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By Johnny O’Shea, BBC News, in St Ives

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About 540,000 day-trippers go to the city yearly, in line with the St Ives Tourism Association

The Cornish seaside city of St Ives attracts 1000’s of holiday makers, drawn annually to its stunning seashores and thriving artwork scene. But for individuals who reside and work right here, extraordinary life in a vacationer hotspot brings big challenges they’re demanding politicians tackle.

“It’s a lovely place to be… but I don’t think I will ever be a homeowner.”

Ben Hodgkinson is busy scanning the harbour within the noon solar, making an attempt to catch the attention of passers-by and promote them tickets for boat journeys to see seals and dolphins.

The 32-year-old has lived in St Ives his entire life, and like many individuals right here depends on vacationers for his livelihood.

There is a mild bustle within the air as guests take within the golden sands and turquoise seas – “it has been a bit quiet today, but it will pick up”, he says.

Ben thinks he is aware of which approach he’ll vote, however says he has not been totally satisfied by what he has heard to this point.

“Making housing affordable would be the number one challenge here.

“Local jobs are briefly provide and wages are horrible.”

Ben Hodgkinson

Ben Hodgkinson says “making housing inexpensive could be the primary problem” in St Ives

According to the St Ives Tourism Association, the town has the second highest visitor-related spend in the UK, topping £85m a year.

It has 540,000 day-trippers and 220,000 staying visitors a year.

“Tourism is a blessing and a curse,” says Ben.

“We would not be wherever with out tourism, but it surely pushes the costs up.

“It is a lovely place to be but lots of people can’t afford to stay here to live.”

A research by the University of Exeter in November 2022 calculated a spot of £229,878 between the quantity the typical earner might borrow and the typical value of a flat within the city.

In 2016, St Ives voted to ban the sale of recent builds to second residence consumers, however analysis by the London School of Economics in 2019 concluded this solely served to extend demand on current properties and push up rental costs.

St Ives

The St Ives constituency is probably the most south-westerly within the UK

Beside Ben on the harbourfront is George Sanders.

The 25-year-old owns a flat in St Ives, however says he works 90 to 100 hours per week – boat-tripping by day, taxi-driving by evening – with two youngsters at residence.

“I will be voting – it’s good to have a say,” he says.

“Hopefully whoever gets in will bring more tourism down here, reduce the cost of living and make it easier for locals to get housing.”


The St Ives constituency covers a largely rural space, with the opposite important cities being Penzance and Helston.

It additionally accommodates the Isles of Scilly, the place votes from the islands will probably be collected by boat earlier than being counted, usually making it one of many final constituencies to declare a winner.

The seat is at present held by the Conservatives, however with a majority of 4,280 within the 2019 basic election, it’s considered marginal.

The constituency has been a battleground between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, who’ve it close to the highest of their record of goal seats having held it from 1997 to 2015.

Sarah Llewellyn

Sarah Llewellyn manages a store that sells do-it-yourself flapjacks

Behind the harbour in St Ives is the slim, fairly Fore Street. Shoppers listed below are shopping shops, together with these promoting an array of native produce from pasties to fudge to ice cream.

Packing present luggage of flapjacks behind one counter is Sarah Llewellyn.

She moved to St Ives six months in the past “for nourishment, not punishment” and is delighted together with her life-choice.

“I feel very lucky – I have a fabulous rental, and a fabulous job.”

On politics, she is much less enthusiastic.

“We are living the nightmare with the cost of living, heating, food, rent and everything else,” says Sarah.

“Even with a job I love, and a good salary I am happy with, it is very tight to afford everything.”

The former continuity announcer has a son at college and needs extra readability from politicians.

“We don’t need big ideas, we just need the small stuff done right,” she provides.

Nick Gould

Nick Gould feels younger individuals want extra assist from politicians

Slightly additional alongside the road, plastering the hallway of the property that has been his spouse’s household residence since 1895, pensioner Nick Gould is feeling disillusioned.

“I remember back to the 1958 election and have followed every one avidly, but I don’t see the point in this one – that’s how bad the country is,” he says.

“The political system is shot – look at the NHS, the postmasters’ scandal, the sewage – it is a broken country.”

Nick additionally raises the problem of housing and price of dwelling.

“There are big issues across Cornwall with housing, and they are especially acute here.

“There must be an enormous effort for younger individuals. And the price of childcare is so excessive.

“Running a life between 25 and 50 years old is so hard now and they need help.”

‘Fiddling whereas Rome burns’

Liz Watson is sitting behind the desk of the St Ives neighborhood land belief the place she volunteers.

She feels engaged with the election and will probably be voting, however has “absolutely no idea what they will do”.

“There is just no vision. We are fiddling around while Rome burns and I find it extremely frustrating,” she says.

Liz lists the problems regarding her as poverty, the care system, skewed property costs and local weather change.

“There is nothing to choose between,” she says.

“If it was a garden it would be nice to choose between a nice oak and a silver birch.

“But we have simply bought a number of weeds.”

Liz Watson

Liz Watson volunteers at a community land trust

Full record of candidates for the St Ives constituency:

  • Andrew George – Liberal Democrats
  • John Harris – The Common People
  • Dave Laity – Independent
  • Giane Mortimer – Reform UK
  • Paul Nicholson – Liberal
  • Jason Saunders – UK Independence Party
  • Derek Thomas – Conservative

You can use the BBC News lookup software to seek out out which constituency you might be in, who’s standing as a candidate in your space and which polling station you possibly can vote at.