General Election 2015: 'Exciting' South East campaign

  • 30 March 2015
  • From the section England
House of Commons
The campaign for the 2015 general election is under way

The phoney war is over - parliament has now been dissolved, and the battle for votes at the general election on 7 May is officially under way.

Here in the South East we're set for one of the most exciting and unpredictable election campaigns in a generation.

There are 29 seats across the South East. The map is predominantly blue with 25 of the seats held by the Conservatives.

The only exceptions are the two yellow Liberal Democrat seats of Lewes, which is held by Norman Baker, and Eastbourne, represented by Stephen Lloyd.

Rochester and Strood has one of only two UKIP MPs in the country. Mark Reckless will have to fight hard to retain the seat for his party.

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Budget speech: South East 'conspicuous by absence'

  • 18 March 2015
  • From the section England
George Osborne with the 2015 Budget
Chancellor George Osborne's 2015 was 'peppered' with place names

Chancellor George Osborne has delivered his final Budget before the general election - his message was that Britain is growing again - in fact faster than any other major advanced economy in the world.

But if you thought that meant he was about to announce some pre-election giveaways in order to woo undecided voters you're likely to be disappointed.

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General Election 2015: South East MPs' seats under threat

  • 27 January 2015
  • From the section England
Laura Sandys
Laura Sandy's seat of South Thanet will be fought by Nigel Farage and Al Murray, aka The Pub Landlord

It's now 100 days until the general election and our opportunity to choose who forms the next government.

It promises to be the most unpredictable election for decades, with no party looking like it will win outright.

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Why is UKIP so popular in South East England?

  • 9 January 2015
  • From the section England
Nigel Farage walks past a supporter in Rochester, Kent
Nigel Farage walks past a UKIP supporter in Rochester following the party's by-election victory

It's now less than four months until the general election and campaigning is already under way.

The polls are so close it looks unlikely that either the Conservatives or Labour will win an outright majority and the South East MEP and UKIP leader Nigel Farage says his party could hold the balance of power in May.

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Autumn Statement: What in means for the South East

  • 3 December 2014
  • From the section England
Estate agent
Stamp duty will be changed under the Chancellor's plans

George Osborne spoke for just under 50 minutes and for much of it he bombarded us with figures.

He could not avoid admitting that he would miss his own annual borrowing target by £5bn but said the public finances would be less badly hit than expected by disappointing income tax receipts.

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Figures show migration to South East has doubled

  • 27 November 2014
  • From the section Kent
A Border Force officer checking passports at Terminal 2, Heathrow Airport in June
Official figures show the number of migrants coming to live in the South East has almost doubled

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that the number of migrants coming to the South East doubled from 13,000 in 2012 to 26,000 in 2013.

The issue of immigration dominated the recent by-election campaign in Rochester and Strood with the parties arguing over the levels of immigration and how to tackle it.

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Rochester and Strood: Mark Reckless win never in real doubt

  • 21 November 2014
  • From the section Kent
Mark Reckless with his wife Catriona Brown arriving at the Rochester by-election count
Mark Reckless and his wife Catriona Brown arrive at the Rochester by-election count

After what seemed like a long by-election campaign, there was another very long wait last night for the result.

It was after 04:00 GMT when Rochester and Strood's former MP Mark Reckless was confirmed as the constituency's next MP.

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Rochester and Strood by-election: Labour's 'enormous effort'

  • 12 November 2014
  • From the section Kent

I think it is unfair to say that Labour has been invisible during this by-election campaign.

There has been a visit from the leader Ed Miliband, as well as a plethora of big hitters from the shadow cabinet on the campaign trail including Yvette Cooper, Ed Balls, Andy Burnham and Tristram Hunt.

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Rochester and Strood by-election: Four more smaller parties

  • 12 November 2014
  • From the section Kent
Rochester
The Rochester and Strood constituency includes Chatham, the Isle of Grain and the Hoo Peninsula

For weeks now the main candidates have been out in force - backed by their party machines and with the support of their leaders, but the smaller parties and independent candidates have also been hitting the campaign trail in the run-up to the Rochester and Strood by-election.

Britain First was formed in 2011 by former members of the BNP. They're opposed to plans for a new mosque and community centre in nearby Gillingham and against further immigration:

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Rochester and Strood by-election: The smaller parties

  • 7 November 2014
  • From the section Kent
Rochester
The Rochester and Strood constituency includes Chatham, the Isle of Grain and the Hoo Peninsula

There's been no shortage of visits from the main party leaders, including David Cameron and Ed Miliband, during the Rochester and Strood by-election campaign.

But as well as the big parties there are also several people representing smaller parties.

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