Battleground Anglia: South Northamptonshire

The Conservatives won the South Northamptonshire constituency at the 2010 General Election with a majority of more than 20,000 votes. Credit: ITV News Anglia

South Northamptonshire became the safest seat in the county at the last election in 2010.

South Northamptonshire is a predominantly rural constituency. It includes the towns of Brackley, and Towcester, and several villages, the largest being Middleton Cheney, Roade and Silverstone.

The seat reaches up to the south of Northampton town, but does not include any significant portion of the town itself. However, it does benefit from its proximity to the county town, and also Milton Keynes, both of which provide employment opportunities within easy commuting distance.

The Silverstone motor racing circuit is in the constituency, and the racing industry provides a significant amount of employment in the immediate area.

The seat straddles the M1 and A5, and has easy access to and from London.

  • Conservative majority in 2010: 20,478

  • Safest seat in Northamptonshire and the sixth safest Conservative seat in the Anglia region

  • Labour would need a swing of 19% to win in 2015 and the Lib Dems would need a 17% swing

Population growth meant this was a newly created seat for Northamptonshire at the 2010 General Election. It was carved out of wards previously part of the Daventry and Northampton South constituencies.

It is still the largest seat in Northamptonshire in terms of electorate.

Treasury Minister Andrea Leadsom has been the MP since 2010.

Candidates in 2015

  • Damon Boughen - Green

  • Roger Clark - UKIP

  • Andrea Leadsom - Conservative

  • Lucy Mills - Labour

  • Tom Snowdon - Liberal Democrats