Leeds politicians and voters gather for pre-General Election debate
The ‘hustings’ event, where election candidates have the opportunity to address their potential voters, will take place at the University’s Northern Terrace building in the city centre from 10.30am-12pm. Places are free and can be booked at https://hustings2015.eventbrite.co.uk.
On the panel will be:
- Tim Goodall, Green Party, Leeds North West
- Fabian Hamilton, Labour, Leeds North East
- Greg Mulholland, Liberal Democrats, Leeds North West
- Paul Spivey, UKIP, Elmet & Rothwell
- Ryan Stephenson, Conservative, Leeds East
The presentations will be followed by a question and answer session from the audience.
Dr Paul Wetherly, Reader in Politics at Leeds Beckett and organiser of the event, said: “It can be argued that Britain’s two-party system, dominated by the Labour and Conservative parties, came to an end in 2010 with the formation of a Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government. Although Labour and the Conservatives remain the biggest parties, so that either David Cameron or Ed Miliband will become Prime Minister after the General Election on May 7, polls suggest neither party is on course to win an overall majority – another coalition is likely.
“Since 2010, the political landscape has been transformed by the collapse of Liberal Democrat support in the polls and the rise of so-called ‘insurgent’ parties on the right and left – UKIP and the Green party. Thus there are now arguably five main parties contesting seats in England. All five of these parties will be represented at our ‘hustings’ event, with candidates from constituencies in Leeds.”