Radio spotlight on key election battle

Radio spotlight on key election battle

NATIONAL BBC radio came to Dewsbury on Wednesday for a three-hour broadcast on election issues.

Radio 5 Live presenter Peter Allen was joined at the market by BBC Radio Leeds political reporter Louise Martin.

Among the guests interviewed were Dewsbury Chamber of Trade president Trish Makepeace and a number of market traders.

The town was chosen because the Dewsbury and Mirfield seat is considered crucial to whoever forms the next government.

Radio 5 Live this week began a series of 20 programmes in 20 days from marginal seats.

Also covered was reaction to the case of two teenagers from Dewsbury who are believed to have travelled to Syria.

Dr James Laurence, of the University of Manchester, spoke about community cohesion in West Yorkshire.

A BBC Radio 5 live spokesperson said: “Throughout the election campaign we will be hearing from the people who matter most – voters.

“Peter spoke to traders at the Dewsbury market about key issues affecting them.

“He heard from undecided voters on the issues and policies likely to influence their decision.

“And he also heard from politicians on why they deserve support from this important pocket of West Yorkshire.”

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