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They're all liars so who the hell do you vote for?'

PUBLISHED: 11:39 11 March 2010 | UPDATED: 17:41 25 August 2010

EACH week your Times will be devoting space to a comprehensive look at the political parties chasing your votes during the forthcoming election, writes group editor, Melody Foreman. We will be covering education, health, crime, culture and environmental

AN exclusive poll has revealed that the majority of voters have not decided who they are going to vote for in the general election which is just weeks away.

The big parties have a lot of work to do before residents will vote for any of their politicians confidently and believe in their promises.

Even those voters who cited the big three as their choice at the ballot box, did so begrudgingly, and were almost embarrassed to admit it.

For a large part of the electorate, the expenses scandal has just gone to prove that "all politicians are liars" and "in it to line their own pockets" - phrases heard countless of times from residents.

A 50-year-old female nursing home worker from Bexley, who wished to remain anonymous, said: "I usually am a Labour voter but I am not sure what I am doing now.

"I think they support people and communities - usually the NHS. To be honest I think the parties are quite similar.

"They are all liars but who the hell do you vote for? You make the best of what you can. I will probably vote Labour because they are for the basic working person."

There still remained some sense of an ideological divide between Labour and the Conservatives.

Charity worker Christine Bryant, from Bexleyheath, told the Times: "Labour will be getting my vote. They care more about the ordinary person and I don't trust the Tories.

"People have short-term memories about the way they handled the recession.

"Labour managed to keep this recession far better than they did - they managed to keep unemployment relatively low as well as home repossessions."

The impression that the Conservatives are better for the self-employed business person also prevails.

A former publican who lost his business under Labour, Chris Smith, 49, from Erith, said: "I have been a Conservative voter.

"I think they are better for the self-employed business owner. Businesses have been wrecked by Labour, through taxes, paperwork and red tape."

Immigration was an issue, cited by a handful, as being detrimental to the Labour party.

Retired office worker Margaret Hutchings, 69, from Sidcup said: "I will vote for someone who takes us out of the European Union and puts a stop to immigration.

"There are too many people. It is not because they are from another country, it is because there are too many people in this country.

"It is putting a strain on everything. I have previously voted UKIP but some friends have told me about the policies the BNP have and it is what people want. Nobody takes any notice of the person in the street."

Giving immigration a human face was an unemployed 49-year-old Albanian immigrant from Sidcup, who said: "I have been here for 11 years. I want Labour to keep their promise because they want to keep me here. Other parties want to take me away. Labour supports the poor.

"I don't like the Prime Minister but I will still support Labour."

l What do you think? E-mail marina.soteriou@archant.co.uk

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