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“Most of my day job isn’t in chandelier filled rooms.” Sitting in a traffic jam with Alison McGovern

“Most of my day job isn’t in chandelier filled rooms.” Sitting in a traffic jam with Alison McGovern

Wirral South’s geography has its ups and downs, and so does its politics. “Each of our canvassing routes has a hill to climb,” one of Alison McGovern’s activists said, referring to the steep incline we were walking up as the team working to re-elect McGovern- Labour MP for the constituency since 2010- were knocking doors...
Polling Pubs in Polesworth

Polling Pubs in Polesworth

After meeting Craig Tracey for a pint when I was reporting on the Conservative Party Conference last autumn, the Conservative candidate for North Warwickshire invited me to one of his campaign “Pint in the Pub” evenings in the constituency. With political apathy a dominant theme of the 2015 election, I was intrigued by how Tracey...
The #GE2015 roadtrip: 23 constituencies in 14 days

The #GE2015 roadtrip: 23 constituencies in 14 days

From April 7th-21st, the 50for15 team will be going on one almighty roadtrip. From Argyll and Bute down to Camborne and Redruth, we will be visiting 23 marginal constituencies to find out what the voters in these pivotal seats think about this unpredictable election. Read the full itinerary here. Having already visited 33 of the 50...
No killer blows, but the knives come out in Midsomer Norton

No killer blows, but the knives come out in Midsomer Norton

Arriving in Midsomer Norton, a town just south of Bristol and Bath and near the Mendip Hills, I was secretly hoping to bump into Inspector Barnaby because I knew the gloves were certainly going to be off in a hustings for the Somerset North East candidates in Norton Hill School. In an interview with 50for15...
What’s the road ahead for UKIP at the end of the “largest cul-de-sac in the UK”?

What’s the road ahead for UKIP at the end of the “largest cul-de-sac in the UK”?

“We’re not fruit cakes and loonies” Sergi Singh, the UKIP candidate for Hull North reassuringly tells me as he makes me a coffee in a backroom of his corner shop. Singh’s unprompted comment- referring to David Cameron’s dismissal of members of the anti-European Union party in an interview in 2006 – points to a wider...
Will the Stroud crowd be wowed by the 7-way party debate?

Will the Stroud crowd be wowed by the 7-way party debate?

50for15 asks the electors of Stroud For the first time in history the public will be able to watch the leaders of 7 of Great Britain’s political parties debate head-to-head, but what effect will this have on the voters in the key marginal constituencies, where the outcome of the election is really decided? On Thursday...
 ‘Sleepwalking out of Europe?’ hustings in Oxford West and Abingdon

 ‘Sleepwalking out of Europe?’ hustings in Oxford West and Abingdon

Hustings between parliamentary candidates fill the last month before an election; especially in the marginal seats where candidates are keen to speak to as many voters as possible. While planning our April roadtrip, we noted that there are hustings almost every evening that we pass through a constituency. Fortuitous maybe, but it more likely points...
“The perfect non-party party” Dawn Parry, the Independents for Bristol candidate for Bristol West

“The perfect non-party party” Dawn Parry, the Independents for Bristol candidate for Bristol West

“Members of Parliament are not thinking outside of the parameters of how they have been trained.” Dawn Parry, the Independents for Bristol candidate in Bristol West, lamented at the end of our interview. During the preceding 20 minute conversation, it was clear that Parry’s proposed solutions for many local and national issues were not based...
Have you registered to vote?

Have you registered to vote?

Students are an important voting group in many of 50for15’s marginal constituencies: Arfon, Bristol West, Hendon, Hull North, Lancaster and Fleetwood, Northampton North, Norwich South, and Oxford West and Abingdon all contain significant student populations. However, the students living in these seats won’t have any influence on the final outcome of these extremely close contests...
Not part of the establishment, no longer a protest vote: How does Lorely Burt see the role of the Liberal Democrats in Solihull?

Not part of the establishment, no longer a protest vote: How does Lorely Burt see the role of the Liberal Democrats in Solihull?

Warwick Road, where Solihull Liberal Democrat headquarters are located, seemed to stretch endlessly from Birmingham. It did not help that the numbers of the houses on the road appeared to repeat, which left the sat-nav, and hence me, very confused. Arriving at a first location, which turned out to be a pub, not the constituency...
Party leader or local candidate? Which determines how people vote?

Party leader or local candidate? Which determines how people vote?

Only a handful of the British public will vote for one of the party leaders on May 7th. Conservatives in Witney, Labour supporters in Doncaster North, Lib Dems in Sheffield Hallam, UKIP voters in South Thanet and Greens in Holborn and St Pancras will put a cross next to the name of a party leader. ...
What was the Minister for Portsmouth doing in Southampton?

What was the Minister for Portsmouth doing in Southampton?

How did the Minister for Portsmouth and Conservative MP for West Suffolk end up in Southampton? And what’s he doing on a blog about marginal constituencies, when he won his seat with a majority of 13,050 votes in 2010? Fortunately for Matthew Hancock’s job prospects, West Suffolk is not undergoing the sort of anti-governmental surge...