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Much has been written about the Conservative election strategy of targeting Labour’s “red wall” in the north of England and the Midlands. But just as important if Boris Johnson is to secure a majority government is his party’s ability to hold on to seats that may have traditionally voted Tory but swung to remain in the EU referendum. One of those seats is currently held by the pro-EU Tory Steve Brine, who is battling to fend off the challenge of the Liberal Democrats. Despite his 10,000 vote majority in the 2017 election, Winchester has been identified by pro-EU tactical voting sites as a possible upset, leading the Green party to stand down and back the Lib Dems.

Anushka Asthana visited Winchester on the advice of Ben Howlett, a former Conservative MP now lending his support to other “one nation Tories” battling to maintain their voice in the party. She meets the local Tory candidate, Steve Brine, and the Lib Dem challenger, Paula Ferguson. And she hears from voters Alistair and Felice, who are former Tory voters who backed remain and are now grappling with their options at this election.

Also today: Nina Lakhani on seven men convicted for the murder of Berta Cáceres.

Michael Heseltine speaks at a Liberal Democrat Party press conference on November 27

Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

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