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Ethan Wilkinson speaks two European languages fluently. He's also UKIP's candidate for Cardiff North...

Ethan Wilkinson speaks two European languages fluently. He’s also UKIP’s candidate for Cardiff North…

Given the number of photo-opps Nigel Farage has in pubs, if a UKIP candidate suggests doing an interview in a pub, it’s only reasonable to expect that by the end of it you’ll be boozed-up and nicotined-out. (Isn’t it?) But, contrary to my hopes, this is not the experience of meeting Ethan Wilkinson, the UKIP...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Under 100 days to go: unpacking the unpredictability of 2015

Under 100 days to go: unpacking the unpredictability of 2015

With under 100 days to go until the 2015 general election, here are three lessons from our marginals. Small parties will disrupt outcomes Nationally, UKIP are polling at 15% and the Greens around 10%. Labour and the Conservatives are neck and neck with approximately 30% each. Of course, patterns vary widely between constituencies, and will...
Dover and Deal: the gateway seat to a Labour majority?

Dover and Deal: the gateway seat to a Labour majority?

I joined Clair Hawkins, Labour candidate for Dover and Deal, on the campaign trail in Tower Hamlets, an area of Dover town with around 2700 households. By strange coincidence, Hawkins’ first role as an elected politician was as a local councillor in Tower Hamlets in London. But she’s a local, Dover born and brought up...
“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 Yellowbird over the White Cliffs of Dover? An interview with the Lib Dem PPC, Sarah Smith

A Yellowbird over the White Cliffs of Dover? An interview with the Lib Dem PPC, Sarah Smith

The first few minutes of my telephone interview with Sarah Smith, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Dover and Deal, was going well. We had discussed what Sarah thinks makes for a good society (“a strong sound economy, individual freedom, and responsibilities to others”), her political background (she’s always been interested), and her love for Dover...
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...
A slice of his mind: Marc Jones, the Conservative candidate for Grimsby

A slice of his mind: Marc Jones, the Conservative candidate for Grimsby

On the last day of my visit to Grimsby, I shared a pizza with Marc Jones, who was selected as the Conservative candidate for Grimsby only that week. Marc is Chairman of the Lincolnshire Conservative Association, and is a Lincolnshire County Councillor. We talked about selection processes, UKIP, and trying to win the seat where...
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...