Seven more parliamentary seats are currently open for candidate applications. Following what appears to be a deliberate pattern – possibly to offer opportunities to candidates with different aims and plans – the tranche ranges from two hyper-marginal seats (Barrow in Furness and Keighley), via four with majorities of a few thousand, up to one (Sefton Central) which has a pretty huge Labour majority. Two (Barrow, and Bury South) were won by Labour in 2017 but have incumbent MPs who have since departed to sit as independents.
Notably, all but one (Sefton Central) are estimated by Chris Hanretty to have voted Leave in the referendum. Given this fact, and the mood of the Conservative grassroots about the Government’s Brexit delay, it will be interesting to see if that has any bearing on the eventual selections.
Here are the seven seats:
Barrow in Furness: Incumbent: John Woodcock (sitting as an independent since 2018). Labour majority: 209.
Bassetlaw: Incumbent: John Mann. Labour majority: 4,852.
Bolton North East: Incumbent: David Crausby. Labour majority: 3,797.
Bury South: Incumbent: Ivan Lewis (sitting as an independent since 2018). Labour majority: 5,965.
Gedling: Incumbent: Vernon Coaker. Labour majority: 4,694.
Keighley: Incumbent: John Grogan. Labour majority: 249.
Sefton Central: Incumbent: Bill Esterson. Labour majority: 15,618.
Applications close on Friday 10th May.