Target Towns: Our election build-up starts tonight

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Target Towns: Our election build-up starts tonight

I’m on the train to northeast Lincolnshire and the towns of Grimsby and Cleethorpes.

It’s the first trip of many as I plan to be spending a lot of time in this part of the UK, to find out what people really want from our politicians as we get ready for a general election.

Our Sky News reporting teams will fan out across the UK, digging a bit deeper into what the UK is talking about.

We’re not focusing on what the politicians are talking about or what they want you to be talking about, but the issues that matter to people and their families and ultimately what will get them out to vote.

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Geographically, this constituency of Great Grimsby and Cleethorpes may be a long way from the politics of Westminster, but it’s at the heart of what this general election is all about.

It’s a target seat for both the Conservative and Labour parties – which is why, today, we are launching Grimsby and Cleethorpes as our ‘Target Towns’.

Cobblers in Grimsby

A cobbler in Grimsby

In the build-up to the election, Sky News will revisit the area – to hear what people think about all the twists and turns, the policies, the pledges and the politicians – right up until election night.

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Labour is hoping to reclaim the seat in Great Grimsby and Cleethorpes this year.

Once a thriving area built on fishing, the town’s struggles have reflected the industry’s.

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Big efforts are being made to refocus and regenerate but communities feel left behind. It’s not just about what they want from a general election, but what they need.

So we start our coverage this evening. The UK Tonight will come live from Cleethorpes, speaking to people who live and work across the two areas, getting to know them and the area and what they want for the future. Join us later.

Sky News’ Target Towns series aims to follow the build-up to the general election from a key constituency prized by both Conservatives and Labour – Great Grimsby and Cleethorpes.

To launch it The UK Tonight with Sarah-Jane Mee will broadcast live from Cleethorpes at 8pm.

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