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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...
What's the real crossroads for Great Yarmouth? We join Labour's Lara Norris on the doorstep

What’s the real crossroads for Great Yarmouth? We join Labour’s Lara Norris on the doorstep

Great Yarmouth station, whose three platforms are each so long that, standing at one end, you cannot see the other, looks as though it was built for more prosperous times. It certainly seems incongruous when a one-carriage train pulls in. Like another once-affluent coastal town, Great Grimsby, UKIP is polling well here. The party only...
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...
“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...
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...
Will the giants of Glasgow fall? An interview with Stewart McDonald, SNP candidate for Glasgow South

Will the giants of Glasgow fall? An interview with Stewart McDonald, SNP candidate for Glasgow South

Glasgow South is a relatively new constituency, born in 2005 of parts of previous Westminster seats with much more evocative names: Glasgow Cathcart, Glasgow Govan, Glasgow Rutherglen and Glasgow Pollok. The electorate, though, are still making Scottish voices heard — this time, by giving unprecedented support to the SNP. For the first two years of its...
 ‘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...
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...
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...
“If I were to speak to 100 people, maybe 2 or 3 would raise immigration” – our interview with David Little, UKIP candidate for Dover and Deal

“If I were to speak to 100 people, maybe 2 or 3 would raise immigration” – our interview with David Little, UKIP candidate for Dover and Deal

Outsiders might assume that supporters of UKIP who live in the UK’s gateway to Europe would be motivated to vote by immigration. UKIP is also seen as a more natural destination for ex-Tory Eurosceptics than left-leaning Labourites. But David Little, UKIP candidate for Dover and Deal, has other ideas about what’s driving UKIP support in...
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...