General Election 2019: Hertford & Stortford constituency hustings at St Mary’s Church, Ware
Written by Mickey Gocool on 11th December 2019
General Election 2019: Passion and policies as candidates address Hertford and Stortford voters’ concerns
The Recording of Saturdays Husting will be aired tonight at 7PM on East Herts Radio CIC
Teen Voice UK co-founder and Labour activist Josh Dean gives his impression of Saturday’s Hertford & Stortford constituency hustings at St Mary’s Church, Ware, which featured Green Party candidate Lucy Downes, Liberal Democrat Chris Lucas and Labour’s Chris Vince. The seat is also being contested by UKIP’s Alistair Lindsay, Conservative Julie Marson and Independent Brian Percival.
Organised by Damien Scully, with support from the campaign group We Are Hertford, people were given the opportunity to put questions to their candidates for the seat of Hertford and Stortford.
In attendance were Chris Vince for the Labour Party, Chris Lucas for the Liberal Democrats and Lucy Downes for the Green Party. Julie Marson, the Conservative party candidate, was unable to attend and declined an invitation to send a surrogate in her place.
Chaired by teacher Nick Dennis, the hustings were characterised by a positive atmosphere and good-natured debate between the candidates.
At no point did the discussion devolve into loud disagreements, or heckles from the crowd, which certainly could not be said for the youth hustings held in Bishop’s Stortford last week.
Each of the candidates stuck closely to their manifesto promises but spoke with real passion for their communities.
Lucy Downes drew on her local knowledge, having grown up in the constituency, while both Chris Vince and Chris Lucas spoke about their experiences as teachers, particularly under the last few years of Tory rule.
While Brexit featured heavily in the debate, residents also posed questions to the candidates on issues such as education and tuition fees, the economy, the NHS and our voting system.
In a debate where each of the candidates sought to differentiate themselves from one another, it was striking just how much each agreed on. It was a reminder to many that there was more that united progressive parties than divided them.
All six candidates will be taking part in the hustings in Bishop’s Stortford on Tuesday (Dec 10) at the Baptist Church, Twyford Road, this time with Julie Marson in attendance.
There is no doubt that, with Conservatives in the room, the nature of the debate will be quite different. With just a few days to go until Thursday’s election, each candidate will be vying for every vote they can get.