Questions flood in as hustings looms
Candidates to debate hot topics at church event
BEACONSFIELD’S prospective MPs will answer voters’ questions, and debate each other, in a school hall tonight.
Beaconsfield School, in Wattleton Road, Beaconsfield, will host the event starting at 8pm on Thursday, April 23.
All five candidates will m make opening statements, then take turns to answer a series of questions asked by audience members.
After answers have been given by each candidate, a freeform debate between them may in some cases be allowed by the moderator.
In attendance will be Peter Chapman, (Liberal Democrat), Tony Clements, (Labour), Dominic Grieve, (Conservative), Dave Hampton, (Green), and Tim Scott, (UKIP).
The event is being organised by Churches Together, whose chairman Jeremy Brooks has received dozens of presubmitted questions from keen Beaconsfield voters and will select those to be asked on the night.
The candidates will have no forewarning of the questions.
Toilets and parking are available on the school site, and the hall has a capacity of 300-400 so organisers are hoping for a high turnout for the two-hour hustings.
Mr Brooks, who is rector of St Mary’s Church in Beaconsfield, said of Churches Together’s efforts to host hustings up and down the country: “We feel it’s an important part of our contribution to the local community to put on events like this.”