- Labour Party and Business: A Difficult Relationship?
- Chameleon Conservative Cameron Shows True Colours
- An Election Reflection for a Majority Minority
- Mhairi Black: Giving Politics a Makeover
- Galloway Threatens Legal Action Over Election Result
- Voter Turnout: What The Numbers Tell Us About The 2015 General Election
- Looking At The Reaction to the Election Explains its Result
- The Polls Were Wrong Because People Lied, it’s That Simple!
- Russell Brand “Resigns” from Politics following General Election Result
- It’s Not The Cold War Anymore, We Don’t Need a Nuclear Deterrent
- The Future of Labour: Who Will Be The Next Leader?
- The Future of the Liberal Democrats: Who Will Be the Next Leader?
- The Future of UKIP: Who Will Be the Next Leader?
- A Tale of Three Ends
- The Tory Legacy
- If the Party Leaders were characters from Friends…who would you vote for?
- The Ten (Well, Six) Commitments: Is Stone Legally Binding?
- Tuition Fees: A Hollow Attempt to Pander to the Student Vote?
- 6,417 Ed Milligrams – What Do You Actually Vote For?
- Boris Johnson to become Gangster Rapper
- Political Engagement: The Calm After the Storm
- Parliamentary Candidate Interview: Green Party’s John Spottiswoode.
- Parliamentary Candidate Interviews: TUSC’s Sue Atkins
- Parliamentary Candidate Interview, Independent Candidate Chris Daviss
- “I don’t think the Liberal Democrats should be in government just for the sake of it” – An Interview With Nick Clegg
- Parliamentary Candidate Interview, TUSC’s Nick Chaffey
- Parliamentary Candidate Interview: Conservative’s Jeremy Moulton.
- Should Young People Be Made To Vote?
- The Nationalist Parties
- No Votes for Women?
- None of the Political Candidates Ticking Your Box? There is Another Option.
- The Other Parties
- Liberal Democrats Party Profile
- The Green Party
- Labour Party Profile
- In Defence of the Coalition
- Why Labour Should Win the Election But Won’t
- The Protest Vote: The Weapon of the Disenfranchised.
- Why Young People Must Use Their Vote
- An Interview With Natalie Bennett
- What Will a Multi-Party System Mean for Britain?
- Tuition Fees: Must Try Harder Ed
- Science and Policy
- This Election is Far Bigger Than Party Politics
- Parliamentary Candidate Interviews: Ian Callaghan, Green Party
- Parliamentary Candidate Interviews: Lib Dem’s Adrian Ford
- Paliamentary Candidate Interview – Labour’s Darren Paffey
- Parliamentary Candidates Interviews: Lib Dem’s Eleanor Bell
- TV Debates: The Crucifixion of David Cameron
- Parliamentary Candidate Interview – Labour’s Rowenna Davis
- Parliamentary Candidate Interview, the Green Party’s Angela Mawle
- Can We Trust Politicians Who Act Like Schoolchildren?
- Parliamentary Candidate Interview – UKIP’s Sandra James
- Manifesto Focus: Labour
- Why Nuclear Weapons Are Imperative For The UK’s Security
- Southampton’s Role in the General Election Should Not Be Overshadowed by a Sausage Roll
- Just When You Thought UKIP Couldn’t Do Anything Right…
- What the Hell Do You Want?
- Which Political Leader Are You?
- The EU: To Be or Not To Be
- Your 2015 General Election Candidates
- What a Silly Sausage: Southampton UKIP Candidate Accused of Bribery
- UKIP Party Profile
- Conservative Party Profile
- The Leaders Debate: The Insurgents, The Pretender & The Incumbent
- SUPA’s Short and Sweet Guide to Voting on 7th May
- TV Debate: Clash of the Titans
- Leaders Debate Brings Hope For Progressive Politics
- TV Debates: David Cameron and Ed Miliband Versus Britain
- 14,000 Voters Missing From Electoral Role in Southampton – Register to Vote Now!
- Men’s Rights Party Set To Contest in General Elections
- A Royal Coup? – Queen Guitarist Brian May Considering Standing for Election
- Debating Over Debates
- Galloway Demands Inclusion in TV Debates
- The General Election 2015 – A Disunited Kingdom?
- 99 Days To Go: The Most Unpredictable Election Yet!
- Poll Indicates Demand for Green Party to be Included in Election Debates
- Have You Registered To Vote?
- Is Sol Campbell running for Parliament?
- Salmond to Stand as MP
- Students May Hold the Key!
- The Green Party Should Not Be Included in the 2015 General Election Debates
- Parliamentary Candidate Interview: Alan Whitehead MP
- What’s at Stake for Students in the General Election?
- It’s Time For Politicians To Get Down With The Kids
- The Debates Debate
- Who Will Run The Country in 2015?
- New Year, New Government? New Politics?
- Newly Elected Itchen MP Accused of Helping UKIP Secure Labour Votes
In the run up to the 2015 General Election, Wessex Scene are interviewing the candidates running in all three Southampton Constituencies. Here, I interview the Independent candidate for Southampton Test, Chris Davis.
What will be your number one priority if elected?
Tackling hunger and poverty.
What do you think of the fact that there’s been a massive increase in food banks in recent years?
The figures from the Trussell Trust suggest that there are around 400,000 food banks in the United Kingdom, however in reality the figure could be almost double that amount, given that there are also many independent food banks. It’s a massive problem that’s been growing over the past couple of decades, and requires a strategy to fix it before it gets out of control.
What can you offer to students?
There are two things that I feel should be removed from political football: health and education. If I’m elected, I would be interested in working with other MPs on a cross-party basis to improve the lives of young people. I believe that education should be free from nursery to university, and that graduate-level apprenticeship schemes should be offered to young people.
What inspired you to run as a candidate in this election?
I am a committed Christian and my work on aiming to reduce food poverty was the main motivation behind my decision to run. The number of food banks has soared in recent years and this cannot be allowed to continue.
You’re standing as an independent candidate. Why did you decide to run as an independent? Why do you feel that voters are starting to turn away from the main political parties?
I decided to run as an independent because I don’t want to be influenced by any party whip. The main political parties are not addressing issues that ordinary people can relate to in their everyday lives. I want to offer an alternative, based on my own values and principles. Given the closeness of this election, I believe that minor parties and independents could be in a particularly strong position after May 7th.
Earlier we discussed some of the issues facing young people. Do you believe that sufficient careers guidance is given in schools?
I think it’s important for children and young people to be given something to aspire to early on. There are some people who do not know what they want to do for a career and I think that this could be changed through better careers guidance in schools.
The Labour Party have pledged to reduce the voting age to 16 if they win the General Election next month? Do you believe that the age of voting should be lowered?
Not really – I think that it’s important for young people to turn out and vote, given that the student vote could decide a variety of seats around the country, especially in the Southampton area. I like the work that has gone into encouraging young people to vote, but no, I don’t think the age of voting should be lowered.
But what if political education was to be delivered effectively in schools, perhaps as part of a broader citizenship programme? Should the age of voting be lowered then?
Perhaps it’s something that could be looked into.
Is there anything else that you would like to say about your election campaign?
I’m actually really enjoying it! Obviously there’s not long to go and a lot of work to be done before May 7th, but I’m enjoying it. It’s great to get out and talk to people, including students and young people, and I look forward to the hustings.