Dash to the election finishing line

WANNABE MPs caught a glimpse of light at the end of the election tunnel this week as the 2010 campaign reached its climax. After a hard fight by all the parliamentary candidates they will hope they have done enough over previous weeks and m

Rhiannon Evans

WANNABE MPs caught a glimpse of light at the end of the election tunnel this week as the 2010 campaign reached its climax.

After a hard fight by all the parliamentary candidates they will hope they have done enough over previous weeks and months to convince you to vote for them as you head to the ballot box today.

The Broadway caught up with the candidates as they embarked on their final few days of the campaign.

Incumbent MP and Liberal Democrat Lynne Featherstone said she had a "good feeling" about how things would go.

"These last few days have been absolutely fantastic - there's such a good atmosphere, so many people saying they have voted for us already, or good luck. It's been lovely meeting people as many want to talk about Nick Clegg - we have never had so much attention.

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"I am just hoping for a good result on the night for myself but also for Haringey Council to be Lib Dem after 40 years of Labour."

Labour candidate Karen Jennings said the last few days had proved to be "non-stop".

She said: "It has been fantastic, the industry we have had in the Middle Lane office.

"The door has been open and people have just walked in and asked for posters and offered to do deliveries - there's never less than 30 people there - it's just extraordinary. The momentum that's picked up over the last week has been overwhelming.

"As you go our people are just engaging and thoughtful - some still have not decided yet, but they are willing to talk and listen."

Ms Jennings said she was looking forward to results night at Alexandra Palace adding: "I'm feeling really positive about it - I think we have fought an extraordinary campaign with a high level of support from senior figures in the party and that has resonated with the electorate.

"I really can't call it, but I really think I'm in with a good, fighting chance."

Richard Merrin, standing for the Conservative Party, said many people were still undecided at this late stage. "I don't think I've ever felt so tired - I'm shattered," he said. "The last few days have just been a mad dash around the constituency, getting posters up, canvassing areas, it's been quite extraordinary.

"I think it's fair to say I have never fought an election like it, I'm just coming across the most extraordinary voting patterns I have seen in my life.

"The votes are going everywhere - I think people are incredibly confused and unsure about what to do."

Green Party candidate Pete McAskie said he feared he would lose votes to people deciding to vote tactically, but was encouraged by the support from voters on the doorsteps.

"It feels like there is an awful lot of support and a lot of people have decided," he said. "Regretfully people are saying they need to vote Labour to keep the Lib Dems out, or Lib Dems to keep Labour out - they are not expressing it positively.

"If people vote positively I think we will do very well, but sadly I don't think a lot of them will. I think there's a lot more support out there for us than there are people who are going to vote for us."

o Also vying for your vote are two independent candidates - Stephane De Roche is standing for the Haringey Citizens Alliance, a movement for renaissance, social, environmental and economic progress, and believes power should be devolved back to a local group of residents.

The second independent is Woodside resident Dr Rohen Kapur, who says his manifesto would be based on a debate and vote amongst local residents and promises a referendum on continued membership of the European Union.

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