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Solihull candidates to clash

CANDIDATES standing in the General Election will clash not once, but twice, in the next seven-days.

CANDIDATES standing in the General Election will clash not once, but twice, in the next seven-days.

Residents have been submitting questions and the panel will be grilled on key issues like the economy, immigration, the environment and crime.

The first hustings will be held at Light Hall School and has been organised by Shirley Residents’ Association and Shirley Churches Together.

Lorely Burt (Lib Dem), Maggie Throup (Conservative), Sarah Merrill (Labour), John Ison (UKIP) and Neill Watts (SAMRA) have confirmed their attendance.

As well as the questions submitted over the past few weeks, candidates will also be put-on-the-spot by members of the audience.

Richard Wise, who is chairing the debate, said: “We think this is one of the most important general elections for the future of our country.

“Solihull is a hotly contested marginal seat, and the questions written in advance by Shirley residents are very searching.”

Shirley Question Time will be held at Light Hall School this Sunday (April 25), starting at 2pm.

And a few days later, there will be a re-match - with candidates invited to a General Election Forum at the Renewal Christian Centre.

The debate will be staged next Wednesday (April 28) from 7.30pm.

Interest in the events is likely to have risen following the live debates which are taking place between party leaders.

Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg took part in the second of three events last night.

Since the first clash, broadcast last week, support for the Lib Dems has rocketed - in the West Midlands they are up six per cent in the polls.

 

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