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ELECTION 2024: South West Herts candidates debate green issues in Croxley church hustings

 Published on: 26th June 2024   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

The pews of St Oswald’s Church in Croxley were packed earlier this week (Monday, June 24), as the venue’s eco team hosted a hustings event for the candidates hoping to become the area’s next MP.

A total of nine people are contesting the South West Hertfordshire constituency this year, with all of them hoping to convince residents to vote for them on Thursday, July 4.

They are Gagan Mohindra of the Conservatives, Alex Sufit from the Labour Party, Lib Dem Sally Symington, councillor Narinder Shah of the Green Party, Keith Steers of Reform UK, the SDP’s Michael McGetrick, Victor Silkin of Rejoice EU, Bernadette O’Malley of the Party of Women, and Ketankumar Pipaliya of UK Voice. All of the candidates were in attendance at the hustings.

As the event was run by the church’s eco team, a majority of the questions regarded environmental issues, with all nine having been paraphrased from a variety of questions sent in by residents. Due to the large number of candidates, each was given a randomly allotted answering order for each question, and then 60 seconds to respond.

The first four questions focused on issues such as the ongoing discharge of sewage into local rivers, managing housing developments, if net zero was in their party’s policy (and if so, how they were they planning to achieve it), and the subjects of biodiversity, single-use plastics and recycling.

The next four questions regarded immigration, public spending, taxation, foreign aid and management of the NHS. The final question, a slightly more tongue-in-cheek one, ask if the number of bars (eight) that currently exist within the House of Commons should be reduced in favour of a staff canteen. After this, all candidates gave a summary of their positions.

If you wish to view the hustings, St Oswald’s have stated that they will be uploading a recording of the event at this link within the coming days.

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