8 Reasons Why I Voted Labour for Portsmouth South

Local writer and commentator Matt Wingett captured many S&C readers’ attention when he changed his mind about tactically voting for the Liberal Democrats in Portsmouth South and voted Labour. Here he outlines just some of the lies and distortions in the media during the election campaign that helped change his mind. During the election campaign, Read more

It Ain’t Half Hotwalls: Could Portsmouth Politics Be Less Divisive?

Portsmouth Green Party member, Mike Wines, gives a personal account of Tory Minister Phillip Hammond’s recent visit to the Hotwalls Studios and the somewhat surreal fracas between Labour and Conservative activists, members and campaigners that followed. I was quietly sitting at home before the election, pondering what to do that afternoon when it popped up Read more

Election ’17: Covering a Snap Election – the View from the Frontline

Editor in Chief, Sarah Cheverton, revisits the last 6 weeks of election fever in a behind-the-scenes look at how S&C worked with local residents and writers to bring alternative perspectives to local mainstream news. When Theresa May called a snap election on 18th April, my heart sank, for many reasons. Chief among them was the Read more

Election ’17: Close-Up on Flick Drummond’s Voting Record

Ahead of the general election, S&C Ed in Chief, Sarah Cheverton, takes a critical look at MP for Portsmouth South, Flick Drummond’s voting record across a range of issues since her election in 2015, with the help of the full voting records kept by TheyWorkForYou.com. Social issues Voted against allowing a terminally ill person to Read more

Election ’17: ‘We Should Show a Brexit Settlement to the People’ with Darren Sanders

Darren Sanders, Liberal Democrat candidate for Portsmouth North, talks to Mark Wright about the need for affordable housing in Portsmouth, the importance of consulting the British public on any Brexit deal and the function of alternative, hyperlocal news organisations in a modern democracy. Mark Wright: With the General Election coming up, what for you are the important issues at both Read more

Election ’17: Why I’ve Changed My Mind About Tactical Voting

Almost a month ago, S&C regular and local author Matt Wingett wrote on this website that he’d be voting tactically for the Liberal Democrats. He has since changed his mind and will now vote Labour. Here he explains why. At the beginning of this election campaign, Labour was 20 points behind the Conservatives, we were Read more

Election ’17: No Tactical Voting, Labour Can Win Portsmouth

Claire Udy is an occasional satirist for S&C. She thought joining Labour in 2015 after Corbyn was elected would be a hobby for her to learn about politics. Instead it changed her life. In that short amount of time she has already witnessed a local election, an EU referendum, and a Labour Party leadership challenge. Read more

Election ’17: It’s Not Easy Being a “C” Word

In response to S&C’s call for Conservative perspectives on the election, Ian Morris explains why he will be voting for the incumbent party despite the strong feelings he has encountered online and off.  Sadly yes it’s true, I am a Conservative. You might think that, at a time when we have a majority Conservative government Read more

Election ’17: Smears, Cuts and Real Alternatives with Jon Woods Part I

Katie Roberts talks to Jon Woods of Portsmouth Against the Cuts Together and the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) about Jeremy Corbyn’s election chances, the shifting loyalties in Portsmouth politics and a Conservative councillor’s audacious attempt last year to smear Jon and other local activists. Katie Roberts: Could you start by telling us a little bit Read more

Election ’17: Penny Mordaunt’s Turkish Tall Story

Poet and photographer Richard Williams is not a member of any political party and has no axe to grind. However, he would like our politicians to act with integrity and to know what they are talking about. Penny Mordaunt, incumbent MP for Portsmouth North, slipped below such standards during the EU referendum’s Leave campaign. It Read more