables on the Labour MPs who replaced them.

Zac Goldsmith

Zac Goldsmith (Richmond Park) is hoping to reverse his November by-election defeat when Lib Dem Sarah Olney overturned a 23,000 vote Tory majority.

Kate Hoey

Vauxhall, south London, could emerge as the dirtiest battle of the campaign as the Lib Dems attempt to unseat maverick Labour MP Kate Hoey despite her 12,708 majority.

Tim Farron

Hoey was a cheerleader for the ‘Leave’ campaign during the EU referendum but almost 80% of her constituents voted to ‘Remain’.

The constituency is set to be flooded by Lib Dem activists. Leader Tim Farron chose a local church hall last week for an early campaign visit to Vauxhall.

Rupa Huq

The Conservative priority London target is Labour’s Rupa Huq (Ealing Central & Acton) where she may struggle to defend her majority of just 274.

Sir Vince Cable

Twickenham will be the main focus of the Lib Dems’ campaign effort in south west London. Former Business Secretary Sir Vince Cable is again fighting Dr Tania Mathias MP.

The most vulnerable London MP should be Housing Minister Gavin Barwell (Croydon Central) who defends a majority of just 165 but opinion polls suggest Conservative marginal seats are more secure than Labour marginals.

Croydon Central is another re-run of the 2015 contest. Barwell's main challenger is the candidate he defeated two years ago, Labour's Sarah Jones.

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