'They just spend their time squabbling': East Riding voters have their say on the general election campaign

Rob Harrison said he remained undecided as to who to vote for
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East Riding voters have been sharing their thoughts in the run up to the general election in July.

The voters, from North Ferriby and Hessle, spoke following Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's announcement last week to call a general election. The residents Hull Live spoke to said they planned to vote but one said he was yet to make his mind up after feeling unimpressed by what politics had to offer.

It comes as voters are set to head to the polls for the general election on Thursday, July 4. North Ferriby will become part of the Goole and Pocklington seat at the election.

It follows a Boundary Commission England review which published its findings last year. Hessle be in Hull West and Haltemprice.

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'It's a bit boring so far'

In North Ferriby, Mary Spink said the election had so far left her unenthused. She said: "I've always followed politics and I'm finding the election a bit boring so far.

"I wasn't surprised Rishi Sunak called it given inflation's come down, things are looking a little more positive. Things haven't been too much of a struggle for me, my husband and I saved a lot for our retirement before he died a couple of years ago.

Mary Spink said she follows politics closely but had not been very excited by the general election so far
Mary Spink said she follows politics closely but had not been very excited by the general election so far -Credit:LDRS

"I think the new thing that the Conservatives have proposed for youngsters to go into the armed forces or volunteer is a good idea, my brother-in-law was an army major and loved it. But I don't think it's a good idea to force them into the armed forces, they should want to chose it as a career.

"I couldn't vote for Labour, I think their past record has been appalling and I'm not sure they've changed that much despite saying they're the party of business. They typically want to nationalise things although having said that I do think they should do something about the water industry, it's terrible the way the companies have fleeced customers.

"I'm going to vote for my local MP David Davis. He's the only candidate whose actually contacted me."

'They just spend their time squabbling'

Rob Harrison, from Hessle, said he was disillusioned with most politicians. Mr Harrison said: "I'm not really happy with the Conservatives or Labour at the moment, I don't think a party leader has a backbone.

"They don't stand for anything, they just spend their time squabbling. That's what's running the country now, those are the people being chosen to represent everyone else and there's too much going on behind the scenes that no one knows about.

"I'll still be voting but I don't know who for yet. The Conservatives are all about giving money to their mates and Labour's plans to end tax breaks for private school fees are a real problem for me.

"My son goes to a private school, we can just about afford to send him there and we wanted him to have a good education, so I'm not happy with that. I'm not happy about the Conservatives' Rwanda policy, the country's big enough to take people in the right way and that's good for the economy, we don't need to do it.

"So it's a really hard decision when it comes to deciding who to vote for, I think Rishi Sunak's a bit of a wet blanket and Keir Starmer seems a bit better even though he's had the scandal over some of his MPs that have gone. The only person in politics whose ever had a backbone has been Nigel Farage but every time he'd make a speech he'd always make some silly comment at the end that would spoil it.

"I like my local MP Emma Hardy. Maybe if she was up for prime minister I'd support her."