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Constituency Profile: Redcar

The Liberal Democrats currently hold Redcar. Photo: ITV News Tyne Tees

The constituency of Redcar has a proud industrial history of steelmaking and chemical manufacturing.

This once solid Labour seat was taken by the Liberal Democrats in 2010 as voters protested against what they saw as Labour’s failure to save the town’s steelworks.

The former Northern Ireland Secretary Mo Mowlem is a former MP. She was followed by the now Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird.

Polls suggest that Labour will win back this seat in May. It is one of the party’s two key ‘battleground target seats’ in the North East, along with Stockton South.

Ian Swales (Liberal Democrat) won the seat in 2010. He was first elected that year but is now standing down.

The 2010 result:

Liberal Democrats: 18,955 (45.2%)

Labour: 13,741 (32.7%)

Conservative: 5,790 (13.8%)

UKIP: 1,875 (4.5%)

BNP: 1,475 (3.5%)

Trade Union and Socialist Coalition: 127 (0.3%)

Majority: 5,214 (12.4%)

The 2015 candidates:

Anna Turley (Labour)

Josh Mason (Lib Dem)

Jacob Young (Conservative)

Chris Gallacher (UKIP)

Peter Pinkney (Green)

Philip Lockey (NEP)

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