i Editor's Letter: So what do i readers want from this election?


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What, I asked my colleague Denise Thompson, our PA, would you like to see in i’s election coverage? “A summary of where each party stands on each issue so that I can make a clear comparison,” she explained. We start an election “Briefing” series today with a look at housing – a critical challenge for Britain.

Which issues would you like our journalists to cover? Please feel free to email me on the address below.

Rob Wildey, a clinical administrator and i reader in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, asked for “a more extensive politics section, especially as the election is fast approaching”. We haven’t gone overboard: there’s plenty else happening in the world, and we intend to stick to our concise, quality remit. But where the  news justifies it, we beef up our  coverage – as it does today, with revelations on child benefit, an interview with the Prime Minister,  and last night’s leaders debate in Scotland, where the next  government could be decided.

The latest results from our reader panel, IndyViews, are in. The four most important issues for i readers at this election are, you tell us: poverty/inequality, the NHS, the economy, and housing. (Not far behind: race relations/immigration and education.)

A staggering 96 per cent of i readers intend to vote, the research suggests, with four  in every ten of you either undecided or open to changing your mind with 28 days to go. That’s exciting for me, and gives you clout with Britain’s political leaders over the coming weeks.



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