Campaign Notebook catches up with Lee Sherriff, our candidate in the border city of Carlisle, bidding to be the the constituency's first ever woman MP:
Why do you want to be the MP for Carlisle?
I want to be the MP for Carlisle because it is my hometown and the City that I love. I want a better future for my, and everyone else's, children. I want to see Carlisle placed firmly on the map as a vibrant and ambitious City.
What do you like about Carlisle?
I love the people of Carlisle and the fact that everybody you meet will be guaranteed to know somebody that you know. The fact that Carlisle feels like a great big village with masses of potential is a definite plus point. We are in a fabulous location with the Lakes and Scotland on our doorstep and we have good transport links for both road and rail. Carlisle is rich in history, from the Romans to the Vikings and on to the State Management Scheme and there is still plenty of evidence of each around.
What is the number one issue on the doorstep?
The thing that is standing out most on the doorstep is definitely the cost of living.People of all ages and backgrounds are feeling the effects of this Government's policy and where they don't feel it they sympathise with others affected by things such as the Bedroom Tax, benefit sanctions, high energy bills etc.
What is the key to a successful campaign?
The key to a successful campaign is, undoubtedly, organisation! Enthusiasm, hard-work and team-building come along at a close second place. Local knowledge is a huge asset and above all, campaigning should be kept fun and varied. You need to make people WANT to come out and be involved!
Who is your political hero?
Mo Mowlam is a politician who I find inspiring. Throughout her illness she remained focused and committed. Her continued dedication to the Good Friday Agreement helped to secure it. Mo retained a sense of humour throughout her struggle with a brain tumour and was able to continue her job with dignity. A remarkable person and a remarkable politician.