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Meet the cast of Motorway Man

Meet the people from Donington Park Services, the motorway service station near Derby, who will be featuring in Newsnight's Motorway Man.


Shane Aspinall

Shane is a regional manager at a household appliance servicing company.

He works from home in Derby but regularly uses the Donington Park services for meetings with field engineers.

Shane objects to the Afghan war and says his political priority is the economy.

Describing himself as "true Labour", Shane has always voted Labour because he likes his local MP, Margaret Beckett. He plans to vote Labour again on 6 May on the strength of Ms Beckett alone.


Pat Wilson

Truck wash technician Pat works at Donington Park Services and lives in nearby Derby.

In the past he has voted Labour but this time around is leaning towards giving UKIP his vote.

Pat feels that the UK pays too much into Europe and that withdrawal might help the country's finances.

Pat also worries about future employment prospects for his grandchildren.


Sunny Singh

Sunny is a hotel manager at Donington Park Services.

In line with his family's politics, and perhaps out of habit, he has always voted Labour.

But Sunny says he will be making up his own mind when it comes to casting his vote at this summer's election.

James Summerland

Twenty-four-year-old James is a cafe supervisor and trainee manager.

He voted for the Conservatives in 2005 and shares Tory views on benefits and immigration.

James says that if the Conservatives could guarantee lower taxes he would definitely vote for them.

Keen to get on the property ladder, James has found that he cannot afford to buy a home so is currently renting.

Yvonne Bloore

Yvonne is a petrol station forecourt manager at Donington Park Services. She loves her job and works hard.

Yvonne voted Conservative in the 1997 and 2001 elections, but in 2005 she switched allegiance and voted Liberal Democrat.

Yvonne thinks the Lib Dems will get her vote next month.


John O'Connell

Seventy-three-year-old cleaner, John, works eight hour shifts at the services.

Both he and his wife collect state pensions (of £90 per week and £60 per week respectively), but say they do not cover the cost of living. Between them they have racked up 100 years of working.

Six other members of John's family are also employed at Donington Park Services.

John has always voted Labour but says he is not convinced the party will get his vote in the 2010 general election.


Louise Gosling

Thirty-year-old Louise is the Donington Park duty manager.

She has never voted before because she says she can't grasp the issues and finds politics too confusing.

But Louise says that at this election she is inclined to vote for Labour because she is angry at the way the prime minister is being treated.

She missed Piers Morgan's interview with Gordon Brown but recorded it so she could watch it later.

Louise commutes to her job at the services and spends around £300 each month on petrol for her 100 mile daily round trip.

Louise has a two-year-old son and is planning to get married this year

Watch the first instalment of Motorway Man on Newsnight on Wednesday 7 April 2010 at 10.30pm on BBC Two.

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