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« Reply #325 on: January 05, 2016, 01:08:57 pm »
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In a bit of a kerfluffle...

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« Reply #326 on: January 06, 2016, 05:03:10 am »
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Tom Elliott (UUP - Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

Led the party several years prior to entering the UK Parliament in 2015, amusingly enough. Also, as is common for a NI MP, represented the constituency of the same name in the Assembly.

This seat is quite famous; it is pretty evenly balanced between unionists and nationalists, often springs up tight majorities and it's where hunger striker Bobby Sands was elected in a by-election in 1981. Elliott himself could well fall to tactical voting next time.
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« Reply #327 on: January 06, 2016, 10:13:36 am »
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Tom Elliott (UUP - Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

Led the party several years prior to entering the UK Parliament in 2015, amusingly enough. Also, as is common for a NI MP, represented the constituency of the same name in the Assembly.

This seat is quite famous; it is pretty evenly balanced between unionists and nationalists, often springs up tight majorities and it's where hunger striker Bobby Sands was elected in a by-election in 1981. Elliott himself could well fall to tactical voting next time.

Stereotypical UUP type - big farmer from Fermanagh - with reputation for rudeness and ignorance. Famously as UUP leader announced that he would not attend either a gay pride march or a GAA match (Gaelic football and hurling being sports preferred by the Catholic/Nationalist side in Northern Ireland). Expressed delight back in 2004 when the county Gaelic football team's championship run ended with a semi-final defeat because the loss would apparently put manners on local Catholics.
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« Reply #328 on: January 07, 2016, 09:10:08 am »
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Michael Ellis (Conservative - Northampton North)

Was selected in an open primary; last year he was up against two former Labour MPs - Sally Keeble and Tony Clarke (the latter standing as a Green...though he actually represented the South seat). Seems to really hate potholes.
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« Reply #329 on: January 08, 2016, 09:07:19 am »
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Jane Ellison (Conservative - Battersea)

An Undersecretary in the Health department. Used to have a habit of contesting absolutely hopeless seats. Battersea is an example of a London seat in which modern demographic changes have pushed the seat away from Labour.
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« Reply #330 on: January 08, 2016, 11:50:12 am »
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Which is the norm in that part of London, actually. And is directly related to shifts towards Labour in nearby inner suburbs.
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« Reply #331 on: January 09, 2016, 08:27:11 am »
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Louise Ellman (Labour/Co-Op - Liverpool Riverside)

Chair of the Transport Select Committee, Jewish and a member of Labour Friends of Israel (like her fellow Liverpool MP Luciana Berger).
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« Reply #332 on: January 11, 2016, 11:02:04 am »
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Tobias Ellwood (Conservative - Bournemouth East)

Army veteran, likes to speak his mind. Foreign Under-Secretary.
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« Reply #333 on: January 12, 2016, 10:34:47 am »
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Charlie Elphicke (Conservative - Dover)

Seems to be a bit of a maverick type.
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« Reply #334 on: January 13, 2016, 09:42:27 am »
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Natascha Engel (Labour - North East Derbyshire)

Berlin-born. A Brownite who likes to serve on committees.
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« Reply #335 on: January 15, 2016, 09:25:55 am »
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Bill Esterson (Labour - Sefton Central)

Shadow Minister for Small Business, former amateur hockey player.
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« Reply #336 on: January 16, 2016, 06:55:53 am »
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George Eustice (Conservative - Camborne and Redruth)

A former UKIPer (stood for them in the 1999 Euro elections) and has maintained something of a maverick status, having opposed the pasty tax fiasco (and as was asked at the time, how on earth did that not bring the government down?!).
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« Reply #337 on: January 18, 2016, 03:38:15 pm »
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Chris Evans (Labour/Co-Op - Islwyn)

Neil Kinnock's old seat, of course.
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« Reply #338 on: January 22, 2016, 04:48:09 am »
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Graham Evans (Conservative - Weaver Vale)

Former police special constable who has perhaps the dullest Wiki article of any MP (even including the 2015ers who have one sentence!).
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« Reply #339 on: January 24, 2016, 11:10:03 am »
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Nigel Evans (Conservative - Ribble Valley)

