Dumfries and Galloway constituency has been served by a Labour MP since its creation.
Russell Brown won the seat when it was formed in 2005, but he had been an MP in the area since 1997.
Before then, the regions that make up the current constituency had largely voted Conservative.
This year, no seat is considered safe, and with the Conservatives, the SNP, the Liberal Democrats, and Labour all hoping to take Dumfries and Galloway, the result is unpredictable.
The constituency, with its current boundaries, was created 10 years ago.
It covers 2,500 square miles of mostly rural landscape, and stretches from Stranraer and the Galloway Peninsula in the west, to Dumfries in the east.
At the 2010 General Election, the breakdown of the result was as follows:
So what issues are important to voters in the constituency?
At a glance:
- Farming is a big industry, particularly dairy production
- Tourism is a growing sector
- The arts, and arts festivals, are becoming increasingly important to the local economy
Ahead of May's vote, farmers, who form much of the constituency's population, are concerned about the UK's distribution of money from Europe:
For business owners, transport and communication are important issues.
Some, who are hoping for the region to become a tourist hotspot, think problems with phone and internet signals need to be addressed for the sector to grow.
And while the rural landscape is inspiring, those involved in the burgeoning arts scene in Dumfries and Galloway believe more resources need to be dedicated to ensuring its long-term growth.
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 following is a list of all the candidates standing for election in Dumfries and Galloway:
- Richard Arkless (SNP)
- Russell Leslie Brown (Scottish Labour)
- Finlay Hamilton Carson (Scottish Conservatives)
- Andrew Robert Metcalf (Scottish Liberal Democrats)
- Geoff Siddall (UKIP)
Watch Fiona McIlwraith's full report on the Dumfries and Galloway constituency: