General election candidates to face the public at Daventry hustings

Clockwise from top left: Chris Heaton-Harris Conservative, Abigail Campbell Labour, Callum Delhoy, Liberal Democrat, Steve Whiffen Green, and Michael Gerrard UKIP.
Clockwise from top left: Chris Heaton-Harris Conservative, Abigail Campbell Labour, Callum Delhoy, Liberal Democrat, Steve Whiffen Green, and Michael Gerrard UKIP.

Parliamentary candidates vying for your vote in the General Election have been invited to attend a hustings event at Daventry’s Methodist Church.

All five candidates standing in the Daventry constituency have confirmed they intend to appear at the event, which is the first held in the town during this year’s general election campaign.

With May 7 just two weeks away, the hustings will be a crucial opportunity for residents to meet the candidates standing this year and to quiz them on any topic from economic policy to immigration.

Callum Delhoy, who is standing for the Liberal Democrats,said: “I have organised two myself in my political life and have always enjoyed myself and learnt a lot about the candidates.

“I have been told this one in particular invites hundreds of people historically so I’m looking forward to a great turnout!”

Michael Gerard, who is standing for UKIP, added: I am a big supporter of local hustings, and it is important that the community turns out in significant numbers as it is their chance to find out in greater detail what each party stands for and how the policies will affect the constituency, the local area and individuals alike.

“While I am passionate about the democratic process and want to see everyone exercise their right to vote, it is vital for voters to familiarise themselves with the policies of each party in order to make an informed decision prior to casting the vote, and attending a hustings is one way to achieve this.”

Steve Whiffen, who is standing for the Green Party, said: “We may represent specific political parties with published manifestos but I think the character and the quality of the candidates are vital in choosing someone to be an MP.

“I used to attend church hustings events in my local area and it helped shape my political views and my vote.”

The hustings will be held on Monday, April 27 at 7.30pm in the Methodist Church in Golding Close near Daventry Leisure Centre.

All members of the public are welcome. For more details on the upcoming parish and district elections, turn to pages six and seven.