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Chair hoping hustings event will create election buzz in Lichfield

The chair of Lichfield’s hustings event has said he hopes the night will have created a “buzz” in the community.

Canon Pete Wilcox. Pic: Nick Brickett

Canon Pete Wilcox. Pic: Nick Brickett

Canon Pete Wilcox marshalled the four candidates as they took questions on areas such as the planned high speed rail link, the economy and education.

And the turnout – which saw the Emmanuel Christian Centre at Nether Stowe packed with constituents – made the event worthwhile.

He explained:

“As I said on the night, I think the turnout speaks volumes for the health of local democracy in Lichfield – good numbers in attendance and vigorous engagement with the candidates but without ever degenerating into personal abuse.

“A good hustings event helps the people present to make up their minds how to vote and I’m sure some of that was happening at Thursday night.  But an exceptional hustings event also affects people who are not present, by creating the sort of ‘buzz’ in the community that mobilises the electorate to exercise their vote. I’m also hopeful that – together with the event at Speakers’ Corner – it is something the hustings  night has also contributed to.  If so, Churches Together in Lichfield will have served its constituency well!”

See more of Nick Brickett’s photographs from the hustings event below:


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