Ques­tions flood in as hus­tings looms

Can­di­dates to de­bate hot top­ics at church event

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Joel Adams joel.adams@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.”

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