Big issues go under the spotlight
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.