Full list of Lib Dems standing in our held seats and top 50 targets

We’re 18 months from the May 2015 election so I thought it’d be useful to keep a running check on how candidate selection is going in our held and key target seats…

Below is the list as I currently understand it. If I’ve missed re-selections of current MPs or selections in seats where our MPs are retiring or in our top 50 targets, do please say so in the comments and I’ll update the list.

Here’s the full list of the 57 MPs elected as Liberal Democrats in May 2010:

    Danny Alexander, Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
    Norman Baker, Lewes
    Alan Beith, Berwick-upon-Tweed – RETIRING. Julie Pörksen selected
    Gordon Birtwistle, Burnley – RESELECTED
    Tom Brake, Carshalton and Wallington – RESELECTED
    Annette Brooke, Mid Dorset and North Poole – RETIRING. Vikki Slade selected
    Jeremy Browne, Taunton
    Malcolm Bruce, Gordon – RETIRING, selection in process.
    Paul Burstow, Sutton and Cheam
    Lorely Burt, Solihull – RESELECTED
    Vincent Cable, Twickenham – RESELECTED
    Menzies Campbell, North East Fife – RETIRING
    Alistair Carmichael, Orkney and Shetland
    Nick Clegg, Sheffield Hallam – RESELECTED
    Michael Crockart, Edinburgh West
    Edward Davey, Kingston and Surbiton – RESELECTED
    Tim Farron, Westmorland and Lonsdale
    Lynne Featherstone, Hornsey and Wood Green – RESELECTED
    Don Foster, Bath
    Andrew George, St Ives
    Stephen Gilbert, St Austell & Newquay
    Duncan Hames, Chippenham
    Mike Hancock, Portsmouth South
    Nick Harvey, North Devon
    David Heath, Somerton and Frome – RETIRING
    John Hemming, Birmingham Yardley
    Martin Horwood, Cheltenham – RESELECTED
    Simon Hughes, North Southwark and Bermondsey – RESELECTED
    Chris Huhne, Eastleigh – NB: Mike Thornton – RESELECTED
    Mark Hunter, Cheadle
    Julian Huppert, Cambridge RESELECTED
    Charles Kennedy, Ross, Skye and Lochaber – RESELECTED
    Norman Lamb, North Norfolk
    David Laws, Yeovil
    John Leech, Manchester Withington – RESELECTED
    Stephen Lloyd, Eastbourne
    Michael Moore, Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk
    Greg Mulholland, Leeds North West – RESELECTED
    Tessa Munt, Wells
    John Pugh, Southport
    Alan Reid, Argyll and Bute
    Dan Rogerson, North Cornwall
    Bob Russell, Colchester – RESELECTED
    Adrian Sanders, Torbay – RESELECTED
    Robert Smith, West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine – RESELECTED
    Andrew Stunell, Hazel Grove – RETIRING. Lisa Smart selected.
    Ian Swales, Redcar
    Jo Swinson, East Dunbartonshire – RESELECTED
    Sarah Teather, Brent Central – RETIRING
    John Thurso, Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross
    David Ward, Bradford East – RESELECTED
    Steve Webb, Thornbury & Yate
    Simon Wright, Norwich South
    Mark Williams, Ceredigion
    Roger Williams, Brecon and Radnorshire – RESELECTED
    Stephen Williams, Bristol West – RESELECTED
    Jenny Willott, Cardiff Central – RESELECTED

And here are the party’s top 50 targets (as listed by UK Polling Report):

