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It's a slim Conservative majority overall, but who won and who lost in 50for15's seats?

It’s a slim Conservative majority overall, but who won and who lost in 50for15’s seats?

Instead of a hung Parliament, which most people had predicted, the Conservatives ended up winning a slim majority. With 331 seats under their belt, they have a majority of five, if you take the view that 326 seats constitutes a majority (650 divided by 2, plus 1), or a majority of ten when you take into...
Some polling day thoughts from 50for15

Some polling day thoughts from 50for15

Today’s the big day – you’ve still got a few hours left to vote (till 10pm), so make sure you do. Here’s a way of finding contact details for your local authority, who will know where your polling station is, in case you don’t. BBC Free Speech did a quick interview with us to get our...
"Occasionally people say, 'Why are you banging on about potholes? That's nothing to do with Westminster'." – Craig Williams, Conservative candidate for Cardiff North

“Occasionally people say, ‘Why are you banging on about potholes? That’s nothing to do with Westminster’.” – Craig Williams, Conservative candidate for Cardiff North

Craig Williams is the Conservative candidate for Cardiff North, a seat that was held by his party from its creation in 1974 to 1997 and again from 2010 to 2015. Jonathan Evans, the MP from 2010 to 2015, announced he would not stand again in January 2013, and Williams was selected as his replacement two...
There may have been five candidates, but it still felt like the two-party system at Plymouth Uni's Sutton and Devonport hustings

There may have been five candidates, but it still felt like the two-party system at Plymouth Uni’s Sutton and Devonport hustings

In the otherwise yellow and blue wash of Devon and Cornwall, the city of Plymouth is one of the few places that has often returned Labour MPs. Even in Tony Blair’s 1997 landslide, the only Labour MPs outside Plymouth were returned by Exeter and Falmouth & Camborne – on which the current seat of Camborne...
"Free-market policies don't work in Cornwall" – Loveday Jenkin, Mebyon Kernow's candidate in Camborne and Redruth

“Free-market policies don’t work in Cornwall” – Loveday Jenkin, Mebyon Kernow’s candidate in Camborne and Redruth

To most of the world, Cornwall is just another county of England. Perhaps to be lumped together with Devon – as in the case of the Devon and Cornwall police force. Or perhaps to some, with Somerset, Dorset, and a few other ‘Ooh-arr’ places to form South West England – as in the case with...
Meet (Liberal Democrat) Tessa (Munt) – "This seat may well judge me as an individual rather than my party"

Meet (Liberal Democrat) Tessa (Munt) – “This seat may well judge me as an individual rather than my party”

“Come to Axbridge, it’s one community on from Cheddar,” Tessa tells us. And in the constituency of Wells it is Tessa, it’s not Tessa Munt – it’s barely even Tessa the Liberal Democrat. Her posters, which are spread thickly across this corner of Somerset, urge constituents to ‘Vote Tessa.’ The words ‘Liberal Democrats’ don’t feature...
Can young people Swing the Vote?

Can young people Swing the Vote?

The number of people registered to vote seems likely to have fallen this year: the final figures are not yet out, but recent figures from the Office for National Statistics suggested it could be as many as 800,000 fewer. On our roadtrip, we caught up with various organisations that were trying to do something about this....
Ethan Wilkinson speaks two European languages fluently. He's also UKIP's candidate for Cardiff North...

Ethan Wilkinson speaks two European languages fluently. He’s also UKIP’s candidate for Cardiff North…

Given the number of photo-opps Nigel Farage has in pubs, if a UKIP candidate suggests doing an interview in a pub, it’s only reasonable to expect that by the end of it you’ll be boozed-up and nicotined-out. (Isn’t it?) But, contrary to my hopes, this is not the experience of meeting Ethan Wilkinson, the UKIP...
"I'm suspicious about what the Guardian's agenda is" – Lib Dem Stephen Williams on the "distorting" effect of the media in Bristol West

“I’m suspicious about what the Guardian’s agenda is” – Lib Dem Stephen Williams on the “distorting” effect of the media in Bristol West

“On nobody’s basis is Bristol West a marginal seat,” Liberal Democrat Stephen Williams, who has spent last ten years representing the constituency in Parliament, tells us over lunch on our roadtrip. “We won by eleven and a half thousand votes last time.” However, Williams, who is standing again for election, will concede that the seat...
In a tight Lib Dem-Conservative marginal, who came out top at the hustings?

In a tight Lib Dem-Conservative marginal, who came out top at the hustings?

Of the six Parliamentary candidates lined up in front of the altar of St Peter and St Paul, Botley, it’s probably fair to say that only two were serious contenders to transubstantiate into the MP for Oxford West and Abingdon in less than a month’s time: the Liberal Democrats’ Layla Moran, and the Conservatives’ Nicola...
What's the real crossroads for Great Yarmouth? We join Labour's Lara Norris on the doorstep

What’s the real crossroads for Great Yarmouth? We join Labour’s Lara Norris on the doorstep

Great Yarmouth station, whose three platforms are each so long that, standing at one end, you cannot see the other, looks as though it was built for more prosperous times. It certainly seems incongruous when a one-carriage train pulls in. Like another once-affluent coastal town, Great Grimsby, UKIP is polling well here. The party only...

The 50for15 roadtrip (post)

The 50for15 team have already been travelling up, down, and across the country to look at the key issues of the 2015 general election. So far we’ve been to 25 of our 50 seats, and we’re excited to announce our plans for April, the final full month of the general election campaigns. Over the course of two weeks,...