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Politics on the back foot in a town famous for shoemaking

Northampton has been at the centre of footwear manufacturing for hundreds of years but it's politicians who need to pull up their socks to deliver what voters want in the town.

Speaking to ITV News Anglia, one shopper in the market said: "I don't think we can believe anyone at all from any of the parties."

Another added: "I'm sick to the teeth hearing about it - whatever you're doing, do it, because we've had enough - move on."

  • Watch a report on the election battle in Northampton by ITV News Anglia's Political Correspondent Emma Hutchinson

In the general election on Thursday 12 December, voters will choose two MPs in Northampton - one in the north and one in the south.

In 2017 the town elected two Conservative MPs but they scraped in by the skin of their teeth as the Labour vote surged.

Both parliamentary seats in Northampton were won by the Conservatives in 2017 but by just a few hundred votes. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Labour lost Northampton South in 2005 and winning it in the Labour landside of 1997. The South seat went from Labour to Conservative five years later in 2010.

But the constituencies are among the most marginal in the country where just a few hundred votes switching between parties could mean victory or defeat.

The Conservative majority in Northampton North was just 807 in 2017 making it the 17th most vulnerable Tory seat in the UK.

The party's majority in Northampton South was 1,159.

Politicians will be wearing out shoe leather over the next few weeks as they try to win over voters. Credit: ITV News Anglia

There are four candidates standing in both Northampton North and Northampton South.

Northampton North

  • Michael Ellis - Conservative
  • Sally Keeble - Labour
  • Katherine Pate - Green
  • Martin Sawyer - Liberal Democrats

Northampton South

  • Gareth Eales - Labour
  • Jill Hope - Liberal Democrats
  • Andrew Lewer - Conservative
  • Scott Mabbutt - Green

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