Trinity Mirror's regionals publish 'Find My Seat' election widgets

Trinity Mirror’s regional titles have published an online tool providing a wealth of official statistics and commentary for every constituency in the country.

‘Find My Seat' is Trinity Mirror’s latest cross-title election initiative, following the launch of local manifestos across 26 titles last month.

The series of pre-election projects aim to inform regional voters like no other media outlet can, emphasising the important role of local press, says Trinity Mirror.

With a number of local issues placing highly on manifestos, Find My Seat aims to show readers how their communities measure against the national average.

Readers enter their postcode into the widget to produce a raft of information about their constituency, including who the election candidates are, the history of the seat, and how it compares with the rest of the country on a range of categories.

The statistics have been divided into four main groups - economy, cost of living, immigration and pensions - each containing a selection of various relevant measures.

Readers will find statistics on these four key areas, presented on sliding scales for ease of viewing. Two of the four categories will include change since the 2010 election for comparison.

Detailed commentary will explain how unemployment, house prices, wages and more compare with the national average.

The figures have all been taken from a range of official sources including the Office for National Statistics, the Department for Work and Pensions and the Land Registry.

All Trinity Mirror regional titles will publish Find My Seat including the Manchester Evening News, Liverpool Echo, Birmingham Mail, Newcastle Chronicle and WalesOnline.

The Find My Seat project was devised by Trinity Mirror Regional's data unit, and data was compiled by Patrick Scott.

Sarah Lester, who is heading Trinity Mirror’s regional election coverage, said: “It's our job to provide our readers with everything they need to know ahead of polling day. We are determined to look at new ways to make this important information accessible.

“Find My Seat is one of a number of services we’re rolling out to engage and inform readers ahead of the General Election.

“Our Manifestos project showed people tend to place local issues at the top of their voting agendas,” she said, “so it’s even more important we arm voters with key information about their constituencies.

“Find My Seat provides this at the click of a button, in a presentable, easy to read style.”

Click here to view the widget on the Liverpool Echo’s website.