This year could see big changes for the Workington constituency as its long-serving Labour MP has retired.
Historically, Workington has been a safe seat for the party, and it's returned a Labour MP at every general election for the last 100 years.
Sir Tony Cunningham first won the seat 14 years ago, and received more than 45% of the vote at the last election.
But in this close national race, and with the Conservatives, Liberal Democrats, UKIP and the Greens all contesting the seat, a repeat performance by Labour cannot be taken for granted.
Geographically, the Workington constituency covers the town itself, the coastal resort of Silloth to the north and Cockermouth on the edge of the Lake District National Park.
At the last election, the Conservatives came second to Labour with the breakdown of results as follows:
So what do those heading to the polling booth in Workington on May 7 need to know?
At a glance:
- Child poverty in some wards is almost twice the national average
- People are more likely to have been hit by cuts to social welfare
- Millions of pounds have been spent repairing the damaged caused by the 2009 floods
- The energy industry is important to the local economy
The energy sector is one of the biggest employers in the area.
Historically, it was the nuclear industry that provided many jobs, with local companies supplying nearby Sellafield.
More recently, renewable "green" energy has also been a growing sector, with wind power in particular being harnessed in the area.
But for one firm set up to deal with nuclear waste, there are concerns. Forth Engineering has invested more than £1 million in its business, and created jobs in the area.
But the Managing Director is worried that there are not enough workers in the region qualified to take on these roles.
Some of the older generation agree, with members of the Senhouse Street Working Mens Club saying they're concerned for the future prospects of young people.
We asked some of the candidates standing for election on May 7 to tell us what it is that they think matters in the constituency:
The full list of candidates standing in Workington is as follows:
- Sue Hayman (Labour)
- Mark Jenkinson (UKIP)
- Rozila Kana (Conservative)
- Jill Perry (Green Party)
- Phill Roberts (Liberal Democrats)
Watch Matthew Taylor's full report on the Workington Constituency: