The battle between the two finalists to succeed Boris Johnson is dividing the Conservative Party. Activists support the minister, elected officials support Rishi Sunak.
Julie Sack – Cheltenham
At Cheltenham, there were no major problems. A city of 117,000 people known for its medicinal waters, literary festivals and horse races, it has only a handful of unemployed and homeless people. The city centre, with its pale Victorian facades and flowery parks, exudes opulence. “Members of the local Conservative Party are particularly concerned about the condition of roads, the preservation of green spaces and the graffiti that has started to appear in the city centre,” notes Stephen Fifield, a 29-year-old municipal elected official.