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"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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Life's a dream, but will Julie Hilling have to wake up in May?

Life’s a dream, but will Julie Hilling have to wake up in May?

  Contempt for MPs is running high – when 50for15 asks voters what their views of politicians are, many are disaffected, and many are actively angry. Various scandals over the years – Plebgate in 2012, the expenses scandals in 2009, and the cash for coronets affair in 2006 – have gnawed away at citizens’ enthusiasm...
Campaigning in Hampstead and Kilburn, come rain and more rain...

Campaigning in Hampstead and Kilburn, come rain and more rain…

“A lot of people assume Labour and Conservative activists actively dislike each other, but however much you get into arguments on Twitter, that’s not really true,” says Daniel Paterson, the campaigner manager for Simon Marcus, who is standing as the Conservative candidate in Hampstead and Kilburn. “You’re doing the same job fundamentally, so you do end...
A pint with Craig Tracey, the Conservative candidate for North Warwickshire

A pint with Craig Tracey, the Conservative candidate for North Warwickshire

Most people have an extended period of time from deciding to run as a candidate in a seat to their successful selection as the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate. Not so for Craig Tracey, the Conservative candidate for North Warwickshire. Shortly after the resignation of the current Conservative MP, Dan Byles, Craig was chosen as the local party’s candidate. A...
The infrastructure fit for a constituency and for a campaign: Our interview with James Heappey

The infrastructure fit for a constituency and for a campaign: Our interview with James Heappey

The 2014 Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham was brimming with fringe events. One attendee remarked that think tanks and advocacy groups are more inclined to organise activities at conferences of the parties in government, adding that, “The Conference is more fun when we’re governing”. In the midst of the activity, and through the handy help...
UKIP and Democracy: John Stanyer's pitch to Carlisle

UKIP and Democracy: John Stanyer’s pitch to Carlisle

Update: Mr Stanyer is now the UKIP PPC for Penrith and the Border. After running after a large purple sign on a wooden stick I spotted in Carlisle, I fortunately came across UKIP parliamentary candidate John Stanyer beneath it. Following my slightly unorthodox approach, we got stuck into the primary reason for UKIP’s appeal to Carlisle’s...