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University hosts general election hustings for Brighton Kemptown seat

As the 8 June general election approaches, the University of Sussex, the Students' Union and the Institute of Development Studies are preparing a series of hustings events involving local candidates.

A hustings event is a meeting where election candidates or parties debate policies and answer questions from the audience.

The first event will focus on the Brighton Kemptown constituency and take place on Wednesday 17 May from 6pm to 7.30 pm in Fulton B lecture theatre. Doors open at 5.30 pm.

The three candidates and representatives attending this Wednesday event are:

  • Lloyd Russell-Moyle (Labour)
  • Joe Miller, representing Simon Kirby (Conservative)
  • TBC (Liberal Democrats)

There will be an opportunity during the evening for the audience to ask questions when invited to do so by the Chair - Will Singh from the University’s Debating Society.

Vice-Chancellor, Adam Tickell, said: “I’m looking forward to welcoming Brighton Kemptown candidates, students, staff and members of our local community to our first General Election hustings event this evening.

“It’s always exciting to see democracy in action and we’ll be doing all we can over the coming weeks to make it easier for people to engage in the democratic process.”

University of Sussex Student’s Union Welfare Officer, Grainne Gahan, said: “This is a super exciting opportunity for students living in Kemptown to hear from their local representatives, and get involved in shaping the politics in their local area!

"It is really important to ask questions and make sure that the student voice is heard in local and national politics!

"Don't forget you've got until the 22 May to register to vote, it only takes five minutes!”

If you are attending the event and wish to submit a question beforehand, please use the box on the Eventbrite form when you book your place. A selection of these questions will be put to the candidates on the evening.

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By: Sean Armstrong
Last updated: Wednesday, 17 May 2017