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Our three civil engineers continue their General Election campaigns.

News - Election diaries

Lawrie Quinn Labour Scarborough & Whitby They say that campaigning is about eye-to-eye contact with the electorate so my campaign strategy seeks to get me to meet at least 500 people each day of the campaign. From 10am until 10pm I hardly see the inside of the campaign offices and easily travel over 100 miles a day.

Timings are tight, especially if we have visiting high profile supporters. This week I have the excellent company of Lord Penry and Lord Burlinson, both called Tom. They're experienced campaigners and drive me to my daily voter contact targets.

Both are former sportsmen and also help me run over eight miles each day.

On Wednesday last week trade minister Douglas Alexander and I visited the Boulby Potash mine, in the far north of the constituency.

Workers and the local community in Staithes were extremely impressed. It was two hours well spent.

That evening we visited the world class Stephen Joseph Theatre to meet Sir Alan Ayckbourne for a drink and discussion about the creative industries. I nominate Alan for Queen's Award to Industry. He is one of our local economy's biggest export successes and his theatre attracts millions of pounds to the Yorkshire coast.

Thursday was promising Goths in Whitby, more campaigning out on the street and a visit with regional media over in Leeds. Only seven days to go, I love it.

Brian Pope Conservative Glasgow North What a week. My whole campaign has taken off big style! I now represent 33 businesses in the West End of Glasgow which could be faced with closure because of the council's new traffic management scheme.

I have issued a formal objection on behalf of the companies and submitted it two hours before the legal deadline on Friday. I will issue a press release on Wednesday extending my representation to all resident groups in the area.

I spent half the week advising business on car parking layouts, traffic regulations and planning procedures, and now I represent them. I have never been so proud to be a civil engineer!

But this isn't the major story. I've been working all weekend and my new case is front page on the Glasgow Herald, Scottish Mail and many more newspapers.

Consultants at the Western Infirmary contacted me last week with the shocking news that Britain's second biggest cancer hospital is using outdated CT scanners.

They are frustrated at the failure to replace the oldest and busiest scanner for cancer investigation.

They have been trying to get new scanners for two and a half years. On Monday I launched a campaign and petition. The people of Glasgow North deserve better, especially when it comes to cancer detection.

If I can get two new scanners for the hospital then that alone will have made running for election worthwhile - regardless of whether I get in.

Chris Foote Wood Liberal Democrat Bishop Auckland Tudhoe School is having a 'Youth Election' with pupil candidates representing the Labour, LibDem, Conservative and Green parties.

By coincidence, the LibDem candidate is called Nick Wood, the same name as my son from my first marriage. Tudhoe Nick did well on Monday, although I must confess I gave him a bit of advance coaching. The Labour lad was earnest but boring, the Green girl rattled through her speech at a rate of knots, but the star performer was the Tory boy. Given that his material was poor, he wowed the audience with a barn-storming speech that was far better than William Hague's teenage conference offering all those years ago. Our young Nick had a good line in his speech. 'There are too many tests in schools, ' he said, 'as farmers say, a pig doesn't get fat by being weighed every day.' Neat, or what?

Then it was off to Barnard Castle to meet a lifelong Conservative who has offered to help my campaign by persuading his Tory friends to vote tactically for me to take the seat from Labour, the Tories having no chance whatsoever of winning here. I already have an ex-Labour man doing the same with the brothers and sisters.

Disillusioned Labour, plus tactical Tories could put me in.

Meanwhile, I've had to check with an electoral officer who confirmed postal vote applications would be accepted up to 5pm Tuesday, as one of our supporters has been told something different. A family of six, all LibDem voters, is going on holiday. I need every vote I can get. Suppose we lost by five?

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