2015 Result:
Conservative: 25762 (49.5%)
Labour: 16579 (31.9%)
Lib Dem: 2130 (4.1%)
Green: 1845 (3.5%)
UKIP: 5704 (11%)
MAJORITY: 9183 (17.7%)

Category: Semi-marginal Conservative seat

Geography: East Midlands, Leicestershire. Part of the Charnwood council area.

Main population centres: Loughborough, Shepsted, Sileby, Quorn, Barrow upon Soar,.

Profile: The seat consists of the town of Loughborough, most widely associated with its famously sporty university, the dormitory town of Shepsted on the M1 to the west and smaller villages of the Soar valley to the east, including Sileby, Quorn and Barrow upon Soar. Quorn is associated with the famous Quorn hunt, although it actually left the village a century ago and is based elsewhere in Leicestershire. The meat substitute Quorn is also reportedly named after the village, but has no other connection to it.

Politics: Loughborough is a key marginal, having been won by the party that received the most seats at every general election since February 1974. Before that the seat contained part of the Leicestershire coalfield and was a safe Labour seat.

Current MP
NICKY MORGAN (Conservative) Born 1972, Kingston on Thames. Educated at Surbiton High School and Oxford University. Former solicitor. Contested Islington South 2001, Loughborough 2005. First elected as MP for Loughborough in 2010. Economic Secretary 2013-2014, Financial Secretary 2014. Education Secretary since 2014.
Past Results
Con: 21971 (42%)
Lab: 18227 (34%)
LDem: 9675 (18%)
BNP: 2040 (4%)
Oth: 925 (2%)
MAJ: 3744 (7%)
Con: 17102 (37%)
Lab: 19098 (41%)
LDem: 8258 (18%)
UKIP: 1094 (2%)
Oth: 588 (1%)
MAJ: 1996 (4%)
Con: 15638 (35%)
Lab: 22016 (50%)
LDem: 5667 (13%)
UKIP: 933 (2%)
MAJ: 6378 (14%)
Con: 19736 (38%)
Lab: 25448 (49%)
LDem: 6190 (12%)
MAJ: 5712 (11%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

2015 Candidates
NICKY MORGAN (Conservative) See above.
MATTHEW O`CALLAGHAN (Labour) Educated at Ashby-de-la-Zouch Grammar School. Business consultant. Melton councillor and former Leicestershire councillor.
STEVE COLTMAN (Liberal Democrat) Educated at Selhurst Grammar School and Southampton University. Retired chemical projects manager.
BILL PIPER (UKIP) Educated at Royal Latin School.
Comments - 362 Responses on “Loughborough”
  1. TIM JONES – “She’s standing up for what she believes in’

    Really? By criticising someone for wearing leather pants? And her own logic of “I’d have to think how I’d explain myself to constituents” doesn’t strike me as being born out of principle, either. It hardly shows great political principle, does it? Where was her criticism of Cameron when he lambasted Corbyn for wearing a cheap suit that hadn’t been personally tailored? Forget the sexism; that was so blatant, and yet she couldn’t use the same “principle” to defend Jeremy Corbyn and his modest lifestyle?

    I think she has been subconsciously sexist, but I am not too worried about that, as she did it primarily out of descrimination against her political rival, rather than for consciously sexist ideas. I also think it is fair game to report that May is wearing a 1k pair of trousers, providing they do the same to male politicians. But please, don’t try to paint this political eye-scratching as principled.

  2. She used to support leaving the EU as well.

    One word sums her up ‘airhead’

  3. LD GAIN

  4. “Sadly, the ragged band of nutcase Europhiles will find any excuse to take a pot shot at the Prime Minister. They do not believe the result of the referendum should be honoured. They are working to find any means possible to undermine the position of the PM and her Brexit ministers.” Nadine Dorries MP.

    Seriously though, cutting out the hyperbole and “subverting democracy” rhetoric, Nadine Dorries is correct that the price of a pair of leather trousers is merely being used as a proxy for something more important.

  5. “the price of a pair of leather trousers is merely being used as a proxy for something more important”

    Welcome to British political discourse 2016…

  6. RIVERS10 – Depressing, isn’t it.

    But look on the bright side. It’s nearly Christmas, and here’s something I think all the contributors here can get behind. Let’s keep the X-Factor off Christmas number one:


  7. The Quentin Letts article was a classic.

  8. [email protected]
    Disappointed to be sacked from the Stupendous momentum Green trousers team.
    A wonderful role.

  9. Labour has held the marginal ward of Loughborough Shelthorpe (the other seat is Tory) by just 595 votes to 591. Don’t know if that is partially a student ward, in which case the students wouldn’t have been around?

  10. Labour has selected Stuart Brady for this constituency.

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