The electorate of Stoke-on-Trent go to the polls today and select the politicians they think will best represent their views and needs.
The nation faces a massive decision today. Whether to stick with a Labour Government in a kind of ‘better the devil you know’ type of thing. Or whether to return a brand new party with a whole different range of policies.
The latest news indicates that we the nations citizens will return a hung parliament.
It has also been suggested that postal votes are double that of previous elections and the same can be said for proxy votes.
The latest and final poll before the polls close at 10pm, an Ipsos Mori survey suggest the Conservatives will capture 36% of the votes, Labour 29% and the Liberal Democrats 27%.
That would equate to the Tories securing the most seats, around 279, but they would not have an overall majority. Labour would take 261 seats and the Liberal Democrats 79.
Locally here in Stoke the campaign is going right to the wire.
We have spoken to all the major parliamentary candidates across the City and no one in any of the three constituencies are taking anything for granted.
A source close to Tristram Hunt, the Labour PPC for Stoke Central said that the reaction on the doorsteps is very positive and they are hoping that it transfers into vote. The message was pretty much the same from Rob Flello’s campaign HQ in Stoke South and from Joan Walley in Stoke North.
A source from the City of Stoke-on-Trent Conservative Party thought that their campaign was well on track both for the local and the General Elections. There is a growing optimism for the chances of Stoke South PPC James Rushton from within the organisation.
We have been informed that the BNP vote may well suffer at both the local and national polls. Simon Darby, Deputy Leader of the BNP and their PPC for Stoke-on-Trent Central has voiced concerned that the lack of an effective Liberal Democrat campaign may well result in a wave of support going over to Labour. He has suggested to Pits n Pots that the Lib Dems did not put an election address out through the Post Office in a deliberate attempt to scupper the BNP campaign.
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