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"I'm suspicious about what the Guardian's agenda is" – Lib Dem Stephen Williams on the "distorting" effect of the media in Bristol West

“I’m suspicious about what the Guardian’s agenda is” – Lib Dem Stephen Williams on the “distorting” effect of the media in Bristol West

“On nobody’s basis is Bristol West a marginal seat,” Liberal Democrat Stephen Williams, who has spent last ten years representing the constituency in Parliament, tells us over lunch on our roadtrip. “We won by eleven and a half thousand votes last time.” However, Williams, who is standing again for election, will concede that the seat...
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...
“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...
Were the Stroud crowd wowed by the seven party TV debate? (Of course they were)

Were the Stroud crowd wowed by the seven party TV debate? (Of course they were)

Last Thursday Adam and I gathered together a small group of voters, of various political persuasions and generations, to watch the seven-way leaders’ debate in Stroud, a Labour-Conservative marginal in Gloucestershire. The debate hardly changed anyone’s views radically, but people found the format engaging and it sparked broader discussions about politics, both before and after...
No killer blows, but the knives come out in Midsomer Norton

No killer blows, but the knives come out in Midsomer Norton

Arriving in Midsomer Norton, a town just south of Bristol and Bath and near the Mendip Hills, I was secretly hoping to bump into Inspector Barnaby because I knew the gloves were certainly going to be off in a hustings for the Somerset North East candidates in Norton Hill School. In an interview with 50for15...
 ‘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...
A Radical in the Centre Ground? Maajid Nawaz tells us about his campaign in Hampstead and Kilburn -- and why he's running for the Liberal Democrats

A Radical in the Centre Ground? Maajid Nawaz tells us about his campaign in Hampstead and Kilburn — and why he’s running for the Liberal Democrats

The idea that there’s such a thing as a ‘typical’ candidate for Parliament is questionable; even so, Maajid Nawaz’s story sets him outside the ordinary range. If he won the seat in May — though existing polls are strongly against him — he tells me he’d be the first political prisoner from the Bush-era War...
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...
"Surrounded by a sea of blue" - will the Lib Dems sink or swim? Our interview with Vikki Slade, Lib Dem PPC for Mid Dorset and North Poole

“Surrounded by a sea of blue” – will the Lib Dems sink or swim? Our interview with Vikki Slade, Lib Dem PPC for Mid Dorset and North Poole

Picture a Liberal Democrat constituency office in a Lib/Con marginal. The words ‘under siege’ spring to mind immediately. But the Lib Dems in Mid Dorset and North Poole were as far from running scared as it’s possible to be in the above scenario. On the day I visited, the mood was never less than upbeat....
The rise and fall (and rise again?) of the University of East Anglia Lib Dems

The rise and fall (and rise again?) of the University of East Anglia Lib Dems

Students have, and always will be, the lifeblood of Liberal Democrats and liberalism generally. Here at the University of East Anglia (UEA) Liberal Democrats in Norwich, we are no strangers to our history. It is a history running through north Norfolk parliamentarians in the English Revolution, radical student societies across the continent in 1848, and...