    1. Camborne and Redruth (Con, maj: 66) Swing required 0.08%
    2. Oldham East and Saddleworth (Lab, maj: 103) Swing required 0.12% Selection in process
    3. Oxford West and Abingdon (Con, maj: 176) Swing required 0.16% Layla Moran selected
    4. Ashfield (Lab, maj: 192) Swing required 0.2% Jason Zadrozny selected
    5. Sheffield Central (Lab, maj: 165) Swing required 0.2% Selection in process
    6. Edinburgh South (Lab, maj: 316) Swing required 0.36%
    7. Truro and Falmouth (Con, maj: 435) Swing required 0.45% Selection in process
    8. Newton Abbot (Con, maj: 523) Swing required 0.55% Richard Younger-Ross selected
    9. Chesterfield (Lab, maj: 549) Swing required 0.6% Julia Cambridge selected
    10. Swansea West (Lab, maj: 504) Swing required 0.71%
    11. Hull North (Lab, maj: 641) Swing required 0.96% Mike Ross selected
    12. Rochdale (Lab, maj: 889) Swing required 0.97% Selection in process
    13. Harrogate and Knaresborough (Con, maj: 1039) Swing required 0.98% Selection in process
    14. Watford (Con, maj: 1425) Swing required 1.29%
    15. Hampstead and Kilburn (Lab, maj: 42) Swing required 1.51% Maajid Nawaz selected
    16. Montgomeryshire (Con, maj: 1184) Swing required 1.75% Jane Dodds selected
    17. Edinburgh North and Leith (Lab, maj: 1724) Swing required 1.82%
    18. St Albans (Con, maj: 2305) Swing required 2.19% Sandy Walkington selected
    19. Newport East (Lab, maj: 1650) Swing required 2.39%
    20. Weston-Super-Mare (Con, maj: 2691) Swing required 2.56% Mike Bell selected
    21. Hereford and Herefordshire South (Con, maj: 2481) Swing required 2.57% Lucy Hurds selected
    22. Devon West and Torridge (Con, maj: 2957) Swing required 2.68%
    23. Winchester (Con, maj: 3048) Swing required 2.73% Jackie Porter selected
    24. Northampton North (Con, maj: 1936) Swing required 3.09%
    25. Cornwall South East (Con, maj: 3220) Swing required 3.25% Phil Hutty selected
    26. Bristol North West (Con, maj: 3274) Swing required 3.25%
    27. Durham, City of (Lab, maj: 3067) Swing required 3.32%
    28. Dorset West (Con, maj: 3923) Swing required 3.42%
    29. Richmond Park (Con, maj: 4091) Swing required 3.45% Robin Meltzer selected
    30. York Outer (Con, maj: 3688) Swing required 3.46% Nick Emmerson selected
    31. Streatham (Lab, maj: 3259) Swing required 3.48%
    32. Derby North (Lab, maj: 613) Swing required 3.65% Lucy Care selected
    33. Pontypridd (Lab, maj: 2785) Swing required 3.8% Mike Powell selected
    34. Newcastle upon Tyne North (Lab, maj: 3414) Swing required 3.89%
    35. Aberdeen South (Lab, maj: 3506) Swing required 4.07%
    36. Islington South and Finsbury (Lab, maj: 3569) Swing required 4.1% Terry Stacy selected
    37. Birmingham Hall Green (Lab, maj: 3799) Swing required 4.16% Selection in process
    38. Romsey and Southampton North (Con, maj: 4156) Swing required 4.25%
    39. Colne Valley (Con, maj: 4837) Swing required 4.37%
    40. Oxford East (Lab, maj: 4581) Swing required 4.44% Selection in process
    41. Bosworth (Con, maj: 5032) Swing required 4.64% Michael Mullaney selected
    42. Chelmsford (Con, maj: 5110) Swing required 4.68%
    43. Bristol South (Lab, maj: 4734) Swing required 4.9%
    44. Totnes (Con, maj: 4927) Swing required 5.15%
    45. Cambridgeshire South East (Con, maj: 5946) Swing required 5.17%
    46. Ealing Central and Acton (Con, maj: 3716) Swing required 5.2% Jon Ball selected
    47. Warrington South (Con, maj: 1553) Swing required 5.45%
    48. Wrexham (Lab, maj: 3658) Swing required 5.55%
    49. Dunfermline and Fife West (Lab, maj: 5470) Swing required 5.59%
    50. Tewkesbury (Con, maj: 6310) Swing required 5.85%

For the record, these are the 13 seats we lost in May 2010 (all feature above, in the top 50 targets):

    Romsey (Sandra Gidley, 2000-10)
    Falmouth and Camborne (Julia Goldsworthy, 2005-10)
    Oxford West and Abingdon (Evan Harris, 1997-2010)
    Chesterfield (Paul Holmes, 2001-10)
    Richmond Park (Susan Kramer, 2005-10)
    Montgomeryshire (Lembit Öpik, 1997-2010)
    Dunfermline and West Fife (Willie Rennie, 2006-10)
    Rochdale (Paul Rowen, 2005-10)
    Newton Abbot (Richard Younger-Ross, 2001-10)
    Winchester (Mark Oaten, 1997-2010: retired)
    Hereford & S. Herefordshire (Paul Keetch 1997-2010: retired)
    Harrogate and Knaresborough (Phil Willis, 1997-2010: retired)
    Cornwall South East (Colin Breed, 1997-2010: retired)

* Stephen was Editor (and Co-Editor) of Liberal Democrat Voice from 2007 to 2015, and writes at The Collected Stephen Tall.

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  • Liberal Neil 26th Oct '13 - 9:12am

    You’re missing a lot of selected candidates there. Off the top of my head Winchester, Weston and Hampstead & Kilburn have all selected.

  • Alisdair McGregor 26th Oct '13 - 9:23am

    Julian Huppert was reselected ages ago – one of the first.

    Bosworth (re)selected Michael Mullaney about a year ago.
    Chesterfield selected Julia Cambridge
    Derby North selected Lucy Care

  • Richard Church 26th Oct '13 - 9:24am

    Chesterfield have selected Julia Cambridge, Bosworth (Hinkley & Bosworth) have selected Michael Mullaney. Malcolm Bruce is retiring.

  • Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central) and Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire) have both been reselected (Roger over the summer, Jenny last month).

  • John Farrand-Rogers 26th Oct '13 - 9:30am

    Phil Hutty for South East Cornwall and Richard Younger-Ross for Newton Abbot.

