Bury St Edmunds Parliamentary candidates have been speaking at a number of events in the town as the general election nears.
St Benedict’s Catholic School has invited candidates from each major party to chat with students and the the first to to be grilled was Labour candidate William Edwards, who faced the students’ questions last Friday.
After a short introduction, the pupils took the lead, asking piercing questions on whether MPs should have a second job, whether the link between the Labour Party and trade unions had broken down and what he would do for the young people of Bury St Edmunds if elected.
Following the presentation, Mr Edwards said: “I was very impressed with the level of knowledge these young people have shown. One hears about youth apathy and it’s the complete opposite here.”
Three Parliamentary candidates from the UK Independence Party (UKIP) spoke to a crowd of more than 50 people at Bury’s Athenaeum on Wednesday night and tackled questions about immigration and the European Union.
John Howlett, Parliamentary candidate for Bury, emphasised UKIP’s position as ‘something different’ to the main political parties and its intention to hold a referendum on the EU.
He was followed by Suffolk candidates Mark Cole, who addressed immigration, and Steven Whalley, who explained the party’s plan to protect agricultural land in the placement of new housing developments.
The guest speaker was eurosceptic author and academic, Professor Stephen Bush. Mr Howlett said: “We think ‘left’ and ‘right’ in politics are going by the board as we’re getting support from across the spectrum.”
The other parliamentary candidates for Bury are Jo Churchill (Conservative), Dr Helen Geake (Green) and David Chappell (Liberal Democrats).