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On the Rochford & Southend East election hustings (Bell Vue Church)


I like to leave a little space between a debate and giving my thoughts on how they went.

Partly, that’s related to my attempt to more widely document such debates, by recording and publishing them. As I discussed with fellow local politics blogger John Barber recently, I think my own views and commentary should remain separate from the actual recording itself, so that people can make their own minds up.

But also, I do like to digest what I’ve witnessed, to give a more thoughtful analysis (Some may disagree on that point -Ed). To that end, getting on for five days later, let’s take a look at the Rochford & Southend East hustings on Wednesday 22nd April 2015, held at Bell Vue Baptist Church.

The first thing I’d like to say, before looking at the candidates, is how well hosted I thought it was. The candidates were mic-ed up, it was all clear and audible, and the questions were wide-ranging and challenging. The evening was, in total, attended by somewhere between 100-150 people, if I had to guess. Most even lived in the constituency, I believe.

If you haven’t had a listen yet, I implore you to do so before reading my own views. Make your own mind up.

Read on…

LISTEN: Rochford & Southend East parliamentary hustings 22/04/15

(Note: This is an ambient recording, and as such won’t always be fantastic. Luckily, Bell Vue made their own recording of the microphone feed. So if there’s bits of this which are inaudible, try listening to theirs.)

Rochford & Southend East general election candidates 2015

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Nominations for the general election next month closed yesterday at 4.00 p.m., and the following is the list of the persons have been confirmed by Southend Borough Council as being nominated for the constituency of Rochford & Southend East.

The election takes place on May 7th, and the deadline to register to vote is 20th April.

Meet the candidates…

The Lib Dems choose their candidate for Rochford & Southend East

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It’s deja vu all over again.

Back in January, I blogged about the lack of, basically, any Lib Dem candidates in Southend. A few days later, a candidate miraculously appeared in the form of former Southend Borough Councillor Paul Collins. A few days ago, I blogged that despite being less than 40 days out from the general election, there was still no candidate for Rochford & Southend East.

Well, surprise surprise, they have now picked a candidate. Step forward Peter Gwizdala. Though, probably, your local party would rather you didn’t.

Read on…