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Meet the party who are going above and beyond

Meet the party who are going above and beyond

Above and Beyond is a new political party that wants to see ‘None of the Above’ as an option on ballot papers in future general elections. They have four candidates, who are standing in Cheadle, Clwyd West, Leeds North West, and Sheffield Central. We caught up with Thom Brown, their man in Sheffield. Could you...
Isn't door-knocking just a bit annoying? We ask the people of Gedling

Isn’t door-knocking just a bit annoying? We ask the people of Gedling

Door-knocking is a tactic that every serious political party still relies upon. Despite the ever-increasing availability and usage of the internet, canvassing people’s opinions face to face remains an indispensable tool in a modern electoral campaign. But is it just a bit annoying? When there are so many means of communication, most of which don’t...
Birmingham fights back against falling numbers of registered voters

Birmingham fights back against falling numbers of registered voters

The deadline for getting yourself onto the electoral register is 20th April – you can register to vote here –, but it already seems as though changes to the way the registration takes place have meant that far fewer people will end up voting in 2015 than in 2010. Figures released earlier this week suggest it might be...
White middle-class hippies? "That predates the Green Surge" – Dave Stevens, Green candidate for Bradford East

White middle-class hippies? “That predates the Green Surge” – Dave Stevens, Green candidate for Bradford East

“It’s all Victorian grandeur and 60s sh*t,” Dave Stevens tells us when we arrive in Bradford City centre, gesturing at the buildings around us. “The place wasn’t bombed much during the war – wool isn’t strategically important – but then they saw what was happening in Coventry and decided to copy it.” Stevens is the...
What does Carlisle think about the SNP?

What does Carlisle think about the SNP?

Scottish politics may have undergone a paradigm shift over the past few months, but it is far from obvious, on the train from Edinburgh to Carlisle, at what point Scotland finishes and England begins. East coast trains helpfully stop at Berwick, famous as England’s most northern town, so you get a reasonably good idea of...
An Edinburgh hustings where there's more than one job on offer

An Edinburgh hustings where there’s more than one job on offer

Most political debates that will take place over the coming month will tend to be of two kinds: grand, televised events featuring party leaders, whether of the entire party or of regional subdivisions; or they will be constituency-specific occasions, where the contestants are in direct competition with one another for the same job. However, the...
Were the Stroud crowd wowed by the seven party TV debate? (Of course they were)

Were the Stroud crowd wowed by the seven party TV debate? (Of course they were)

Last Thursday Adam and I gathered together a small group of voters, of various political persuasions and generations, to watch the seven-way leaders’ debate in Stroud, a Labour-Conservative marginal in Gloucestershire. The debate hardly changed anyone’s views radically, but people found the format engaging and it sparked broader discussions about politics, both before and after...
TUSC – the largest political party that you’ve never heard of

TUSC – the largest political party that you’ve never heard of

Is it ‘T’ ‘U’ ‘S’ ‘C’ or ‘Tusc’, I ask the small group of TUSC campaigners by a street-market in Swansea. “It’s ‘Tusc’,” says an activist. “But we don’t really mind, as long as people are talking about us.” Perhaps more people should be talking about TUSC, or the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition to...
Arfon: Where Plaid Cymru are trying to keep Welsh nationalism alive and Labour out

Arfon: Where Plaid Cymru are trying to keep Welsh nationalism alive and Labour out

To take the train from Chester along the north Wales coast is to enter into a world that feels about as remote from Westminster as is possible. Hulking cargo ships chug, apparently motionlessly, down the River Dee with the Wirral in the background; the station names begin a gradual shift from similarity between their Welsh...
Trade union "big guns" rally in support of Labour – and against Nigel Farage

Trade union “big guns” rally in support of Labour – and against Nigel Farage

There is plenty of national out-cry against the rise in support for UKIP. Suzanne Moore in the Guardian recently described Nigel Farage’s policies as “vicious and unworkable”, and at the other end of Fleet Street’s political spectrum, the Telegraph’s James Kirkup referred to “UKIP’s stupid, horrible and misguided views.” But, however much certain members of society...
Can Labour cling on to Southampton Itchen? Perhaps Arnie Graf will save them

Can Labour cling on to Southampton Itchen? Perhaps Arnie Graf will save them

And so to Southampton, a city divided into two constituencies, which, for some strange reason, were given more imaginative names than “Southampton West” and “Southampton East.” Southampton Test and Southampton Itchen are named after the principal rivers that flow through the city and down into the docks. Together they make up the only spots of...
Does Thurrock need a bit of love? (The MP thinks so)

Does Thurrock need a bit of love? (The MP thinks so)

Look at Thurrock on a map and it seems as though the place ought to be yet one more suburb of outer Greater London – perhaps like Ilford or Barking, which the post office reckons are in Essex, but which few people would be able to distinguish from the capital city. Indeed, Thurrock council has...