AA Gill went to Buckingham last week for the Sunday Times, to look at the contest between the Speaker John Bercow and the many other candidates who are now challenging him. I would heartily recommend the complete article, highlights of which include his encounter with a Flipper the dophin mascot and this, on Nigel Farage, the UKIP candidate:-
"Farage is hearty, hale and seedy, in a blue checked suit and electric blue tie. He’s a man whose character has been formed by a thousand snug bars. He has that confidence that is the by-product of an enormous amount of alcohol and laughs often and loudly.
He also has breath that could club a baby seal to death. Even across his desk, every time something strikes him as funny there is a draught like Carnarvon opening a pharaoh’s tomb. The first rule of standing for parliament is: a toothbrush is not just for Christmas."