North Wales voters undecided as campaign hots up

Reporter:

Helen Davies

THE General Election campaign is gathering pace – but Leader readers are thus far undecided and unimpressed.

That is one finding of a survey conducted following the first full week of campaigning in the run-up to the national ballot on May 6.

Our survey found many voters in the region have yet to make their mind up about which party will get their vote.

But the series of televised debates between the main party leaders has given them food for thought.

Education and employment were raised as key policy areas readers wanted to hear more about.

Security supervisor Mark Edwards, 48, from Mold, summed up the feelings of many.

He said: “I think the election so far has been very basic. I’m going to vote, but I haven’t decided for whom.”

Lifeguard Keri Ann Ashton, 22, said: “I like what (Delyn candidate) Antoinette Sandbach says about communities and schools, but I’ll probably vote Plaid Cymru.
“I don’t think I’ll make my mind up definitely until the day. I’ll probably watch the next debates. I’d like to see them talking about stopping small schools closing down.”

Carol Owen, a shop assistant from Mold, said she had not watched last week’s TV debate, but would watch the next one, which will focus on foreign affairs, on Thursday.

She said she would like to see the parties talk about what their plans are for Christian teaching in schools.

Mold admin assistant Sophie Halfpenny, 21, said she would like to see the politicians talk more about taxes in the debates, while Pauline Rooney, 61, said she wants to hear how candidates can create jobs for young people.

She said: “I think more jobs for the young would help crime, idle hands and all that, and save the amount that has to be spent on the police force.”

But although most people said they plan to use their vote, not everyone is convinced.

Chef Kevin Longley, 43, from Mold, said: “I’ve never voted in my life. They’re all as bad as each other.”

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