|Which of the above will become out next MP (Skipton and Ripon Constituency)? |
L to R: Julian Smith (Conservative), Alan Henderson (UKIP), Andy Brown (Green Party), Malcolm Birks (Labour), Jacqueline Bell (Liberal Democrat)
See end for videos on questions of Nature Conservation; Defense; Low Pay-Poverty trap; Introductory talks
|Sally Waterson, The Secretary of Churches Together in Settle and District |
greets one of the candidates - Julian Smith
|Our church is next to the Settle Carlisle Line|
|The church is beginning to fill up. There were eventually over 140 people|
It was interesting and we learned a lot.
I wish more of the questions had said "How do you / does your party propose to deal with.....
rather than rather than just "What are your views on.." .. because for many of the social issues brought up all/ or nearly all could express concern.. e.g. about poverty, about housing.
One question asked by Althea (a Mothers Union question) was - what were their opinions on the way children and young people are exposed to adult issues through the press and internet.
(It was interesting that this point came up again at Churches Together Big Breakfast the following morning, when the headmaster of Giggleswick School talked about his school and pressures on young people - he showed a mobile phone/table and pointed out that young people don't have a private life... and this can in some cases cause mental stress...
And here am I blogging far more than usual.)
I shall add a little more to this post later.. must do some practical work now. Thanks for reading
And a big thank you to ALL the candidates for coming and for putting the work into standing for election.
Videos coming shortly