Rutland and Melton parliamentary candidates to face General Elections hustings

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Candidates vying to become Rutland and Melton’s next MP will face a grilling at a hustings event being held at Oakham’s All Saints Church.

The hustings - organised by Churches Together in Oakham - will be open to the public and will be held on Wednesday, April 29 from 7.30pm.

The meeting, anticipated to last about an hour-an-a-half, will be chaired by Oakham Team Ministry’s Team Rector Canon Lee Francis-Dehqani.

Mr Francis-Dehqani said: “This will be the third General Election hustings that we have hosted at All Saints Church. The meetings in 2005 and 2010 were both very well attended.

“The Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat, UKIP and Green candidates have all indicated they will attend. It is a public meeting and all are welcome - there is no need for tickets.

“On the last two occasions the church was pretty full. We will ensure that the local PCSO officers know it is happening but there will be sidespeople to keep order.”

He added: “On the night there will be a brief opening statement and then we will turn to questions. These are to be submitted in advance to election@oakhamteam.org.uk and should be submitted by Monday, April 27.

“We will take questions on any subject relevant to this election, local or national, and we will only select questions that can be addressed to all candidates.

“A small group of us will select the questions and there will be an opportunity for supplementary questions at the meeting under my chairmanship.

“As this meeting is organised by Churches Together in Oakham there will be a natural priority given to questions that concern the local faith communities.”