Current Conservative Party MP Sir Roger Gale will be joined by Labour’s Frances Rehal, Ukip’s Piers Wauchope, the Green Party’s Ed Targett, and George Cunningham for the Liberal Democrats. Mr Everett said:
“We’ve got a central location and because we’re a church it brings a certain amount of impartiality. It means people in our town can come along and hear the candidates, so they can make an informed decision about who to vote for on May 7. We don’t think the church and politics should be completely divided. Much of what we believe will inform us how we vote as Christians.”
He said the topics for the debate will be set by pre-submitted questions, so each candidate gets a fair hearing without any public speakers dominating the proceedings. Each party will be given four minutes to present their case, followed by the question and answer session, and ending in each party getting a chance to briefly sum up. Mr Everett added:
“I think there will be questions on both local and national issues. I suspect we will get questions about the nation’s finances, and how the money is going to be spent, and questions about the personal character of each candidate. People would like to get to know them all a bit more, and to see what they stand for. I think having a good MP who will represent our interests on the national stage is really important. There are some big changes and developments coming our way in Herne Bay.”
The event at Christ Church will begin at 7.15pm on Monday, April 27. To submit a question email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to: The Parish Office, Underdown Road, Herne Bay, Kent CT6 5NR.
To find out more information or to attend visit www.parishofhernebay.org.uk
Herne Bay Gazette, March 26th 2015