Lincoln mirrors national election result once again

  • 11 May 2015
  • From the section England
Lincoln
Image caption Lincoln is seen as close election battleground

Voters in Lincoln have once again chosen an MP from the party that won the most seats in a general election.

Conservative Karl McCartney secured a second term as the city's MP after defeating his Labour rival Lucy Rigby by 1,443 votes.

The so-called 'bellwether' constituency has mirrored the national swing in British general elections since 1974.

While most seats in Lincolnshire have remained solidly Tory over the decades, Lincoln has regularly changed hands between Labour and the Conservatives.

Margaret Beckett became Labour MP for Lincoln in the October election of 1974.

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Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire's election battleground

  • 25 March 2015
  • From the section England
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Image caption There are marginal seats on both sides of the Humber

The 2015 general election will see some fascinating election contests from the Humber to The Wash.

I have listed a few of the battlegrounds which could make headlines in the run-up to polling day on 7 May.

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Don't ban second jobs urges Tory MP Sir Peter Tapsell

  • 26 February 2015
  • From the section England

Banning MPs from having second jobs would result in the House of Commons being dominated by "obsessive crackpots".

That tongue-in-cheek comment was made by the veteran Conservative MP Sir Peter Tapsell, who represents Louth and Horncastle.

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Veteran Austin Mitchell says UKIP can't win in Grimsby

  • 27 January 2015
  • From the section England
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Image caption Austin Mitchell will step down at the 2015 general election

Veteran Labour MP Austin Mitchell has dismissed UKIP's chances of winning Great Grimsby at the general election.

Mr Mitchell has represented the constituency in North East Lincolnshire since 1977.

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Mass migration threat to civilised Britain says David Davis

  • 17 December 2014
  • From the section England
David Davis MP
Image caption David Davis wants tougher migration controls

Former Europe minister David Davis has called for a cap on the number of EU migrants coming to the UK.

The senior Conservative MP said mass immigration had put unprecedented strain on education, health and jobs.

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Odds slashed on UKIP getting first MP in Lincolnshire

  • 21 November 2014
  • From the section England
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Image caption Nigel Farage with newly-elected UKIP MP Mark Reckless

Bookmakers have slashed the odds on UKIP winning a number of seats in the 2015 general election.

Following the party's victory in the Rochester and Strood by-election, the bookies reckon UKIP has a good chance of making gains from both the Conservatives and Labour.

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Unions have too much power warns Labour donor Assem Allam

  • 17 October 2014
  • From the section England
Hull City chairman Assem Allam
Image caption Hull City chairman Assem Allam is a Labour Party donor

The chairman of Hull City Football Club has warned that trade unions have too much influence over Labour Party policy.

Assem Allam has donated a total of £210,000 to Labour since 2010.

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Ed Miliband says immigration still on agenda

  • 26 September 2014
  • From the section England
Image caption Ed Miliband speaking at the Labour Party conference

Ed Miliband says dealing with voter concern about immigration is a priority for Labour, despite not mentioning the issue in his keynote conference speech.

The Labour leader faced widespread criticism after he "forgot" to mention the deficit and immigration in his speech to the party faithful in Manchester, which was delivered without the help of an autocue.

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Elected mayors would prevent 'brain drain' from north

  • 15 August 2014
  • From the section England
London Mayor Boris Johnson
Image caption Would a Boris Johnson-style mayor be welcome in some cities?

Elected mayors could create thousands of new high-tech jobs in the north of England, according to one think tank.

It is claimed having a Boris Johnson-style figure in northern town halls could reverse the traditional 'brain drain' - where talented graduates have been forced to move south to find work.

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Migrants less likely to get new jobs says Esther McVey

  • 1 July 2014
  • From the section England
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Image caption Employment minister Esther McVey said British workers were now more likely to get agricultural jobs

A government minister has denied claims that migrant workers are more likely to get new jobs than British workers.

Employment minister Esther McVey responded to reports that some farmers cannot find enough British-born staff for seasonal work.

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