Former Deputy Speaker who resigned after allegations were made about him. One of those who were reasonably high up in the Tory party in the pre-Cameron days before fading away.
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« Reply #340 on: January 25, 2016, 10:18:59 am »
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David Evennett (Conservative - Bexleyheath and Crayford)

He was the only Tory to have lost his seat to Labour in 1997, fail to regain it in 2001 but then regain it in 2005. The guy he defeated to first become an MP (for the preceding seat of Erith and Crayford) was, ironically, a man by the name of James Wellbeloved - who had defected from Labour to the SDP.
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« Reply #341 on: January 28, 2016, 03:51:03 pm »
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Michael Fabricant (Conservative - Lichfield)

Poor man's Boris Johnson in just about every way. A Eurosceptic with a socially liberal streak. Previously represented the somewhat more Labour-friendly seat of Mid Staffordshire - which he re-gained for the Tories in 1992 after they had lost it in a famous by-election dominated by the poll tax issue. My favorite quote about him comes from Nick Robinson - "He's not even a household name in his own household."
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« Reply #342 on: January 29, 2016, 08:04:38 am »
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Michael Fabricant (Conservative - Lichfield)

Poor man's Boris Johnson in just about every way. A Eurosceptic with a socially liberal streak. Previously represented the somewhat more Labour-friendly seat of Mid Staffordshire - which he re-gained for the Tories in 1992 after they had lost it in a famous by-election dominated by the poll tax issue. My favorite quote about him comes from Nick Robinson - "He's not even a household name in his own household."

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« Reply #343 on: January 29, 2016, 11:31:52 am »
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An unnamed Staffordshire MP who liked to brag about the number of parliamentary divisions he attends was described in Tony Wright's Very Short Introduction to British Politics as a prize buffoon and used as an example of why journalists should not assume that turning up in division lobbies = doing a good job. I wonder who he had in mind.
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« Reply #344 on: January 31, 2016, 06:53:22 am »
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Michael Fallon (Conservative - Sevenoaks)

Current Defence Secretary. Held various ministerial positions prior. Previously the member for Darlington (1983-1992) where he lost the seat to another notable politician - Labour's Alan Milburn. Fallon is on the right of the party and for some reason is the go-to Tory to make absurd claims in the media about whoever the Labour leader happens to be.
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« Reply #345 on: January 31, 2016, 08:39:01 am »
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An unnamed Staffordshire MP who liked to brag about the number of parliamentary divisions he attends was described in Tony Wright's Very Short Introduction to British Politics as a prize buffoon and used as an example of why journalists should not assume that turning up in division lobbies = doing a good job. I wonder who he had in mind.

If it's about him, That really is hugely unfair to Fabricant, who is a genuinely popular & passionate Constituency MP with some reasonably progressive views on key topics. At the very least the people of Lichfield don't seem to view him as a lazy or unworthy representative.
I feel sure he's defining buffoon as having a corny sense of humor or quixotic personal interests,
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« Reply #346 on: February 03, 2016, 07:25:38 am »
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Paul Farrelly (Labour - Newcastle-under-Lyme)

An ex-journalist, he has been the MP here since 2001. Came pretty close to losing last year; probably did well to hold on in fact, given the patterns across the Midlands (outside of the big cities) in general.
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« Reply #347 on: February 06, 2016, 08:48:54 am »
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Tim Farron (Liberal Democrat - Westmorland and Lonsdale)

The most low-profile centre party leader since Clement Davies, surely. The only thing of note he's done since his election was his stumbling over questions about his dubious views on certain social issues. Still, he's built up an impressive following in his own seat and it is by far the 'safest' of the eight held by the party.
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« Reply #348 on: February 11, 2016, 07:24:52 am »
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Marion Fellows (SNP - Motherwell and Wishaw)

Taught business studies at the same time as being an active trade unionist, apparently. Tongue Was a councillor in North Lanarkshire prior to being elected to the Commons.
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Suella Fernandes (Conservative - Fareham)

Stood in Leicester East in 2005 and for the London Assembly in 2012.
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