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ANOTHER batch of readers’ reports about your constituencies as the election campaign goes on. See below for how to submit your own report on the choice of candidates you have, which of them you plan to vote for and why, what you think of their chances and your stance on Brexit.


Current MP:  Philip Dunne (Conservative)      

A constituent writes: Ludlow is a large rural constituency of small towns and villages. There are no major industries full of deluded Labour drones or tiresome students in universities. It has returned Conservative MPs for the past 100 years with the exception of 2001-5 when the Liberal Democrats temporarily bagged the seat from a complacent Tory.  Multi-millionaire Dunne was first elected in 2005 and has increased his majority in every subsequent election. It now stands at 19,000. He is a nailed-on Remainer and comes from a long line of landowners, knights of the shires and politicians. Unsurprisingly, he went to Eton, then PPE at Oxford and membership of the Bullingdon Club. He is an almost invisible time-server who always votes with the government.  Theresa May appointed him as a Minister of State for Health but had to sack him 18 months later for incompetence.

After 35 years of voting Conservative I knew as soon as I saw Cameron hugging that husky I would never vote for him.  Ditto May and Johnson’s pseudo-Conservatism. 

I was looking forward to voting BXP in this election, but following Farage’s decision to withdraw all candidates from Conservative-held seats my voting intention has been scuppered. I would never vote Lib Dem, Labour or Green.

In the 2017 election there was no UKIP candidate and I spoiled my ballot paper with ‘None Of These’ written across it. Reflecting on this action I realised that I had wasted my time going to the polling station. No one cares about spoiled ballots as they are not part of the official count, though the number may be announced by the Returning Officer. I will be staying at home on December 12. I fully expect Dunne to be returned alongside many just like him and nothing will have changed.


Current MP:  John Redwood (Conservative) majority 18,798

Liz Warrington writes: John Redwood has been MP for this solid Tory seat since 1987.  He is a well known Eurosceptic and one of John Major’s b******s. The constituency voted 57 per cent Remain but there has never been any doubt of Sir John’s position.

The Lib Dem candidate is Dr Phillip Lee, formerly Conservative MP for neighbouring Bracknell Forest and a strong Remainer. Bracknell voted 54 per cent Leave.

Labour came second here in 2017, LD third.  The LibDems gained seats from the Tories in the last borough council elections but Wokingham borough and constituency are not identical geographically.

It is reported that John Redwood is under threat; I can’t see it but who knows? Labour voters and Remainers may vote for Dr Lee. I won’t. Safe to say Labour unlikely to impact. There is a Green candidate (lost deposit 2017) and an Advance Together candidate.

 The Lib Dems are working hard here, we have had two lots of election stuff by post and at least two, possibly three, hand delivered. There are teams of canvassers out and about.  We have had no contact from any other party. 

In the first communication the LibDems said they wanted to give the people a chance to decide on Brexit but the latest one says they will stop Brexit. Dr Lee describes himself as an honourable man and a man of principle as he ‘put country before party’. It seems his principles didn’t extend to resigning and fighting a by-election when he defected to the LDs earlier this year.

Locals are fed up with massive new housing developments, the associated traffic problems and the inadequacies of GP services but what part these will play I can’t say.

Send your reports (no more than 250 words) to, with ‘Election Watch’ in the subject line. We are publishing only comments sent in this way, not those left below the line.

Tell us whether you want to use your own name or your TCW commenter name and don’t forget to give your constituency and your MP in the last Parliament. We hope readers will write from all 650 constituencies.

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Edited by Kathy Gyngell

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