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Paralympic stars return to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Paralympic stars return to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Paralympic champions including wheelchair athlete David Weir and swimmer Ellie Simmonds will be back at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Sunday to celebrate National Paralympic Day. They will be joined by other Paralympic champions and taking part in a day of competitions including an international Paralympic swimming event and…

#ELLGE2015 live: Labour misses Croydon marginals

#ELLGE2015 live: Labour misses Croydon marginals

As Labour lose their key marginals their vote rises in the strongholds at the expense of the Liberal Democrats. See the individual borough posts for more detailed results. GE2015 mapped RESULT: Gavin Barwell holds Croydon South for the Conservatives RESULT: Chris Philp holds Croydon South for the Conservatives RESULT: Vicky…

#ELLGE2015 Lewisham West: leafy Labour safe seat

#ELLGE2015 Lewisham West: leafy Labour safe seat

The smallest of the three Lewisham constituencies is a vibrant mix of different communities building suburban lives in inner London. It has been a safe Labour seat since Jim Dowd won it from the Conservatives in 1992. Population 105,993 Area 818 hectares Profile Created in 2010, the constituency was formerly known as…

#ELLGE2015: It’s decision day: United Kingdom goes to the polls in most uncertain election for generations

#ELLGE2015: It’s decision day: United Kingdom goes to the polls in most uncertain election for generations

The United Kingdom goes to the polls today in one of the most unpredictable general elections in modern times. Party leaders made their final pitch to undecided voters in some of the country’s most contested areas yesterday. Nevertheless, opinion polls have remained largely unchanged for weeks. While either Labour’s Ed…

#ELLGE2015 Poplar Limehouse: eastern promise

#ELLGE2015 Poplar Limehouse: eastern promise

Young, diverse and tending to extremes, Poplar and Limehouse is a curious constituency that is as much about deep-seated deprivation as it is about new wealth. Labour has traditionally been the favoured party here, but the recent fiasco over the Tower Hamlets mayor’s fraud conviction has shaken the community and could possibly…

#ELLGE2015 Students: with only 24 hours to go, make your vote go further with our guide to marginal seats

#ELLGE2015 Students: with only 24 hours to go, make your vote go further with our guide to marginal seats

Five years of Cameron enough for you? Not a “Milifan”? Clegg’s U-turns making you dizzy? Alarmed by Farage’s rhetoric? Whatever your political persuasion, take a few moments to get informed about the UK’s battleground constituencies before you head to the polls tomorrow. 18-24 year-olds make up more than enough of the electorate to decide…

#ELLGE2015 Croydon Central: a must-win marginal

#ELLGE2015 Croydon Central: a must-win marginal

As one of the most marginal constituencies in the country, Croydon Central is one of 12 that are expected to decide the general election. In the past four elections, the area has passed from Conservative to Labour and back again. It lies between Conservative-held Croydon North and Labour-held Croydon South.…

#ELLGE2015 Lewisham Deptford: GE issues hit home

#ELLGE2015 Lewisham Deptford: GE issues hit home

The only Lewisham constituency to border the Thames, Lewisham, Deptford is a melting pot of youthful creativity and budding gentrification but also considerable deprivation. Long-serving Labour MP Joan Ruddock vacates the seat for the first time since 1987, and replacement candidate Vicky Foxcroft has wasted no time in parlaying her…

#ELLGE2015 Croydon South: Tory safe seat up for grabs

#ELLGE2015 Croydon South: Tory safe seat up for grabs

The Conservatives have held the Croydon South seat since its creation in 1974, and retiring MP Sir Richard Ottaway has won five consecutive general elections. It remains to be seen whether the new Conservative candidate, businessman Chris Philp, will retain the same level of support. Emily Benn seeks to regain…

#ELLGE2015 Hackney South: housing, jobs key issues

#ELLGE2015 Hackney South: housing, jobs key issues

We return to Hackney for this profile of the Hackney South and Shoreditch constituency. An ethnically, culturally and economically diverse area, the constituency has been persistent in returning Labour MPs since the late 1970s, and incumbent MP Meg Hillier is seeking a third term on the back of her 33…

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