Wigan

2015 Result:
Conservative: 9389 (20.7%)
Labour: 23625 (52.2%)
Lib Dem: 1255 (2.8%)
Green: 1273 (2.8%)
UKIP: 8818 (19.5%)
Independent: 165 (0.4%)
Others: 768 (1.7%)
MAJORITY: 14236 (31.4%)

Category: Very safe Labour seat

Geography: North West, Greater Manchester.

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Politics:


Current MP
LISA NANDY (Labour) Born 1979, Manchester. Educated at Newcastle University. Former policy advisor. Hammersmith and Fulham councillor 2006-2010. First elected as MP for Wigan in 2010. Shadow Energy Secretary since 2015.
Past Results
2010
Con: 10917 (25%)
Lab: 21404 (48%)
LDem: 6797 (15%)
UKIP: 2516 (6%)
Oth: 2506 (6%)
MAJ: 10487 (24%)
2005*
Con: 7134 (21%)
Lab: 18901 (55%)
LDem: 6051 (18%)
UKIP: 1166 (3%)
Oth: 1026 (3%)
MAJ: 11767 (34%)
2001
Con: 6996 (21%)
Lab: 20739 (62%)
LDem: 4970 (15%)
Oth: 886 (3%)
MAJ: 13743 (41%)
1997
Con: 7400 (17%)
Lab: 30043 (69%)
LDem: 4390 (10%)
Oth: 536 (1%)
MAJ: 22643 (52%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

Demographics
2015 Candidates
CAROLINE KERSWELL (Conservative)
LISA NANDY (Labour) See above.
MARK CLAYTON (Liberal Democrat) Former Manchester councillor. Contested Wigan 2010.
MARK BRADLEY (UKIP)
WILL PATTERSON (Green)
GARETH FAIRHURST (Wigan Independents)
BRIAN PARR (Independent)
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Comments - 206 Responses on “Wigan”
  1. ““Oh come on, Andy Burnham is going to walk this, why does the contest have to drag on all summer?” – every mainstream commentator from the equivalent point in the 2015 leadership race.”

    A complete re-writing of history there.

    First off Chuka was instant bookies favourite until he dropped out.

    Thereafter it was seen by most in the media, and on here, to be quite close between Cooper and Burnham. Agreed Corbyn didn’t seem like a serious contender until later on.

  2. That said, on the substance of the matter, I’m not sure I agree with Deepthroat that RLB has no chance, though I hope he is right.

    Clearly Momentum and Unite believe that if they whip hard enough, their 3 legged horse can still win the Grand National against a more able bodied animal.

    There’s a lot of time left and there will be dirt flying in both directions. Starmer’s time as DPP is surely a vulnerability but then so is RLB’s fracking husband and her views on abortion (incidentally just about the only thing I like about her).

  3. Starmer’s time on a lot of issues plays worse with the public but is not as toxic with the party membership.

  4. @ Lancs Observer

    Operation Floret appears to have concluded with no action taken. I say appears to as the only internet evidence I can find is on Gareth Fairhurst’s own blog.

    As a journalist maybe you can find the report as it is not on the GMP or IOPC website and we can decide whether it was a colossal waste of taxpayers money or not.

    The good news is there is going to be a book and TV drama series according to his blog…

  5. Thanks – I’ll have a look. Re the woeful GMP, I recommend the Shipman docu on BBC2. Although the GMC were useless too.

    250 murders in plain sight really is staggering.

  6. Shevii – I see what happened in Wigan may be repeated in Manc. The City Council have claimed that the Ind Clayton Cllr has resigned – he denies this, of course.

    Hopefully, it won’t result in the same costly saga.

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