Batley and Spen by-election

Yesterday I found myself heading down to Batley in West Yorkshire. The last time I was there was back in June to cover a memorial service for the Labour MP Jo Cox who died after she was shot and stabbed in the street outside the library in nearby Birstall as she held a surgery. AfterContinue reading “Batley and Spen by-election”

Labour Leadership Hustings

Owen Smith MP and Jeremy Corbyn MP go head to head during a debate at the Hilton hotel in Gateshead in the second of a series of leadership debates. The result is expected to be announced on September 24… See more of my work on my website and blogs… HERE Images copyright Ian Forsyth All rightsContinue reading “Labour Leadership Hustings”

The 132nd Durham Miners Gala

More than two decades after the last pit closed in the Durham coalfield the Miners Gala or the Big Meeting as it is known locally remains as popular as ever with over 150,000 expected to attend this year for the 132nd gala. The gala forms part of the culture and heritage of the area andContinue reading “The 132nd Durham Miners Gala”

The Road to Referendum

Since April I’ve covered quite a few of referendum related visits and events from both sides of the debate around the north as I was documenting this whole process. So here’s a few pics from each event in the order they happened starting with a leave campaign event in Newcastle and finishing with the north-eastContinue reading “The Road to Referendum”

Jeremy Corbyn visits Middlesbrough College.

Leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn visited the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) further education college in Middlesbrough earlier today. The visit to Middlesbrough College came as Mr Corbyn visited the region to see how further education colleges in the area are dealing with the aftermath of the closure of the SSI UKContinue reading “Jeremy Corbyn visits Middlesbrough College.”

UKIP Annual Conference

On assignment for Getty Images recently I headed to Doncaster Racecourse to cover the UK Independence Party annual conference. After increasing their vote share following the May General Election campaign the UKIP conference this year focussed primarily on the campaign to leave the European Union ahead of the upcoming referendum on EU membership. After two long,Continue reading “UKIP Annual Conference”

Labour Leadership – Jeremy Corbyn

The Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn addresses a full house of party supporters at Middlesbrough Town Hall earlier today. The visit came ahead of the party leadership election which was triggered by the resignation earlier in the year of Ed Miliband following the party’s defeat at the general election. Four candidates were successfully nominated toContinue reading “Labour Leadership – Jeremy Corbyn”

Grassroots

So it’s all over and normality has returned. Well normality might have returned if the leaders of three of the political parties hadn’t all resigned the morning after the count. Or if the Lib Dems hadn’t taken such a thrashing or if Labour hadn’t done pretty badly across a lot of the country or ifContinue reading “Grassroots”

Grassroots – Day of choices

So the day finally arrived. Thursday 7th May 2015. Polling day. All that remained was for the people to play their part. To make their way to the nearest polling station, mark their choice, stick it in the box and change the world. Or maybe not. On assignment for Getty Images I covered a number ofContinue reading “Grassroots – Day of choices”

Grassroots – Back in the Ring

Former Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and Deputy Prime Minister, Lord John Prescott joined Labour candidate Anna Turley on a visit to Redcar Amateur Boxing Club earlier today. The visit marks the start of the final weekend of Labour’s campaigning ahead of what is predicted to be the closest General Election in decades on MayContinue reading “Grassroots – Back in the Ring”