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"There’s no reason why the whole of Cornwall isn’t Labour." Michael Foster squares up to Camborne and Redruth

“There’s no reason why the whole of Cornwall isn’t Labour.” Michael Foster squares up to Camborne and Redruth

We caught up with Michael Foster, Labour candidate for Camborne and Redruth, on the last day of our roadtrip down the UK. After being driven through Camborne by his election agent in a small (appropriately) red car with a picture of his face on, we spotted him the man himself in-between doorsteps. Appropriately then, the first...
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...
“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...
A Law Unto Themselves? — The SNP in Dundee West

A Law Unto Themselves? — The SNP in Dundee West

Scottish nationalism is a movement of many strands, and SNP candidate for Dundee West, Chris Law, brings together several of the more disparate elements. Till now, the seat — which spans both portions of the city area, and rural Angus — has been a Labour stronghold. But 2015 is likely to return a different result,...
Who will rock the boat in Argyll and Bute?

Who will rock the boat in Argyll and Bute?

Argyll and Bute covers nearly 7000 square kilometres of land and sea. It includes twenty six islands, Britain’s fleet of nuclear-armed submarines, Macbeth’s (or Mac Bethad mac Findlaích‘s) burial ground, and a religious community. Its economy is based on tourism, farming, fishing and energy. It’s also a four-way marginal, which has been held by the Liberal Democrats since...
Immigration "the very top issue" for voters in Ashfield — says Helen Harrison, Conservative candidate

Immigration “the very top issue” for voters in Ashfield — says Helen Harrison, Conservative candidate

Ashfield is one of those areas whose identity was shaped by an industry — coal mining — which no longer exists. Since the late 1960s, the local population has had to transition into new industries. Its towns are increasingly home to Nottingham commuters, and now combine elements of the urban and suburban with older pockets...
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...
 ‘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...
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...
"Surrounded by a sea of blue" - will the Lib Dems sink or swim? Our interview with Vikki Slade, Lib Dem PPC for Mid Dorset and North Poole

“Surrounded by a sea of blue” – will the Lib Dems sink or swim? Our interview with Vikki Slade, Lib Dem PPC for Mid Dorset and North Poole

Picture a Liberal Democrat constituency office in a Lib/Con marginal. The words ‘under siege’ spring to mind immediately. But the Lib Dems in Mid Dorset and North Poole were as far from running scared as it’s possible to be in the above scenario. On the day I visited, the mood was never less than upbeat....
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. ...
“I’ll give it my best shot!” Former Army Reservist Azi Ahmed sets her sights on Rochdale

“I’ll give it my best shot!” Former Army Reservist Azi Ahmed sets her sights on Rochdale

This interview contains references to the recently convicted sex trafficking gangs in Rochdale. At the last general election the Conservatives in Rochdale secured just over half the number of votes cast for the Liberal Democrats (8,305 to 15,810) and were even further behind the victor – Labour’s Simon Danczuk – who won 16,699 votes. So...