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Thurrock high on Labour target list
7:20am Friday 11th January 2013 in News
THURROCK has been named as the Labour party’s second most important target for the 2015 general election.
The list of 106 target seats was published by the Labour party on Tuesday, and lists 88 seats Labour lost in 2010, 15 the party last won in 2001, and three seats it hasn’t held at any point between 1997 and 2010. North Warwickshire tops the table.
Conservative MP Jackie Doyle-Price ended Labour’s 18-year reign in Thurrock when she defeated Labour candidate Carl Morris in May 2010 by just 92 votes.
Mr Morris ran for the seat after his boss, Andrew Mackinlay, who had been the borough’s MP since 1992, decided to step down.
Ms Doyle-Price will fight Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate Polly Billington at the next election. The Thurrock seat is the fifth most marginal constituency in the UK.
The South Basildon and East Thurrock seat, currently held by Conservative MP Stephen Metcalfe, is 98 on Labour’s target list.
Mr Metcalfe took the seat from Labour’s Angela Smith at the last election, with 44 per cent of the vote. Mrs Smith had held the seat since 1997.