As the General Election race heats up, a range of hustings events have been organised to give people a chance to hear more from the people who could be their MP.
Pupils from across Rutland took part in a lively debate held at Oakham School on Tuesday.
Four of the parliamentary candidates for the Rutland and Melton constituency, Sir Alan Duncan (Con), Alastair McQuillan (Green), Ed Reynolds (Lib Dem), and Richard Billington (UKIP) attended.
James Moore (Lab) was invited but did not attend and Marilyn Gordon (Ind) was also not there.
The audience was made up of pupils studying politics and those with an interest in politics from Oakham School, Rutland County College and Uppingham School.
Also in the audience were candidates for Oakham School’s mock election, which is currently underway and will culminate the day before the real election on May 7.
A wide variety of issues were covered with candidates quizzed both on their plans for the area, and on their party’s plans for the whole country.
The topics included how the parties intended to repay the country’s debt, whether the parties intended to spend enough money on the NHS, what their position is on the EU, migrants and Trident, as well as what can be done to keep up a belief in the political system.
Another event for the Rutland and Melton seat will be held at Oakham’s All Saints’ Church on Wednesday at 7.30pm, hosted by Churches Together in Oakham and chaired by Oakham Team Ministry’s Team Rector Canon Lee Francis-Dehqani.
A hustings event for the South Holland and the Deepings seat was also held on Tuesday hosted by Deepings Churches Together and another was due to be held last night hosted by the Mercury’s sister title the Lincolnshire Free Press.
Tonight the candidates vying for the Stamford and Grantham seat will be grilled at an event at Bourne Grammar School at 7pm, chaired by Mercury editor Mark Edwards. The event is open to all.
There will also be another for the Stamford and Grantham candidates on Friday, May 1 at Trinity Methodist Church in Stamford, at 7pm for 7.30pm start, hosted by the Rev Canon Donald Gray.
l On May 7, there will also be elections for Rutland County Council, South Kesteven District Council and town and parish councils. Turn to page 40 for details on the SKDC candidates in our area.