Lincoln students to quiz parliamentary candidates at hustings event

An election debate for students at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln will be held next month.

Lincoln’s parliamentary candidates will go head to head in the hustings event at The Venue on Monday April 13 at 6.30pm.

Conservative candidate Karl McCartney, Labour candidate Lucy Rigby, Liberal Democrat candidate Ross Pepper, Elaine Smith for the Trade Union and Socialist Coalition and Helen Powell from Lincolnshire Independents are all attending the debate.

Tony Wells will stand in for UKIP’s parliamentary candidate Nick Smith.

Chairing the hustings will be Roger Mosey, Chair of BGU’s council, a former Editorial Director of the BBC and now Master of Selwyn College, Cambridge.

The event is open only to students.

“We’re very pleased to have secured all the major parties for this debate, which is a fantastic opportunity for students in Lincoln to put questions to the people who want to represent them after the election,” said Chris Robertson, President of BGU’s Student Union.

“I hope we can inspire an interest in the political process and encourage more students and young people to use their vote on 7th May.”

The Lincoln Debate, the main debate in the city organised by The LincolniteLincolnshire Echo and BBC Radio Lincolnshire is set to take place on May 4.

All the candidates announced so far will be attending — except MP Karl McCartney, who requested a change of date, venue and presenter. The organisers were unable to meet his demands and will be going ahead with the debate as planned.

You can sign up here to register your interest in attending The Lincoln Debate on May 4, which will also be broadcast live on radio, and also on video on The Lincolnite and Lincolnshire Echo websites.