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The fire went out. What was going to be the point of voting Labour? Had my confidence in Gordon Brown been misplaced? Where was the radicalism? At the polling station, I sequestered myself in the booth. It was me, the ballot paper and that stubby bit of pencil on a piece of string. I stared at the paper. It stared back. I didn't move. Nat shouted at me to get a move on. I folded the paper up and dropped it, unmarked, into the box.
My difficulty this time round is complicated by the fact that I don't know which constituency I'm in now. I'd believed that we were in Birmingham Edgbaston, currently held by Gisela Stuart and one of the last Birmingham seats to go Labour. The BBC's Vote 2001 website, on the other hand, says we're in Birmingham Ladywood, held by Clare Short.
If we're in Ladywood, my decision is easy. I vote for Clare Short as an individual candidate.
Edgbaston though is much more tricky. Gisela Stuart doesn't particularly inspire my personal loyalty, so I'd be voting on a party basis. In which case, I'm back to where I was in '97 - can I feel comfortable voting Labour?
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