Polling stations across the constituency of Cardiff West saw a large turnout this morning despite the drizzle, with a strong early showing for the Liberal Democrats.
At the City Temple polling station in Lower Cathedral Road, an electrician in his late 30s said he was a traditional Labour voter, but decided to vote for the Liberal Democrats after seeing Nick Clegg’s performance in the televised debates. He said: “It feels odd not to be voting Labour, but after 13 years I think it’s time we gave someone else a chance.”
Another voter, who works at Cardiff University, said the ‘Vote for Policies’ website had persuaded him to vote for the Liberal Democrats. He said: “The website pointed me in their direction, and I agreed with a lot of what they had to say. It was more national issues like healthcare and the European Union that affected my decision, rather than local ones.”
Labour and Conservative voters were also braving the weather to support their parties this morning. An unemployed man in his fifties said: “I’ve voted for the Conservatives this time, because I think we need a change. Gordon Brown’s given us promises without keeping them, and he was never even our elected leader anyway.”
Another man, a construction worker, said: “I voted Labour, for the principles of the party rather than its politicians. Like most people I’m a bit cynical about what they’re doing at the moment, but I think they can do better if we give them the chance.”