Two distinct areas make up seat formed in 2010

In our latest election focus, we look at the Lancaster and Fleetwood constituency

Friday, 2nd June 2017, 12:55 pm
Updated Sunday, 4th June 2017, 9:04 pm
Four candidates are battling to represent Fleetwood in Parliament

The Lancaster and Fleetwood seat was created in 2010 following boundary changes and was held initially by Eric Ollerenshaw for the Conservatives.

But he lost out to Labour’s Cat Smith in 2015 by 1,265 votes, making this one of the most marginal seats in the country.

Mr Ollerenshaw is one of four candidates battling to represent the area this time round.

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Geographically 20 miles separate the two districts of Lancaster and Fleetwood, and the communities are also distinct from each other in other ways.

While Lancaster is a university city, Fleetwood is a fishing town which has lost a lot of its industry.

At last year’s EU referendum, both districts voted to leave Europe - Fleetwood by 75 per cent, and Lancaster by 51 per cent.

Fleetwood has some of the most deprived areas of the country, and efforts to revive the fishing industy have so far stalled, with plans for a new fish park now on the backburner.

Transport is another big issue, with the town feeling the absence of a railway link.

Robin Long (Liberal Democrat)

I have lived in Lancaster for nearly 13 years, building up a career as a physicist at Lancaster University.

Politics is far too focused on catchy slogans and popularist policies instead of concentrating on what is best for the people, their communities and enabling each person to achieve their potential.

The solution is to do things differently, so I chose to stand so we can do things in a better way and change the country for the better.

The Liberal Democrats will reverse the cuts to education, add a penny on income tax to fund health and social care, and ensure the public have the final say on the Brexit deal.

Rebecca Novell (Green Party)

We can’t keep voting for the same thing and expect different results.

While I despise what the Tory Government has done to our NHS, our schools and our most vulnerable communities, Labour is not the answer to our problems.

I am standing for the Green Party because I want change and that means voting for something different.

The Green Party has real solutions to the issues impacting on my constituency.

They will remove the failing universal credit system which is ruining the lives of so many and build 500,000 socially rented homes to provide new, affordable housing to thousands of families.

Eric Ollerenshaw (Conservative)

After the last election we all assumed the constituency would vanish following the boundary changes.

However I am delighted it hasn’t and that I now have the chance to stand again and get some of the projects that I started, like the fish park back off the ground.

I have always welcomed the investment we brought into Fleetwood, for example improvements to the sea wall, but I want to bring in even more investment into our town to improve transport links and create jobs as well as making sure Brexit means a revival for our British fishing industry.

Cat Smith (Labour)

Just two years after being elected as your member of parliament, with a Lord Street office and regular advice sessions I’ve helped thousands of people and responded to more than 14,000 calls, letters, and emails.

I’ve ensured pensioners can use NOW cards on trams, supported fishermen to get safety equipment, and raised important local issues, like fracking, in Parliament.

I’ve supported economic redevelopment plans and am proud that Labour has pledged £20m to re-open the railway into Fleetwood.

Re-elect me and I’ll be your voice in Westminster, because I’ll never forget that I work for you.