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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’s the road ahead for UKIP at the end of the “largest cul-de-sac in the UK”?

What’s the road ahead for UKIP at the end of the “largest cul-de-sac in the UK”?

“We’re not fruit cakes and loonies” Sergi Singh, the UKIP candidate for Hull North reassuringly tells me as he makes me a coffee in a backroom of his corner shop. Singh’s unprompted comment- referring to David Cameron’s dismissal of members of the anti-European Union party in an interview in 2006 – points to a wider...
"I say to people: you want a slick PR man? You have Cameron. You want integrity and values? Then that's Ed" - our interview with Tulip Siddiq, Labour PPC for Hampstead and Kilburn

“I say to people: you want a slick PR man? You have Cameron. You want integrity and values? Then that’s Ed” – our interview with Tulip Siddiq, Labour PPC for Hampstead and Kilburn

You’ll be hard pressed to find any writing about the constituency of Hampstead and Kilburn that doesn’t caricature it as a tale of two cities — Hampstead, home to an uneasy entente between champagne socialists and investment bankers; Kilburn, a less than glamorous appendage of Brent with historic Irish and Caribbean populations. I met with...
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. ...
Getting his teeth into GE2015: can dentist Pramod Subbaraman win Edinburgh South for the Lib Dems?

Getting his teeth into GE2015: can dentist Pramod Subbaraman win Edinburgh South for the Lib Dems?

The Liberal Democrats fell short of Labour by 316 votes in Edinburgh South in the 2010 general election. Despite declining support in national opinion polls, the Lib Dem candidate Pramod Subbaraman (perhaps unsurprisingly) asserts that his party has a chance in the seat come May 2015. We talk about the issues facing voters in the...
“Let the best person win”: Mary Macleod MP’s thoughts on the General Election

“Let the best person win”: Mary Macleod MP’s thoughts on the General Election

The issues that matter – London Living wage – housing – campaign strategy – political engagement and voting turnout – immigration & EU politics – diversity and bias in politics Can you take us through the top three issues for voters in Brentford & Isleworth? My patch stretches all the way from Chiswick to Hounslow. London is like lots of individual villages stuck together, and...
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...
Campaigning for a Conservative majority: Paul Scully, the Conservative PPC for Sutton and Cheam

Campaigning for a Conservative majority: Paul Scully, the Conservative PPC for Sutton and Cheam

I caught up with Paul Scully, the Conservative candidate for Sutton and Cheam, in Sutton High Street to learn that in a Conservative/Liberal Democrat marginal, any reported bliss of coalition in Westminster does not transcend to local campaigns. What do you think are the most important issues to Sutton & Cheam? I have lived here for...
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...
The National Health Action Party: a healthy start, but what’s the prognosis?

The National Health Action Party: a healthy start, but what’s the prognosis?

Last Sunday the National Health Action Party (NHA Party) revealed their first set of candidates who will contest seats at the General Election next year. I went to the party’s conference at Conway Hall in London and interviewed Dave Ash, who is contesting Sutton and Cheam, one of 50for15’s key marginals. The National Health Action...
Right and proud – marching with LGBTory at Brighton Pride

Right and proud – marching with LGBTory at Brighton Pride

Does the legalisation of same-sex marriage by a Government led by a Conservative Prime Minister mark a new relationship between the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community and the Conservative Party? Indeed, did such tensions ever truly exist? I met Colm Howard-Lloyd, the Chairman of LGBTory, an affiliated organisation that promotes LGBT rights within...