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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...
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...
Perfecting Your Punchy Pamphlet

Perfecting Your Punchy Pamphlet

1…2…3… Have I lost your attention already? Three seconds is short, but it’s the average amount of time we pay to political leaflets which come through our mailbox. I visited the Conservative-Labour battleground of Lancaster and Fleetwood to shadow a Conservative campaign day in the constituency and learn more about what makes a good leaflet,...
“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...
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...
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...
A snapshot of doorstep campaigning with Louise Baldock, the Labour candidate for Stockton South

A snapshot of doorstep campaigning with Louise Baldock, the Labour candidate for Stockton South

Louise Baldock was selected as the Labour Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Stockton South in July 2013. Over a year later, I talk to Louise about how she has built the organisation required for her campaign, and the steps forward to May 2015. “Let’s start door-knocking tomorrow” Louise said when she won the nomination to be...
August in review

August in review

This August, 50for15 covered 6 of our 50 constituencies, travelling across and around the country to bring you a taste of the marginals that will determine the 2015 general election outcome. Naturally, each constituency has its idiosyncracies – the most interesting of which I’ll recap below. Some common themes are beginning to emerge, though. All-women shortlists...
General election? What general election? Door-knocking for the Scottish independence referendum with Ian Murray MP

General election? What general election? Door-knocking for the Scottish independence referendum with Ian Murray MP

There were less than nine months to go until the general election when I joined a small contingent from the Labour Party going door-knocking on the very edges of Edinburgh South. But, even though local MP Ian Murray won his seat by a mere 316 votes in 2010, Westminster was not the first thing on...