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How Punchline will cover the General Election campaign

The General Election campaign is now in full swing with Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn and Jo Swinson and representatives from all the other political parties touring the country in a bid to get their message out.

The TV news, websites and newspapers are going to be crammed full of claim, counter-claim and arguments over the next month - and we want to be a bit different.

Punchline-Gloucester.com is taking a particular stance

on the 2019 General Election and our coverage will reflect that.

We will not report every spit and whistle from the candidates in Gloucestershire or the main political party leaders.

There will be some stories of national significance that we will publish if they are of clear editorial significance, but those will be the exception, not the rule.

Instead, we will be setting our agenda on what we cover.

On Thursday next week, the candidate nomination process formally closes and we will know which names will be on the ballot paper in each of Gloucestershire's six constituencies.

Once those lists are confirmed we will be asking each candidate in each constituency to give us a short manifesto detailing what they and their party will do for business if they are elected.

Each candidate will receive the same brief and same instruction to write no more than 200 words. If they are unable to communicate clearly and concisely, that's their problem.

Then, from Monday December 2 through to the following Monday, December 9 we will publish a story with each candidate for a given constituency's answers.

Mark Owen, editor of Punchline-Gloucester.com, said: "We want to make things as clear as we can for the Gloucestershire business community when they enter the polling booth.

"So much will be said over the next month and quite often the important news can lost among all the noise.

"So, we have decided to do things a bit differently.

"We won't report the noise and will concentrate on giving people the information we feel is important when faced with putting your X on the ballot.

"Each and every candidate will get one chance to make their case and you will be able to judge for yourselves from their answers."

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