19 May 2017
In the words of General Election hustings organiser the Stratford Herald, the 270-strong audience greeted Green Party candidate Dominic Giles with a “warmer response” for his “succinct and honest approach” than they did Nadhim Zahawi.
In fact, the sitting MP couldn’t raise a single round of applause in over 2¼ hours of debate, which became very heated towards the end.
By contrast, Giles had residents positively engaged with his knowledge, insights and opinions on everything from democracy to food banks, the NHS, Brexit and education.
A practising teacher with 25 years’ experience, he was able to spell out the crisis that the Tories’ education plans and budget cuts would pose to schools and universities. Topics the audience clearly care passionately about.
While the Conservative was claiming the figures were based on ‘proposals’ the government was ‘consulting on’, not final policy, the audience responded with calls of ‘liar’. On balance, it was a bad night for Zahawi, but at least he turned up to debate with the other parties.
For a recording of the hustings, visit https://www.stratford-herald.com/70639-live-video-watch-the-heralds-general-election-hustings-at-stratford-artshouse.html.
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