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"Occasionally people say, 'Why are you banging on about potholes? That's nothing to do with Westminster'." – Craig Williams, Conservative candidate for Cardiff North

“Occasionally people say, ‘Why are you banging on about potholes? That’s nothing to do with Westminster’.” – Craig Williams, Conservative candidate for Cardiff North

Craig Williams is the Conservative candidate for Cardiff North, a seat that was held by his party from its creation in 1974 to 1997 and again from 2010 to 2015. Jonathan Evans, the MP from 2010 to 2015, announced he would not stand again in January 2013, and Williams was selected as his replacement two...
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...
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...
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...
 ‘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...
"I say to people: you want a slick PR man? You have Cameron. You want integrity and values? Then that's Ed" - our interview with Tulip Siddiq, Labour PPC for Hampstead and Kilburn

“I say to people: you want a slick PR man? You have Cameron. You want integrity and values? Then that’s Ed” – our interview with Tulip Siddiq, Labour PPC for Hampstead and Kilburn

You’ll be hard pressed to find any writing about the constituency of Hampstead and Kilburn that doesn’t caricature it as a tale of two cities — Hampstead, home to an uneasy entente between champagne socialists and investment bankers; Kilburn, a less than glamorous appendage of Brent with historic Irish and Caribbean populations. I met with...
“Austerity hurts people of Wales more than the rest of the UK ” – Elin Walker Jones, Plaid Cymru candidate for Cardiff North, on budget cuts, devolution, and the TV debates

“Austerity hurts people of Wales more than the rest of the UK ” – Elin Walker Jones, Plaid Cymru candidate for Cardiff North, on budget cuts, devolution, and the TV debates

“Wales needs a strong voice” is not a surprising comment from a Welsh politician of any political party, but Plaid Cymru’s proposals are more radical than others. Indeed, the party’s website includes the view that Wales could ‘flourish as an independent nation’. I spoke to the party’s candidate in Cardiff North, Elin Walker Jones, about...
50for15 official launch

50for15 official launch

With exactly 100 days to go before the election on May 7th 2015, 50for15 held its official launch in Portcullis House. Below is a transcript of the opening speech Adam, Alex and Claire gave to guests explaining more about the purpose of the blog, what we’ve learnt so far, and what the plans are for...
Getting his teeth into GE2015: can dentist Pramod Subbaraman win Edinburgh South for the Lib Dems?

Getting his teeth into GE2015: can dentist Pramod Subbaraman win Edinburgh South for the Lib Dems?

The Liberal Democrats fell short of Labour by 316 votes in Edinburgh South in the 2010 general election. Despite declining support in national opinion polls, the Lib Dem candidate Pramod Subbaraman (perhaps unsurprisingly) asserts that his party has a chance in the seat come May 2015. We talk about the issues facing voters in the...
“We never stop”: Andrew Dismore on the campaign that he hopes will return him to Parliament.

“We never stop”: Andrew Dismore on the campaign that he hopes will return him to Parliament.

“The important thing to get about this constituency is that it’s very, very, very diverse. It’s diverse economically, it’s diverse ethnically; it’s a real hotchpotch of everything.” Andrew Dismore, the Labour candidate for Hendon, describes the constituency he represented from 1997-2010 and is running for again in 2015.  We spoke about the main issues in...
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...
Which issues do voters in Hull North want politicians to address in 2015?

Which issues do voters in Hull North want politicians to address in 2015?

The beginning of a new year provides a moment to reflect on the events of the last twelve months and also an opportunity to look forward and make resolutions about the time ahead. In Hull North, we focused on the latter by asking voters which issues they wanted politicians to put high on their agenda...