General Election 2015: Clwyd West candidates grilled at Colwyn Bay hustings

Reporter:

Dean Jones

CLWYD West parliamentary candidates were put through their paces at a hustings in Colwyn Bay.

All seven candidates appeared at the event, which was held on Wednesday, April 22 at Rydal Penrhos School, and over 100 people turned out to quiz the MP hopefuls ahead of next months General Election.

Plenty of topics were brought up at the event, which was arranged by Colwyn Bay’s Amnesty International group, including the living wage, corporate tax dodging, the impact of increasing SNP influence on Wales and the abolishment of the human rights act.

Viv Smith-Franks, of Amnesty UK’s Colwyn Bay branch, said: “There was a brilliant turnout and it was great to see so many young people from the school take part.

“Hopefully this has given people a clearer indication of just what each candidate is offering, and we also handed out envelopes so people could highlight their particular areas of concern, which will be delivered to the winner of the Clwyd West seat after the election.”

Plaid Cymru candidate Marc Jones, said: "It was a lively meeting with a good turnout of young and old - all engaged in the political process. I hope the meeting helped them decide how to vote."

Also taking part in his first hustings was 22-year-old Rory Jepson, of the Above and Beyond party, who received praise from Socialist Labour candidate Bob English.

“As a single issue candidate, he had to devise his own answers to the substance of each question from scratch, whereas the likes of myself can prepare by structuring an answer to give which is consistent with our official party line,” added Mr English.

Also in attendance were Labour candidate Gareth Thomas and the Conservatives David Jones, Liberal Democrat hopeful Sarah Lesister-Burgess and UKIP candidate Warwick Nicholson, who all revealed they were spending the majority of their time canvassing throughout various areas of the constituency in the run-up to the May 7 election.

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