Victory in 2015 will be decided on the battlefields of the North

 James Heywood (Secretary, Magdalen) is an undergraduate reading History.

In next year’s local elections, I will be standing as the Conservative candidate for Stretford in Trafford, Greater Manchester. As recently as 1996 the ward had a Conservative councillor, and they had won the seat with 53 per cent of the vote. Today, the Tory vote has hemorrhaged so dramatically that I can nominate safe in the knowledge that I will not need to worry about explaining to the Magdalen porters why my mail is now addressed with ‘Cllr’ before my name.

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