I spent the day in Lincoln talking to people about the election. Most had a lot of concerns

With just three weeks to go until the General Election, people in Lincolnshire are getting ready to go to the polls to elect a new government. As part of the Five Thousand Voices project, we’re visiting constituencies across the East Midlands about the issues which matter to them.

Over the next few weeks, we will speak to people across Lincolnshire and ask them about the things which matter to them. To start, I spent the day in Lincoln city centre and asked people about the problems they’re concerned about.

Janet Nicholson, 76, from Sutton-on-Sea, said: “We can’t see a doctor, we don’t have any dentists in our area and we never see police. Those are our problems.”

Ianis Eremia, 16, from Fiskerton, said: “Food now is quite expensive and I would like for it to be just a little bit cheaper because there’s a lot of people who can’t afford that.”

Mason Groves, 21, a student from the University of Lincoln studying physics, said: “I along with most people my age are finding it ever increasingly difficult to get onto the property ladder, with the chance of owning our own homes dipping month by month.”

Steve McKellen, 74, from North Hykeham, said: “I think overall the thing that concerns me is the movement towards the right-wing of politics and people not taking into consideration things like help for the homeless, putting money into the NHS and into the community.”

Next, we asked people to describe what they thought of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in a few words. Iona, 18, from Sleaford, said: “He doesn’t care about anyone. I don’t think we should have someone running the country who has never had to worry about money in his entire life.”

Janet Nicholson, 76, from Sutton-on-Sea said she thought he’s a “good man.” Steve McKellen, 74, said: “I think he’s a very clever man. I think he supports his case very well, I just don’t agree with the politics of his party.”

Mason Groves, 21, said: “Self-sabotaging poster boy of the Conservative party.” We then asked people what they thought of Labour Leader Sir Keir Starmer in a few words.

Iona, 18, said: “The Labour party with him is not socialist.” Robin Nicholson, 82, said: “Not very much at all. I wouldn’t trust him.” Mason Groves, 21, added: “Spineless reactionary Tory in red.”

The General Election takes place on July 4th and polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm.

The full list of candidates standing for election in Lincoln are listed below:

  • Laura Ashby, Independent

  • Hamish Falconer for the Labour Party

  • Sally Horscroft for the Green Party

  • Craig Marshall for the Social Democratic Party

  • Karl McCartney for the Conservative Party

  • Jamie-Lee McMillian for Reform UK

  • Linda Richardson for Workers Party

  • Charles Shaw for Liberal Party

  • Clare Smalley for the Liberal Democrats