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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...
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...
 ‘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...
“The perfect non-party party” Dawn Parry, the Independents for Bristol candidate for Bristol West

“The perfect non-party party” Dawn Parry, the Independents for Bristol candidate for Bristol West

“Members of Parliament are not thinking outside of the parameters of how they have been trained.” Dawn Parry, the Independents for Bristol candidate in Bristol West, lamented at the end of our interview. During the preceding 20 minute conversation, it was clear that Parry’s proposed solutions for many local and national issues were not based...
The #GreenSurge in Bristol

The #GreenSurge in Bristol

Looking at the 2010 result alone, Bristol West could be considered a safe Liberal seat — with a majority of over 11,000 — and a straight Lib/Lab fight. In the last 15 years, though, it’s been held by all three of what were then the major parties. Before then, the seat was held by the...
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...
How do you spread Green messages? Certainly not through the mainstream media, according to Hendon's Ben Samuel

How do you spread Green messages? Certainly not through the mainstream media, according to Hendon’s Ben Samuel

Is it a coincidence that although the Green Party has, in one form or another, existed since the 1970s, it is only in the era of social media that it has become a significant political force? Even if, come May, the Greens are able to do no more than retain their Brighton Pavilion seat, the...
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. ...
What was the Minister for Portsmouth doing in Southampton?

What was the Minister for Portsmouth doing in Southampton?

How did the Minister for Portsmouth and Conservative MP for West Suffolk end up in Southampton? And what’s he doing on a blog about marginal constituencies, when he won his seat with a majority of 13,050 votes in 2010? Fortunately for Matthew Hancock’s job prospects, West Suffolk is not undergoing the sort of anti-governmental surge...
A return to Labour? Or will Norwich South be home to the UK's second Green MP?

A return to Labour? Or will Norwich South be home to the UK’s second Green MP?

“You have so many types of conversations here. You’ve got a Tory here, a Green there, the odd UKIP supporter,” Clive Lewis, Labour’s candidate for Norwich South, tells me during a door-knocking session in his constituency. “It’s a five way marginal.” Walking down Colman Road, named after the Norwich-based mustard manufacturer, Lewis is off to...
“Never say never!” Daniel Goldsmith, the Green candidate for Brentford & Isleworth, on how his candidacy can shake up the local contest.

“Never say never!” Daniel Goldsmith, the Green candidate for Brentford & Isleworth, on how his candidacy can shake up the local contest.

“I think unless there is some terrible environmental catastrophe, I’m not likely to win… I mean never say never!” A candidate’s admission of their chances being this slight is rare to come across, but Goldsmith’s remark shows how victory in an electoral contest does not have to come in the form of winning the most...