Hartlepool’s would-be MPs set for hustings debate

The hustings will gather together all the general election candidates for Hartlepool.
The hustings will gather together all the general election candidates for Hartlepool.

The candidates vying to become Hartlepool’s next MP can be taken to task about their plans and policies at a hustings next week.

All nominees in the running for the General Election will be taking part in the debate ahead of the June 8 vote.

Green Party candidate Michael Holt. Picture by FRANK REID

Green Party candidate Michael Holt. Picture by FRANK REID

The debate will be open to all, with audience members invited to submit questions before the discussions begin, and then seek further answers once the talk gets under way.

The event has been organised by Michael Holt, who stood as a Green Party candidate in the 2015 election, but the party has not put forward a candidate on this occasion.

The panellists will be Conservative Carl Jackson, Labour’s Mike Hill, Liberal Democrat Andrew Hagon and UKIP’s Phillip Broughton.

Michael, who helps recruit students to Cleveland College of Art and Design, will chair the session and decided to put together the event following on from one held for the Brexit referendum last year.

All the candidates are looking forward to taking part.

Michael Holt

He said: “There have been hustings held by the BBC and by the colleges, but I thought there should something going for the public of Hartlepool and I’d organised the one for the EU last year, so I put this one together.

“The doors will open at around 7pm and people will be able to submit their questions, then I’ll take a look with the agents for the candidates so that different areas are covered and we can put forward the most interesting questions which will get interesting answers.

“My job will be to guide the debate.

“All the candidates are looking forward to taking part.

Carl Jackson, the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Hartlepool.

Carl Jackson, the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Hartlepool.

“The candidates will also stick around afterwards, so there should be an opportunity for the people of Hartlepool to speak to them.”

Michael added people should attend on time to avoid missing out on a seat.

The room at the Raglan Quoit Club in Stuart Street can hold up to 200 people and anyone can attend on the night.

The event will be held on Friday, June 2, and the debate is expected to come to a close at around 10.30pm.

Phillip Broughton is standing for election for UKIP in the General Election.

Phillip Broughton is standing for election for UKIP in the General Election.

A bar will be available.

A Facebook event page has been set up for the hustings and can be found at https://tinyurl.com/kor3ajo.

Mike Hill, Labour's 2017 General Election candidate. Picture by Andrew Dorrian.

Mike Hill, Labour's 2017 General Election candidate. Picture by Andrew Dorrian.

Andy Hagon Liberal Democrat General Election 2017 candidate for Hartlepool

Andy Hagon Liberal Democrat General Election 2017 candidate for Hartlepool