POLITICS: General Election Question Time Coming to Grand Parade

Wednesday 29th of April 7.30pm-9.30pm
Sallis Benney Theatre, Grand Parade

Wednesday the 29th of April sees an exciting opportunity for students to pick the brains of those attempting to win our votes for the forthcoming General Election on May 7th. The Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics is delighted to welcome candidates from the four main parties contesting the Brighton Pavilion constituency to debate a number of key issues prior to the election, in the aim of persuading students that they and their party will prove best suited to represent their interests in the new government.

The Candidates

Caroline Lucas (Greens) Pictured above

Current Member of Parliament for Brighton Pavilion, the sole representative of the Green Party, having been elected in 2010 with a 31.3% share of the vote. Contested Member of the European Parliament for the South East of England from 1999-2010. Former leader of the Green Party of England and Wales, from 2008-2012. Recent opinion polls suggest that Lucas is on course to retain her seat in parliament with around 38% of the popular vote.

Purna Sen (Labour)

Deputy Director of the Institute of Public Affairs at the London School of Economics, who has taught in adult, further and higher education. Chair of the board of the Kaleidoscope Trust, working with LGBT activists, and member of the board of RISE, providing services on violence against women in Brighton. Recent opinion polls suggest that Sen is second in the popular vote, polling around 28%.

Clarence Mitchell (Conservative)

Former BBC News correspondent and presenter, who worked for the Cabinet Office and Conservative Campaign Headquarters during the 2010 General Election campaign. Head of Media, EMEA (Europe, the Middle East & Africa) for Burson-Marsteller, a global Public Relations firm. Recent opinion polls suggest that Mitchell is third in the popular vote, polling around 21%.

Chris Bowers (Liberal Democrats)

Tennis commentator and biographer of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Author of Nick Clegg’s biography and environmental campaigner. Lewes District Council councillor from 2007, and founder of the Environmental Transport Association in 1990. Recent opinion polls suggest that Bowers is fifth in the popular vote, behind UKIP candidate Nigel Carter, on around 5%.

The Issues

The event is open to students to submit their own questions on concerns important to them, whilst a number of key issues concerning the university and student living have been decided to provide a clear view of the respective candidates’ views, including the following:

Which political party best represents the interests of the university?

Are you worried about the future of the National Health Service?

Is more austerity a political necessity?

Should students pay fees?

Is there really a crisis of immigration?

Should Britain leave the EU?

All students and staff of the University are welcome to attend.

If you would like to ask your own questions at this event, or for further information, please contact Mark Devenney on md17@brighton.ac.uk.

The Verse Staff

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