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"There’s no reason why the whole of Cornwall isn’t Labour." Michael Foster squares up to Camborne and Redruth

“There’s no reason why the whole of Cornwall isn’t Labour.” Michael Foster squares up to Camborne and Redruth

We caught up with Michael Foster, Labour candidate for Camborne and Redruth, on the last day of our roadtrip down the UK. After being driven through Camborne by his election agent in a small (appropriately) red car with a picture of his face on, we spotted him the man himself in-between doorsteps. Appropriately then, the first...
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...
“If the SNP are serious about anti-austerity and a more progressive government, let them vote us down if they dare." Chris Williamson talks radical politics from within Labour, and the contest in Derby North

“If the SNP are serious about anti-austerity and a more progressive government, let them vote us down if they dare.” Chris Williamson talks radical politics from within Labour, and the contest in Derby North

It’s by now a familiar theme of 2015 that smaller parties are chipping away at the vote of Conservatives and Labour alike. This trend is aided by perceptions that the mainstream parties are all the same or insufficiently radical — on either wing. In this context, it’s easy to forget that even within the Labour...
Broxtowe: getting to grips with a key Conservative-Labour marginal

Broxtowe: getting to grips with a key Conservative-Labour marginal

Broxtowe encompasses a long, rambling strip extending to the west and north of Nottingham. Although within the Nottingham Urban Area — the designation used by the ONS to reference the continuous urban sprawl between Nottingham and what were once distinct towns — it is not under the authority of Nottingham City Council. So, the constituency...
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...
“Most of my day job isn’t in chandelier filled rooms.” Sitting in a traffic jam with Alison McGovern

“Most of my day job isn’t in chandelier filled rooms.” Sitting in a traffic jam with Alison McGovern

Wirral South’s geography has its ups and downs, and so does its politics. “Each of our canvassing routes has a hill to climb,” one of Alison McGovern’s activists said, referring to the steep incline we were walking up as the team working to re-elect McGovern- Labour MP for the constituency since 2010- were knocking doors...
A Law Unto Themselves? — The SNP in Dundee West

A Law Unto Themselves? — The SNP in Dundee West

Scottish nationalism is a movement of many strands, and SNP candidate for Dundee West, Chris Law, brings together several of the more disparate elements. Till now, the seat — which spans both portions of the city area, and rural Angus — has been a Labour stronghold. But 2015 is likely to return a different result,...
Who will rock the boat in Argyll and Bute?

Who will rock the boat in Argyll and Bute?

Argyll and Bute covers nearly 7000 square kilometres of land and sea. It includes twenty six islands, Britain’s fleet of nuclear-armed submarines, Macbeth’s (or Mac Bethad mac Findlaích‘s) burial ground, and a religious community. Its economy is based on tourism, farming, fishing and energy. It’s also a four-way marginal, which has been held by the Liberal Democrats since...
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...
“We run this city” — what else will they run after May? We talk to Stewart Hosie, Depute Leader of the SNP, about Dundee and his party's Westminster aspirations

“We run this city” — what else will they run after May? We talk to Stewart Hosie, Depute Leader of the SNP, about Dundee and his party’s Westminster aspirations

Stewart Hosie, Depute Leader of the SNP and MP for Dundee East in the 2010 parliament, is not a man likely to lose his seat in May. Though Dundee East was the closest SNP/Lab marginal in 2010, he is already sitting on an increased majority — and with a swing from red to yellow across...