Monday, 16 February 2015

Give 'em A Grilling

Have you heard? There's an election coming up! Apparently it's only 79 days away (at the time of writing).

The time has come for you, dear readers and Worcester Parkers to put your own questions to the candidates (for the Sutton, Cheam and Worcester Park constituency) and find out what the pretenders to the local throne actually have to offer and how the local outcome could affect the country.

The local hustings will be taking place this coming Thursday (19th February) evening at Christ Church with St Philip on the corner of Cheam Common Road and Ruskin Drive, KT4 8LG. The doors will open at 7:30 with debate raging from 8pm.

The last one of these, held at Sutton Sports Village, Rose Hill, in November (where these photos were taken) focused on the issue of health, and was well attended by over 80 people. (Labour's Bonnie Craven wrote all about it here.)

The theme of this coming Thursday's debate is issues surrounding the Economy.

Sutton, Cheam and Worcester Park is a very important constituency given it was only won by 1,608 votes back in 2010 by the Lib Dem incumbent, Paul Burstow. Given that the Conservatives (represented here by Paul Scully) only need to win another 23 seats for a Conservative majority, voters in Sutton, Cheam and Worcester Park could have a major say in who ends up in Downing Street in May.

The Lib Dems of course want to hold on to as many seats as they can, Labour's Emily Brothers has been carving out a strong niche for herself in the local area while Maeve Tomlinson (the Green party), Angus Dalgleish (Ukip) and Dave Ash (KOSHH - dedicated to saving St Helier Hospital) are all keen to make a big difference.

The hall has a capacity of 130 so seating will be on a first come, first serve (or first seat) basis. The debate is being chaired by Nick Hitchens, the Sutton Guardian editor (presumably stepping in for David Dimbleby who must be busy with a different debate elsewhere). Parking is fairly limited nearby so people are encouraged to explore public transport options - the 213 and 151 buses stop fairly nearby.

Come along and help shape the debate!