Fylde candidate impressed with election hustings turnout


CONSERVATIVE Parliamentary Candidate Mark Menzies said the number of people who attended the Fylde hustings at the weekend proved that interest in politics was not dead.

The event at the St Annes United Reformed Church on Friday night saw five of the seven candidates face off to debate a number of topics put forward by the organisers, Fylde Churches Together, and some of the 150 members of the public who attended.

Northern Party hopeful Elizabeth Clarkson and Independent Mike Hill failed to attend.

Following the event, Mr Menzies, who is standing for re-election on May 7, said: “It is always good for members of the public to see where each of the candidates stand on a wide range of subjects so they can make an informed choice at the ballot box having had the chance to question us all in an independent and unbiased forum.

“Some of the topics covered included shale gas and climate change, pensions, progress on the moss road in Lytham St Annes, slavery and torture, and human rights and immigration.

“These are put forward by the various churches with members of the public then given the opportunity to ask questions on issues surrounding those overarching topics.

“Having spent the last five years working on many of these issues in Government I was able to answer many of the questions people had and I hope they found my input helpful.

“However, all the candidates who attended gave a good account of themselves and we had a useful and robust debate which showed the stance each of us would take on a range of different issues.

“I was delighted to see so many people at the hustings. It was standing room only in the church hall which hopefully shows people still have a keen interest in politics in their area.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Rev Glyn Eatock who organised and chaired the meeting and ensured the event was fair to each of the individual candidates who attended.”

Churches Together has hosted the traditional Fylde hustings at each General Election for many years and it is the definitive candidates’ debate for the area.


PICTURE: Mark Menzies at Fylde hustings on Friday night

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