Election 2015

Standing firm for the suburban minorities

By Marcus Dysch, February 26, 2015

Few constituencies are as politically, culturally and religiously diverse as Harrow East.

Its suburbs of north-west London, including affluent Stanmore and grittier Kenton and Queensbury, have swung between Labour and the Conservatives in general elections over the past 70 years.

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Expecting to benefit from desire for change

By Marcus Dysch, February 26, 2015

Uma Kumaran, Labour's Harrow East candidate, has what many political analysts see as the x-factor for attracting voters - "real world" experience away from Westminster

Selected two years ago at the age of 26, she believes having worked and volunteered in the NHS has provided an understanding of the issues close to the heart of voters in the constituency.

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Interview: Tim Farron

By Charlotte Henry, February 26, 2015

Tim Farron, the likeable Lake District MP heavily tipped to be the next Liberal Democrat leader, is his party's new spokesman on foreign affairs and he clearly relishes the challenge.

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Come back to Labour, says ex NUS president

By Marcus Dysch, February 19, 2015

Running for Parliament can be an overwhelming experience for some candidates. But at the age of 32, Wes Streeting could already be considered a veteran of political activism.

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MP will call on experience to succeed

By Marcus Dysch, February 19, 2015

The window of Lee Scott's office in Portcullis House - the £235 million glass-roofed building across the road from Parliament in which hundreds of MPs are based - provides one of the poorest views of any in the building.

While his colleagues enjoy sweeping vistas of Parliament Square, Big Ben or the River Thames, his desk looks out over an alleyway and some dustbins.

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Lib Dem candidate will offer pro-Israel voice in election battle

By Marcus Dysch, February 12, 2015

A series of controversial episodes involving Israel and the Jewish community should not hamper the Liberal Democrats’ election hopes in Finchley and Golders Green, the party’s candidate believes.

Jonathan Davies, vice-chairman of the party’s Friends of Israel group, was selected last week to contest his local parliamentary seat.

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I’ve delivered on promises, says MP Mike Freer

By Marcus Dysch, February 12, 2015

Mike Freer has enjoyed a solid first term in Parliament — working for the varied communities in his constituency, supporting the government, and showing flashes of oratorical brilliance with his award-winning speech on gay marriage two years ago.

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Labour hopeful Sarah Sackman faces Miliband effect in Finchley seat

By Marcus Dysch, February 12, 2015

Keeping a class of boisterous teenagers quiet for an hour is never an easy task. Less still if they are being asked to listen to a guest speaker who wants to discuss national health policy and the legislative process.

Fortunately for Sarah Sackman, the sixth-formers in question, at Finchley’s Christ College, were politics students, and quite happy to be meeting a general election candidate.

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Crucial report will help fight abuse of politicians

By Martin Bright, October 30, 2013

We like to reassure ourselves with the idea that UK election campaigns are a model of propriety: a mixture of healthy, robust knockabout and charming amateurishness.

Despite recurring stories in recent years about postal-vote fraud, it is probably still safe to say that our elections remain among the least corrupt in the world.

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Lawyer wins Labour candidacy for Finchley and Golders Green

By Marcus Dysch, September 2, 2013

Lawyer Sarah Sackman will be the Labour candidate in the Finchley and Golders Green constituency at the 2015 general election.

Ms Sackman was selected at a party meeting at Finchley Progressive Synagogue on Sunday.

Among the candidates she beat was Alon Or-Bach, who could have become the first Israeli to be a British MP.

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