The South Ribble MP’s departure is a surprise – as is the fact that a shortlist to replace her has been agreed in secret before her news was announced.
Two are ties, and Labour are ahead in three, though well within the margin of error.
In the first of our series looking at May’s electoral battlegrounds, we explore the fierce fights which are taking place across the North West.
From Aberdeen to Ealing, Torfaen to Norfolk, associations are selecting their candidates for 2015.
She was forced to flee Iran with her family after the Islamic Revolution
A life on benefit should be for those in need – not a lifestyle choice.
Candidates sought to replace Laura Sandys and Lorraine Fullbrook – and perhaps to fight against Farage in 2015.
Hundreds of seats are yet to select, and there are claims of deliberate delays.
The Erewash MP’s departure raises serious question for the party on how to retain female MPs.