Austin Mitchell MP, Labour
Majority: 714 (2.17%)
Austin Mitchell has been the MP for Great Grimsby since 1983 but has announced his intention to stand down in 2015. He previously represented the now-defunct constituency of Grimsby from 1977 until its dissolution in 1983. He has served as a member of both the Public Accounts Committee and Public Accounts Commission since 2010. Mitchell has previously served as an Opposition Whip (1979-85), Chair of the Treasury & Civil Service Sub-Committee (1983-87) and the Shadow Trade and Industry Spokesperson (1988-89).
Ashcroft Polling (April 2015):CON: 24%, LAB: 42%, LD:5%, UKIP: 25%, Green: 2%
Prospective Parliamentary Candidates
Melanie Onn is a 35 year-old trade union organiser. Ms Onn is a mother of one and works for public sector union Unison as a regional organiser. She originally hails from Grimsby.
Victoria Ayling defected to UKIP after running for the Conservative Party in the seat in the 2010 General Election. Mrs Ayling is a councillor on East Lindsey District Council and Lincolnshire County Council.
Marc Jones was elected in 2013 is a Lincolnshire County Councillor as well as Chairman of Lincoln Conservative Association. Jones is currently serving as the Lincolnshire County Councils Executive member for Finance and as a governor at two of his local schools, one of which is for children with behavioural challenges.