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 of the polling stations around my area to get some generic ‘pictures of polling stations’ which all help to fill the media appetite on the lead up to the results coming in. Then later that evening I attended the count in Sunderland. For the past five elections Sunderland has been the first in the country to count the votes and declare its winners. So covering this was of interest. Late last night they were successful once again and returned three constituency results all before midnight. An incredible achievement when you consider all that must be done at a count to ensure accuracy.

But their well rehearsed and practiced machine worked well and the results showed Labour winning in all three of the constituencies. First across the post was Bridget Phillipson representing Houghton and Sunderland South. Behind her was Julie Elliot representing Sunderland Central and Sharon Hodgson of Washington and Sunderland West.

There were somewhere in the region of 100 media representatives accredited to attend the count. Photographers, Radio, TV – Even Eamonn Holmes and Fiona Bruce turned up so now you know it must have been an important event! To keep the floor of the count as clear as possible photographs from ground level were shot on a pool basis by Paul Kingston from North News and Pictures with everyone else confined to the balcony area. Whilst a little frustrating to not get the access I might want this is the way of it at times and it’s fair enough so I just had to shoot what I could from the position I was allowed in and see where it went from there.

Once Sunderland had come to an end I then headed down to photograph the count at Redcar and as the hours dragged by into the early morning the count finally finished and the Labour candidate Anna Turley was announced as the winner for the constituency.

So below are a few of my pictures from the day, and the evening, and the night and the errr morning! Twas a long day indeed!

 

 

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#Grassroots

Click on the links below to see more in the #Grassroots series…

Grassroots – Back in the Ring

Grassroots – Hartlepool 2

Grassroots – Justine Thornton

Grassroots – Bit of Corrie

Grassroots – Redcar 3

Grassroots – Down the Farm

Grassroots -Lemon Top

Grassroots – Eaglescliffe

Grassroots – Stockton

Grassroots – Election Train

Grassroots – The pink bus

Grassroots – Redcar 2

Grassroots – Coatham

Grassroots – Redcar

Grassroots – Horden

Grassroots – Stockton

Grassroots – Hartlepool

Grassrots – Dormanstown

Grassroots – Eston

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Grassroots – Redcar 3

Veteran Labour politician and former Home Secretary, Education Secretary and Work and Pensions Secretary in the previous Labour government, David Blunkett, campaigned in Redcar today with the Labour Party candidate for Redcar, Anna Turley as momentum continues to gather ahead of the General Election on May 7th.

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#Grassroots

Click on the links below to see more in the #Grassroots series…

Grassroots – Down the Farm

Grassroots -Lemon Top

Grassroots – Eaglescliffe

Grassroots – Stockton

Grassroots – Election Train

Grassroots – The pink bus

Grassroots – Redcar 2

Grassroots – Coatham

Grassroots – Redcar

Grassroots – Horden

Grassroots – Stockton

Grassroots – Hartlepool

Grassrots – Dormanstown

Grassroots – Eston

See more of my work on my website and blogs via the link…. HERE

Images remain copyright Ian Forsyth / Getty Images

No usage without arrangement

Make it vote

The Labour Party candidate Emma Lewell-Buck has won the South Shields by-election held yesterday. She retains a Labour led constituency that has held South Shields since 1935.

The by-election was triggered after the former foreign secretary David Miliband announced recently that he was resigning from the House of Commons in order to leave Britain and head up the New York based International Rescue Committee humanitarian organisation.

I covered event yesterday and a few pictures are below with further shots via the link HERE

 

South Shields byelection

A voter makes his way into one of the 45 voting stations in the South Shields constituency

South Shields byelection

Councillor Ernest Gibson, the Deputy Mayor of South Tyneside, hangs party banners at Harton and Westoe Colliery Welfare Club

South Shields byelection

Voters make their way towards one of the portable voting stations in South Shields

South Shields byelection

After the polls closed at 10pm the ballot boxes start to arrive to be counted

South Shields byelection

Ballot papers are emptied out onto the tables to be counted

South Shields byelection

The count begins at Temple Park Leisure Centre in South Shields

South Shields byelection

A member of the Monster Raving Loony Party looks on as ballot papers are counted

South Shields byelection

Labour candidate Emma Lewell-Buck reacts to well wishers in the gallery above after arriving to watch the count

South Shields byelection

Labour candidate Emma Lewell-Buck

South Shields byelection

Labour party members are in high spirits as the result is about to be announced

South Shields byelection

The candidates in the South Shields by-election line up as the Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Eileen Leask, prepares to read out the results

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Labour candidate Emma Lewell-Buck makes her speech after being announced as winner of the South Shields by-election.

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