Constituency Profile: Richmond

The Conservatives currently hold Richmond. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Richmond is a geographically huge constituency that covers a vast amount of rural North Yorkshire.

It includes much of the Yorkshire Dales national park, Swaledale, Wensleydale and part of the North Yorkshire Moors. It has many small villages and hamlets, as well as four towns: Richmond, Northallerton, Stokesley and Leyburn. It is also home to the army base at Catterick Garrison.

The local economy consists mainly of agriculture and tourism.

The constituency has sent Conservative MPs to Westminster since the General Election in 1910. The Conservative former Foreign Secretary William Hague has represented the seat since winning a by-election in 1989 but he is now standing down.

The 2010 result:

Conservative: 33,541 (62.8%)

Lib Democrats: 10,205 (19.1%)

Labour: 8,150 (15.3%)

Green: 1,516 (2.8%)

Majority: 23,336 (43.7%)

The 2015 candidates:

John Blackie (Independent)

Matthew Cooke (UKIP)

John Harris (Lib Dem)

Mike Hill (Lab)

Leslie Rowe (Green)

Robin Scott (Independent)

Rishi Sunak (Con)