50 marginal constituencies
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Our 50 constituencies – all on one map

Our 50 constituencies – all on one map

We’ve set ourselves the challenge at 50for15 of travelling to 50 marginal constituencies that will determine the outcome of the general election in May, which, it’s become a truism to say, is one of the least predictable in...
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...
“If I were to speak to 100 people, maybe 2 or 3 would raise immigration” – our interview with David Little, UKIP candidate for Dover and Deal

“If I were to speak to 100 people, maybe 2 or 3 would raise immigration” – our interview with David Little, UKIP candidate for Dover and Deal

Outsiders might assume that supporters of UKIP who live in the UK’s gateway to Europe would be motivated to vote by immigration. UKIP is also seen as a more natural destination for ex-Tory Eurosceptics than left-leaning Labourites. But David Little, UKIP candidate for Dover and Deal, has other ideas about...
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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...
Where next for Watford?

Where next for Watford?

Travelling on the London Overground to Watford, you wouldn’t necessarily realise that it’s a town separate from London. There’s no visual break as you cross the border. Yet Watford has been a settlement in its own right since Anglo Saxon times. These days, it’s often described as a two-way commuter town: home to several large...
“If the SNP are serious about anti-austerity and a more progressive government, let them vote us down if they dare." Chris Williamson talks radical politics from within Labour, and the contest in Derby North

“If the SNP are serious about anti-austerity and a more progressive government, let them vote us down if they dare.” Chris Williamson talks radical politics from within Labour, and the contest in Derby North

It’s by now a familiar theme of 2015 that smaller parties are chipping away at the vote of Conservatives and Labour alike. This trend is aided by perceptions that the mainstream parties are all the same or insufficiently radical — on either wing. In this context, it’s easy to forget that even within the Labour...
Broxtowe: getting to grips with a key Conservative-Labour marginal

Broxtowe: getting to grips with a key Conservative-Labour marginal

Broxtowe encompasses a long, rambling strip extending to the west and north of Nottingham. Although within the Nottingham Urban Area — the designation used by the ONS to reference the continuous urban sprawl between Nottingham and what were once distinct towns — it is not under the authority of Nottingham City Council. So, the constituency...
Moustaches, hippies, and a 99p store; or, the view from Stroud

Moustaches, hippies, and a 99p store; or, the view from Stroud

When I went back home to Stroud in Gloucestershire over the Easter weekend not much had changed (save for my parents knocking down a wall inside our house, a decade after moving in). My Dad made handpicked wild garlic pesto; there was a beer festival on at the Crown and Sceptre (which also hosted 50for15’s...
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...
Ed Balls is standing again in Morley and Outwood. What do voters there think about the economy?

Ed Balls is standing again in Morley and Outwood. What do voters there think about the economy?

Ed Balls was MP for Morley and Outwood from 2010, having represented the now-abolished constituency of Normanton between 2005 and 2010. If Labour were to form the next government — and he retained the seat — Balls would be be Chancellor of the Exchequer. So it’s a marginal in which the stakes are high. In...
“Everywhere is a target” - Neil Hay, SNP candidate for Edinburgh South, talks electoral strategy and the local contest

“Everywhere is a target” – Neil Hay, SNP candidate for Edinburgh South, talks electoral strategy and the local contest

The gap between Labour and the SNP in Edinburgh South at the 2010 general election was over 11,000 votes. Meanwhile, there were only 316 votes between Labour and the Lib Dems. But a lot has changed since then. “This is an SNP/Labour marginal,” asserts Neil Hay, SNP candidate for the constituency. We met in a cafe in...
“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...
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...