Candidates set for grilling at hustings

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While national party leaders are taking part in high profile TV debates, closer to home residents are being offered a chance to quiz their Parliamentary candidates at two sets of hustings due to take place this month.

Tomorrow sees Asda in Fleetwood host an event for prospective MPs for the Lancaster and Fleetwood constituency, while, on Wednesday April 15, those fighting the Blackpool North and Cleveleys seat will be at All Hallows Church in Bispham to answer questions.

The Fleetwood hustings starts at 6pm in the store cafe, and people still have a chance to submit questions in advance at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/asda-fleetwood-election-husting-registration-16143797533

Candidates taking part include Eric Ollerenshaw (Conservative), Cat Smith (Labour), Robin Long (Liberal Democrat), Matthew Atkins (UKIP) and Chris Coates (Green 

Store manager Lee Anson said: “We’re pleased that our local candidates have accepted the invitation to hold a hustings event at Asda Fleetwood.

“Our customers are bound to ask the questions that matter to the people of Lancaster and Fleetwood and I’m looking forward to a lively and informative debate.”

Michael Everitt, Archdeacon of Lancaster, will chair the hustings taking place at All Hallows Church, All Hallows Road, which is due to be attended by candidates including Paul Maynard (Conservative), Sam Rushworth (Labour), John Warnock (Green), Sue Close (Liberal Democrat) and Simon Noble (UKIP). People can attend from 7pm, when questions will be set, with the debate, which will be in the style of the BBC’s ‘Question Time’ programme, then starting at 7.30pm.

Reverend Simon Cox, of All Hallows Church, said: “The hustings is an opportunity for residents to come along and ask all of the candidates some questions.

“The Archdeacon of Lancaster is neutral so he is chairing the event.

“The General Election is going to determine who runs the country for the next five years and it will be one of the closest elections ever.

“So people need to exercise their vote thoughtfully and this is chance for people to find out what candidates really think about the issues.”