Wyre & Preston North

2015 Result:
Conservative: 26528 (53.2%)
Labour: 12377 (24.8%)
Lib Dem: 2712 (5.4%)
Green: 1699 (3.4%)
UKIP: 6577 (13.2%)
MAJORITY: 14151 (28.4%)

Category: Very safe Conservative seat

Geography: North West, Lancashire. Part of Preston council area and part of Wyre council area.

Main population centres: Thornton, Garstang, Sharoe Green, Poulton-le-Fylde.

Profile: A rather awkward seat that takes in the comfortable northern suburbs of Preston, and then a large swathe of quiet rural towns and villages to the north, places like Gastang and Bowgrave along the M6. To the west it then meanders along the northern bank of the Wyre before crossing the river to include the towns of Thornton and Poulton-Le-Fylde near the Wyre estuary. On the eastern side it runs up into the moorlands of Bowland Fell. It is an affluent area, with one of the highest proportions of owner-occupiers of any seat in the country.

Politics: Wyre and Preston North was created in 2010 as an extra seat for Lancashire and was correctly expected to be a safe Conservative seat.

Current MP
BEN WALLACE (Conservative) Born 1970, Farnborough. Educated at Millfield School and RMA Sandhurst. Former officer in the Scots Guard, seeing service in Northern Ireland and Central America, and director of Qinetiq. Contested MSP for North East Scotland 1999-2003. First elected as MP for Lancaster and Wyre in 2005. Former PPS to Ken Clarke, Government whip 2014-2015. Junior Northern Ireland minister since 2015.
Past Results
Con: 26877 (52%)
Lab: 10932 (21%)
LDem: 11033 (22%)
UKIP: 2466 (5%)
MAJ: 15844 (31%)

2015 Candidates
BEN WALLACE (Conservative) See above.
JOHN POTTER (Liberal Democrat) Contested Stalybridge and Hyde 2010.
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  1. Ben Wallace as been appointed Defence Secretary.

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