Second chance to grill Tatton election candidates


Wilmslow High School, which has an active politics study group and a number of first time voters, will be hosting a second debate for prospective candidates at the forthcoming General Election.

Members of the public are invited to attend the debate which will follow a TV Question Time structure and be hosted by one of their students. 

Teacher Andrew Ingram said "We are holding the debate at the same time as our mock school election. All Tatton candidates will be represented with the exception of George Osborne. However the Conservatives will be represented by Ben Jeffries, the candidate for Cheadle Hulme, as many of our sixth formers are from this area".

The debate will take place from 2pm to 4pm on Wednesday 21st April in the school hall and be followed by a further debate in the evening from 7pm to 9pm which is being organised by Wilmslow resident Dave Cash, enabling working voters from across Tatton to attend.

In the absence of George Osborne, due to a TV debate in London, the candidate panel for the evening will comprise of Sarah Flannery (Independent), Richard Jackson (Labour), David Lomax (Liberal Democrat) and Peter Mainwaring (Independent).

Dave Cash said "Without knowledge of the similar Churches Together meeting last Saturday, I thought the public mood was for more than TV leader debates, party political broadcasts, organised sound bites and a candidate leaflet through the letterbox. Despite George Osborne's reluctant absence, these meetings will give the voters of Tatton another opportunity to question and assess the other candidates in the middle of the campaign."

Questions will be selected from a range of topics and may be submitted in advance by email. The questioner should indicate which session they hope to attend and provide their postcode for validation.

Both sessions are open to the public and no booking is required as the hall can accommodate 300 people. 

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