HAVING studied politics since 1987 and lectured for more than eight years in the field, I have to ask, given the lack of Labour party candidates in Southampton Itchen, Romsey and Southampton North, Winchester, Eastleigh, New Forest East, New Forest West, Portsmouth North, Portsmouth South and many other constituencies: What are the Labour Party playing at? 

Particularly in seats like Southampton Itchen where UKIP may support Royston Smith, leaving the Lib Dem Eleanor Bell as the only credible alternative in the east of the city.

Simon Foster