  • Pontypridd – Mike Powell selected (early summer 2013)

  • Keith House 26th Oct '13 - 9:51am

    Mike Thornton will be reselected next month.

  • Richard Shaw 26th Oct '13 - 10:02am

    Nick Clegg was reselected last November, if I recall correctly.

  • Helen Dudden 26th Oct '13 - 10:05am

    I have found Don Foster MP not interested in certain subjects. One is international child abduction and retention the other has been problems with my home.

    As a pensioner, I have had to put up with bad housing, cold and expensive, the other problem, on childrens issues I will not state further.

    That is why I have written so much on international childrens issues, I had to listen and learn for myself. You have no contact s in this All Party.

  • Ed Davey was re-selected in July. Think Stephen Williams has been as well.

    Hereford and South Herefordshire is Lucy Hurds

    Cornwall SE is Phil Hutty

    St Albans is Sandy Walkington

  • Weston – Mike Bell. Winchester – Jackie Porter (and this is a seat lost in 2010). York Outer – Nick Emmerson. Pretty sure Islington South have selected.

  • Paul Edgeworth 26th Oct '13 - 11:18am

    Mike Ross has been selected in Hull North

  • Helen Dudden 26th Oct '13 - 11:29am

    @ Simon Shaw. We expect our MP’s to be interested in problems that should concern them.

    As I study law, I can assure you I do know the difference between a plumber and an MP.

    Do think that I am not that educated?

  • Heh. I love that Stephen has opened himself to LOADS of editing here… Presumably this list is a WIP. ETA for updates?

  • Kevin Tillett 26th Oct '13 - 2:45pm

    Lucy Hurds was selected for Hereford & S. Herefordshire on 1st March this year.

  • Jo Swinson was reselected in March.

  • Visitors to this site may be interested in my candidates list for the 2015 general election and my LD target list which is slightly more extensive than the one on UKPR:

    Candidates for the 2015 election:

    LD targets for the 2015 election:

  • Euan Davidson 26th Oct '13 - 5:46pm

    Mike Moore is the MP for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk, not Tweedddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale that was his old seat

  • Ruth Dombey 26th Oct '13 - 5:47pm

    Both Tom Brake and Paul Burstow re-selected months ago

  • On my list I also have Jon Ball selected in Ealing Central & Acton, and Terry Stacy in Islington South & Finsbury.

  • I currently have 15 LD MPs as being reselected, which is one more than in the list above.

  • Paul Westlake 26th Oct '13 - 5:54pm

    Bob Russell has been reselected.

  • Tony Dawson 26th Oct '13 - 7:35pm

    There are a number of seats on that list which are no more serious ‘targets’ in 2015 than is the target of cycling to the moon. A few others in the list i think we might seriously win.

  • Peter Watson 26th Oct '13 - 8:52pm

    I admit that I don’t really follow this aspect of Lib Dem politics, but I was surprised to notice that Evan Harris was not making a return at Oxford West and Abingdon. I have a lot of respect for Harris, who always appears to be very principled, consistent, honest and thoughtful. Is he likely to attempt to return to parliament, or is there something I’ve missed?

  • Also, Oldham E&SW will probably be further down the list now. The 103 majority was the 2010 result, but Lab now has a 3,500+ lead after the by-election.

  • Darren Reynolds 26th Oct '13 - 10:44pm

    Gordon Birtwistle was re-selected.

  • Greg Mulholland was re-selected in November last year

  • Alisdair McGregor 27th Oct '13 - 12:19am

    @Ben By-elections are nice, but for this kind of figuring you want to know what might happen at a general election, so the best guide figures are the previous general, not the by-election

  • Liberal Neil 27th Oct '13 - 7:04pm

    @Peter Watson – for the time being Evan has decided that he wants to concentrate on the various issue based campaigns and organisations he has an interest in such as Hacked Off and Sense About Science. He is still very actively involved within the party on policy development etc. and is being very supportive of our excellent new candidate in Oxford West & Abingdon, Layla Moran.

  • The extent of the corrections shown above doesn’t suggest that the central party is very, well, err, organised!

  • David Wilkinson 27th Oct '13 - 8:59pm

    The list of top 50 seats makes fansty football look sensible

  • Richard Shaw 28th Oct '13 - 1:12pm


    To be fair, Stephen (and LDV) is not the ‘central party’ – the above is a list of candidates as “[he] currently understands it”.

  • On my list I have 21 LD MPs as having been reselected, which is 6 more than the list above shows.

    I think the other 6 are as follows: David Ward, Martin Horwood, John Leech, Gordon Birtwistle, Tom Brake, Lorely Burt.

  • Kevin Tillett 30th Oct '13 - 6:23pm

    Above comment is correct, Lorely has been reselected. Also the list of lost seats has omitted Hereford & S. Herefordshire held by Paul Keetch 1997-2010 before being lost to the Tories

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