Election 2010 – The key figures

With Preston and its surrounding constituencies going to poll tomorrow, here is the key information you’ll need regarding the percentage of voters needed to swing their vote in order to unseat the current candidate; and the time the result is expected to be announced.

Whilst Preston, Wyre & Preston North, and the Fylde require a reasonably large percentage of voters to change their minds based on the last election; the South Ribble and Ribble Valley constituencies should be very closely contested – and could go right down to the wire.

The constituencies and their details are as follows:

Preston:

The previously elected candidate for this constituency is Labour’s Mark Hendrick, who won with a majority of 8,338.

In order for a non-Labour candidate to be elected, there must be a 13.8% swing in voters, based on 2005’s vote.

This result is expected at about 3am on the morning of Friday 7th May.

Wyre & Preston North:

The previously elected candidate for this constituency is Conservatives’ Ben Wallace, who won with a majority of 12,082 when this seat was known as Lancaster & Wyre.

In order for a non-Conservative candidate to be elected, there needs to be a 13.8% swing in voters.

This result is expected at about 4am on Friday morning.

Fylde:

The previously elected candidate for this constituency is Conservatives’ Michael Jack, who is stepping down after serving the area for 27 years.

In order for a non-Conservative candidate to be elected, there needs to be a 14.3% swing in voters.

This result is expected at about 3am on Friday morning.

South Ribble:

The previously elected candidate for this constituency is Labour’s David Borrow, who won with a majority of 2,528.

In order for a non-Labour candidate to be elected, there needs to be just a 2.7% swing in voters.

This result is expected at about 5am on Friday morning.

Ribble Valley:

The previously elected candidate for this constituency is Conservatives’ Nigel Evans, who won with a majority of 6,953.

In order for a non-Conservative candidate to be elected, there needs to be 7.6% swing in voters.

This result is expected at about 2am on Friday morning.

How to get involved:

Blog Preston will blogging live from Preston Town Hall so, to get involved, head to our live coverage page or if you’re on Twitter add #preston10 to your tweets and have your say.

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