An election hustings with all of the parliamentary candidates for the Grantham and Stamford constituency will be held at St Wulfram’s, to give as many people as possible the chance to ask questions.
Churches Together in Grantham and District have decided to hold the hustings at St Wulfram’s, starting from 6.30pm on Sunday, May 3.
It will be an opportunity for members of the public to hear what each of the candidates have to say, and to put questions to them.
Declared so far are current Conservative MP Nick Boles, Barrie Fairbairn of Labour, Harrish Bisnauthsing for the Liberal Democrats, the Green Party’s Aidan Campbell, and Marietta King for UKIP.
Chairing the hustings will be rector of St Wulfram’s, Father Stuart Cradduck, who is looking forward to taking on the Dimbleby role, and to opening the church up to more people for the event.
He said: “We want to use St Wulfram’s a lot more publicly, and this is a unique occasion for the community to ask any questions they want. And it will be frank and open.
“St Wulfram’s is a building that has been around for a long time, and it is all about people getting greater ownership.”
Father Cradduck noted that it was a bigger venue than those used previously for the hustings, enabling more people to attend.
He added: “The format will be each of the declared candidates will get a chance to speak for a few minutes. It will then be open to questions, both from the floor and some previously submitted. A bit like Question Time,” he said.
“The important thing is that everyone will be given freedom to make their opinions - I will not be censoring,” he said.
“It think it is going to be an interesting election, and it is important for Grantham to be involved and voters to be well-informed.”
Questions for the hustings can either be submitted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to Parish Office, St Wulfram’s, Church Street, NG31 6RR. Please include your name, and the deadline is May 1.