General Election: Chew Valley Hustings to take place tonight with North East Somerset candidates

By Chew Valley Gazette in Politics

The Chew Valley Hustings is taking place at Ubley Village Hall, BS40 6PJ tonight, Thursday 18th May.

The event is free and open to everyone, no tickets are required but seats are limited to 150 with standing room for all.

In 2015 the Chew Valley Hustings was one of only two held in the North East Somerset constituency and proved a very popular and informative event. The Hustings gives voters the chance to meet all the candidates for the North East Somerset constituency, hear their views on the main topics of the campaign, and have an opportunity to question them about the things which are important to you.

Doors and the bar will be open from 19:00 and the event will begin at 19:30 with a welcome from Ubley Parish Council Chair Wesley Hallam.

All of the five candidates for the North East Somerset seat will be present. The candidates are:

Conservative party and current MP: Jacob Rees-Mogg

Green party: Sally Calverley

Independent: Shaun Hughes

Labour Party: Robin Moss

Liberal Democrats: Manda Rigby

After all of the candidates have made their opening statements, the chair will ask candidates a few pre-submitted questions. Following these questions will be taken from the floor. This is the opportunity for anyone to put their questions to the candidates.

"We do encourage political passion, but also respect for the views of others," said Hustings organiser Charles Fenn. "Two-and-a-half thousand years ago Plato said that democracy was only the fourth-best system of government, but all of human history since then seems to confirm that – for all its faults - it is the still the least-bad system that we have yet devised. In many parts of the world people risk life and liberty in pursuit of this thing which we are in danger of taking for granted: the ability to choose our representatives and to hold our government to account."

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