(fashion) The Conservative and Labour parties have started recruiting for campaign staff in more than 25 marginal seats, as they gear up for an expected general election.
Adverts have been placed for campaign managers, constituency communications officers, events assistants and caseworkers in key battleground seats including Stoke-on-Trent, Kensington and Chelsea and Edinburgh over the last two months.
It comes as the political class remains in uproar over Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to ask the Queen to prorogue parliament, leaving MPs just days to thwart a no-deal disorderly Brexit.
And follows reports that the prime minister is poised to launch a general election 'within days' if plans for the UK to exit the EU on October 31 are scuppered.
Thousands descended on Westminster yesterday to protest against the plan, bringing chaos to the streets of London.
The Conservative and Labour parties have gone on the recruitment drive for campaign staff in more than 25 marginal constituencies as they gear up for an expected general election
Protesters marched in London's Whitehall and Glasgow yesterday to demonstrate against Boris Johnson's decision to prorogue parliament. They also gathered outside the gates of Number 10
Protesters in York take part in a demonstration against Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to suspend Parliament for up to five weeks before a Queen's Speech on October 14. Several donned berets emblazoned with the Flag of Europe
Recruitment ads, posted on the website w4mp, also show the Tories may be taking a more aggressive stance than Her Majesty's official opposition, revealed to be targeting at least eight swing seats they do not hold, while Labour only opened applications in at least two in a move that suggests it could be sticking to its former strongholds.
The Tories were seeking an events co-ordinator to manage their efforts in Kensington and Chelsea, which they lost in the last election to Labour's Emma Dent Coad by 40 votes, and an organisation secretary to target the four marginal seats in Edinburgh.
After the 2017 general election three of the four were held by the SNP, while the other voted in the Liberal Democrats.
The party also placed adverts for a 'campaign volunteer' to challenge the opposition in Wrexham, Wales, and for a campaign manager in the north-west Labour city of Chester.
Labour, on the other hand, has only targeted Stoke-on-Trent South, which the Conservatives hold with a majority of 2,000, and York Outer, in a move which suggests it may only be aiming to hold its current position.
They have also placed 12 adverts for communications and campaign officers in seats that they already hold including former strongholds Darlington, Birmingham and Erdington, and Leeds