Parliamentary hustings to be held at Keele University

Picture of two students walking on the outside of the Chancellor's Building

Posted on 15 April 2010 Members of the public and university students will have the opportunity to question candidates for the Newcastle-under-Lyme constituency at parliamentary hustings at Keele University.

The event, organised by Keele University Students’ Union, will be held on Friday, April 30, at 7:30pm. It will focus on the future of higher education, but there will also be an opportunity to debate local and national political issues.

Prospective parliamentary candidates Paul Farrelly (Labour), Robert Jenrick (Conservative) and Nigel Jones (Liberal Democrat) have already confirmed their attendance. UKIP candidate David Nixon declined to attend.

The hustings, which will be held in a Question Time format, will be the last time the candidates will meet in open discussion before the election on May 6.

The event organiser, Students’ Union Vice-President Democracy & Communications Nick Heath, said:  “This is a brilliant opportunity to see politics in action and for students and local residents to directly question their future parliamentary representative.”

The event will be held in the Westminster Theatre and will be open to all members of the public. Questions and topic for debate can be submitted before the event by emailing,  joining the Facebook group ‘Newcastle-Under-Lyme Parliamentary Hustings’ or tweeting @keelesu