VIEWS on who to vote for seem to be coming together for some of our undecided voters.

However, others have turned their minds to who should form a coalition government after May7.

Overall, the nine East Lancashire residents who volunteered to join the Lancashire Telegraph panel of undecided electors remain unsure of where to put their cross.


Operations director Dean Simpson, recruitment consultant Laura Hartley, telecoms worker Paul Rishton, production manager Ian McLean, pop choir organiser Sue Sykora, student Ikram ul-Haq, business woman Melissa MacFarlane, first-time voter Caitlin Jones and lawyer Juber Deriwala are following every move in the campaign.

The only general agreement among the panel is that the parties and their leaders need to ‘up their game’ before polling day.

Mr Simpson said: “I think Cameron made a mistake not being on the panel in Thursday’s debate.

“Miliband was spot on when he said if he wants the top job he should at least attend the interview. ”

Mr McLean said: “For me the SNP and Ukip will have a huge part to play in what happens.

“Whether you agree or disagree with Nigel Farage’s policies, he has left a massive impression on the British public and he might just end up in a coalition.”

Mrs MacFarlane said: “I work from home due to childcare costs of over £1,500 a month, so the Conservatives’ offer of 30 hours free childcare is a great way to help working families.

“I also agree with an Australian points-style immigration system.”

Mr Rishton said: “I am starting to feel I am making my mind up on who I’m going to vote for.

“I’m going to keep my thoughts on this to myself for the time being as I could still be swayed if some of the other parties step up and impress me.”

Miss Jones said: “I think David Cameron and the Conservatives are now starting to show their true colours and I’m not liking what I’m hearing.”

Mrs Sykora said: “For the first time I’ve been impressed by the Green Party. I like some of their policies but I’m still keeping my options open.”

Mr ul-Haq said: “I personally think that the reason why the Labour and the Conservative parties are very popular and are selected and preferred by the general public to serve in office is because they are to some extent seen as an established, reliable and eminent brand.”

Mr Deriwala said: “We need to address the situation where young people should be earning or learning, trying to help people’s lives and motivate them back to work.”

  • On election day, polling booths will be open between 7am and 10pm, with officials ready to count votes in 650 constituencies as soon as polls close. Each seat must begin counting within four hours of polls closing at 10pm. Exit polls soon follow that will give an initial estimate of how the nation has voted,