The Recorder election diary: tales from the campaign trail

Candidates attend a hustings at NewVIc

Candidates attend a hustings at NewVIc - Credit: Archant

As voters head to the polls today, we look back at the past six weeks of campaigning.

It was only after parliament was ‘prorogued’ – formally ended – on March 26 that the race really got going.

Stephen Timms held a fundraising event in Manor Park that same day, where he admitted he was looking forward to a “lively” campaign.

Labour wasted no time, holding an official campaign launch at the top of the ArcelorMittal Orbit on March 27.

Party leader Ed Miliband called it an “amazing place” to launch the campaign “in the tightest general election for a generation”.

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Lyn Brown launched her bid for re-election on April 9 at the Labour rally in nearby Mile End, while improving transport for disabled people was on the agenda at a hustings on April 15 at St Mark’s Church

A meeting in Beckton on April 16 saw the borough’s two Conservative candidates tell constituents why they should be elected.

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The Recorder hosted its very own social media hustings on April 20, with nine candidates representing six political parties meeting at Recorder HQ.

Young people had the chance to hear from candidates on April 22, as NewVIc held a hustings event for its students.

A blunder on leaflets promoting East Ham’s Conservative candidate Samir Jassal emerged on April 23, with the electorate encouraged to vote for ‘Name Surname’.

Today, May 7, sees voters across the borough go to the polls to decide which parties are going to represent East Ham and West Ham in Westminster for the next five years.

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