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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Trade union "big guns" rally in support of Labour – and against Nigel Farage

Trade union “big guns” rally in support of Labour – and against Nigel Farage

There is plenty of national out-cry against the rise in support for UKIP. Suzanne Moore in the Guardian recently described Nigel Farage’s policies as “vicious and unworkable”, and at the other end of Fleet Street’s political spectrum, the Telegraph’s James Kirkup referred to “UKIP’s stupid, horrible and misguided views.” But, however much certain members of society...
 ‘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...
Does Thurrock need a bit of love? (The MP thinks so)

Does Thurrock need a bit of love? (The MP thinks so)

Look at Thurrock on a map and it seems as though the place ought to be yet one more suburb of outer Greater London – perhaps like Ilford or Barking, which the post office reckons are in Essex, but which few people would be able to distinguish from the capital city. Indeed, Thurrock council has...
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...