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Student photographer captures new MP's progress

 10th Oct 2010

Julie ElliotA photography student got political with his MA dissertation assignment and captured the journey of a prospective parliamentary candidate from her selection as a candidate through to the moment she first took her set in the House of Commons.

Alan Brown had been taking a photography course at Sunderland University and decided to make use of the year's exciting political landscape. He shadowed Labour candidate Julie Elliott in her ultimately successful bid to replace Chris Mullin as the MP for Sunderland Central

The 65-year-old decided to take the course after he retired from his career as a teacher and educational policy advisor. He wanted to make what had been a simple hobby into something more serious.

His dissertation was based around the role of gender in politics and he said he gained an excellent viewpoint from his four months spent on the campaign trail.

"I am delighted with the material," he explained. "I entered this process with an open mind on the issue of gender and politics and luckily, the issue emerged fairly quickly. There was a risk I was going to get nothing, but I believe I produced an honest and straight record of this memorable election campaign."

Julie said Alan's work was a wonderful documentation so such an important series of events in her life and she was extremely grateful to him. She added, "For me personally, this is a pictorial record which I, my family and friends will always cherish for many generations to come."

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