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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...
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...
TUSC – the largest political party that you’ve never heard of

TUSC – the largest political party that you’ve never heard of

Is it ‘T’ ‘U’ ‘S’ ‘C’ or ‘Tusc’, I ask the small group of TUSC campaigners by a street-market in Swansea. “It’s ‘Tusc’,” says an activist. “But we don’t really mind, as long as people are talking about us.” Perhaps more people should be talking about TUSC, or the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition to...
Arfon: Where Plaid Cymru are trying to keep Welsh nationalism alive and Labour out

Arfon: Where Plaid Cymru are trying to keep Welsh nationalism alive and Labour out

To take the train from Chester along the north Wales coast is to enter into a world that feels about as remote from Westminster as is possible. Hulking cargo ships chug, apparently motionlessly, down the River Dee with the Wirral in the background; the station names begin a gradual shift from similarity between their Welsh...
“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...
The right Lane for Swansea? Our interview with Emma Lane, the Conservative candidate for Swansea West

The right Lane for Swansea? Our interview with Emma Lane, the Conservative candidate for Swansea West

“Things will begin to feel better for the ordinary person on the street — the ordinary person like me, frankly”. It is this optimistic attitude and confidence in her party’s governing record that has Emma Lane, Conservative PPC for Swansea West, setting her sights high for the 2015 general election. “I think for Swansea, it’s...