Election Coverage: Dudley North
In the run up to December's General Election, our election correspondent Joshua Sandiford will be creating profiles of key marginal constituencies around the country, combining the key statistics with interviews with the major candidates. This profile focuses on Dudley North.
The strongly pro-Brexit, Midlands seat of Dudley North has one of the slimmest parliamentary majorities in the country.
At the 2017 election, two recounts were necessary before it was possible to declare Ian Austin the winner by a mere 22 votes.
Austin was a staunch critic of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and soon resigned from the party, blaming him for “creating a culture of extremism and intolerance”.
With the Conservatives attempting to frame December's poll as a Brexit election and promising to “get Brexit done”, this seat will be a key target for them
The Tories have selected ex-Walsall mayor, Marco Longhi, to fight the seat, with the former assistant chief executive of Sandwell Council, Melanie Dudley, standing for Labour.
Region: West Midlands
Former MP: Ian Austin
Labour - 18,090
Conservatives - 18,068
UKIP - 2,144
Liberal Democrats - 368
(Labour majority -22)
Turnout - 62.7 %