Big is­sues go un­der the spot­light

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MORE than 100 peo­ple quizzed the prospec­tive par­lia­men­tary can­di­dates for Che­sham and Amer­sham at a hus­tings event.

St Mary’s Church, in Church Street, Che­sham, hosted Che­sham Elec­tion Spe­cial – Meet The Can­di­dates on Wed­nes­day, April 22.

About 120 peo­ple went along to the event and got to meet and ask ques­tions of four of the five prospec­tive par­lia­men­tary can­di­dates for the con­stituency.

The au­di­ence quizzed the can­di­dates about is­sues in­clud­ing food­banks and lo­cal poverty, the NHS, how to re­duce the deficit, HS2 and im­mi­gra­tion.

In at­ten­dance was Con­ser­va­tive can­di­date Ch­eryl Gil­lan, Labour can­di­date Ben Davies, Lib­eral Demo­crat can­di­date Kirsten John­son and UKIP can­di­date Alan Stevens (UKIP).

Green Party can­di­date Gill Walker was un­able to at­tend.

Vicar at St Mary’s Church Rev Simon Cans­dale said: “It was an ex­cel­lent evening and about 120 peo­ple came along.

“Ev­ery­one could choose top­ics that were of most in­ter­est to them as they ar­rived, and the five most popular ar­eas were food­banks and how to al­le­vi­ate lo­cal poverty, im­prov­ing the NHS, how to run the econ­omy and re­duce the deficit, HS2, and im­mi­gra­tion.

“The can­di­dates all spoke well, there was quite a lot of com­mon ground in­clud­ing praise for The work of Chiltern Food­bank and anti-HS2 in par­tic­u­lar. There were ob­vi­ous dif­fer­ences, es­pe­cially over the econ­omy and NHS. The end­ing speeches fo­cused on whether this con­stituency needs a new voice or to re­turn a long-stand­ing MP in what has, for decades, been a very safe Tory seat.”

Par­lia­men­tary can­di­dates will at­tend a ques­tion and an­swer event tonight (Thurs­day) at 8pm at the com­mu­nity cen­tre in Chiltern Av­enue. Ev­ery­one is wel­come.

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