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Nov 18th, 2014

Rochester & Strood: Rate the candidates

By James Blair

If you live in Rochester, Strood or the Hoo Peninsula, do you know who you’ll vote for on Thursday?

We’ve had to work together to cut through the spin in this by-election. The media only want to talk about immigration and the EU and are silent about things people really care about – the NHS, tax dodging, jobs. So 38 Degrees members have been quizzing the candidates directly on the issues that matter locally.

Now we have their answers. Are they any good, though? Let’s find out!

Let’s rate how good the candidates are on the issues we actually care about. It’s really easy: click the link, score their answers ‘issue by issue’ on a scale from 1 to 5, and then see at the end which candidate you agree with most.

Ready? Click here:

Rate that candidate

The candidates’ answers are anonymised, so we’re rating policies not personalities. The candidate that comes top for you might be predictable – or it might be a complete surprise!

And the more people who rate the candidates, the clearer the picture will be of who ranks top on the issues Rochester and Strood really cares about.

The election’s on Thursday. If you’re not sure who to vote for yet, or if you’re not sure if you’re going to vote at all, here’s a way to see if you think any of them are worth your vote.

Click here to use this simple tool to rate the candidates:

PS: A few candidates (including UKIP and the Lib Dems) didn’t want potential voters to read their answers. So they aren’t in the Rate That Candidate tool. 38 Degrees members in Rochester and Strood (and around the country!) asked them to answer the questions – and got a flat no. Want to tell them how you feel about them not being involved? Click here to send them an email:

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