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My day out with the Thameslink Tories

The Bedford to Brighton line is dotted with marginal seats. I went to listen to the voters

By Sam Knight   March 2010

It is 8.30am in Bedford. Patrick Hall, the town’s Labour MP, is talking to half a dozen parents outside a nursery. Everyone is shifting on their feet because of the cold. Above their heads sag the black lines of electricity pylons against the grey sky. Up there birds hop too, feeling for a warmer wire, while below children go on their way buttoned up against the cold. “I make no promises,” Hall is saying to the parents, who nod. “Other than that I will do my best.”

Then Hall, a slender 58 year old with a Blairish tuft of brown…

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