Here are the latest despatches from
the first three of our panel of candidates, giving their takes on how the fourth week of
the campaign has gone. More to follow later in the day...
On Wednesday evening we had the best canvass of the campaign. 25 people on the doorstep in three teams in three very different areas. We knocked on over 1,000 doors and spoke to around 600 people – and it felt good. We followed it we with a new Exeter tradition, campaign curry at the ironically named Red Rose!
Wednesday also saw Eric Pickles paying us a visit in the battlebus (well, battle-van to be precise). We got a spot in Bedford Square, right in the city centre. Lots of people wanting to talk to us – all good.
We spent yesterday with our last big canvass before rolling over for polling day and only got soaked once! As we go into the final straight we are more optimistic than four weeks ago and ready for the finish line.
Stuart Andrew - Pudsey
We started off our week with a visit by London Mayor, Boris Johnson, in the centre of Leeds and he certainly drew in the crowds. So many people wanted a picture with him and the expressions of good wishes was most encouraging.
It is clear that as we get closer to the election, the many people who were undecided at the start of the campaign, have started to make up their minds. I am particularly struck by the amount of times I hear "it definitely won't be Labour". Let us hope that is true!
Despite this, the Labour Party continues to fight a very negative campaign based on frightening some of the most vulnerable people in our constituency into voting for them. They continue to say we will scrap the bus passes for pensioners, prevent cancer patients from seeing specialists within two weeks, tell young families we will scrap Sure Start centres and now the unions are telling PCSOs they are under thereat if we win. Desperate tactics by a desperate party.
We continue to fight a positive campiagn on the issues that matter and only yesterday I lost count of the number of lifelong Labour voters who went out of their way to tell me: "No more, we want change and you've got our vote". I am keeping everything crossed.
Lee Martin - Sunderland Central
In my campaign diary for last week I said that the scale of the postal vote – 40 per cent of Sunderland voters have postal votes – meant that Saturday 24th was effectively our election day. So you’d forgive my campaign team for thinking they’d be able to ease up a little. Not a bit of it. The postal votes might have arrived but there are thousands of people yet to make up their minds.