Election candidates face questions at hustings

Parliamentary candidates Kelvin Clayton, Edward Morello and Claudia Sorin answer questions from the audience (photo by Tracey West)

THREE of West Dorset’s parliamentary candidates stood up to a wide range of questions from about 70 residents at a General Election hustings in Lyme Regis.

Held at The Hub on Sunday evening, Uplyme resident Rene Wyndham chaired the panel of Labour candidate Claudia Sorin, Liberal Democrat Edward Morello and Kelvin Clayton of the Green Party. Conservative candidate Chris Loder was unable to attend.

The candidates offered their policies and ideas on local, national and global topics, including the climate and ecological crisis, Brexit, electoral alliances and tactical voting, the rising cost of housing and lack of long-term job prospects locally, cuts to community policing, drugs and youth crime, inadequate early years education and mental health provision.

Lively discussions continued for over two hours in a friendly and constructive atmosphere.

The organiser Belinda Bawden thanked everyone for turning out on a wet evening and those who donated food and refreshments, which were sold to raise funds for Lyme Regis Food Bank, the One Planet Working Group and The Word Forest Organisation.

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