This evening I went to an election hustings to hear the five candidates standing in the Brighton Pavilion constituency. I have been to many such events over the years but I have to say that tonight’s hustings was far and away the best, most up lifting of all the ones I have attended.
This meeting was organised by the Calvary Church in Viaduct Road, and chaired by the Minister of the Church, Philip Wells.
The five candidates, from left to right (politically, not in the photo!) were Caroline Lucas (Green), Purna Sen (Labour), Chris Bowers (Lib Dem), Clarence Mitchell (Conservative), and Nigel Carter (UKIP).
What made this meeting different was that the usual partisan crowd were not there. When they are present, they tend to cheer their hero and barrack their opponents. Tonight the audience listened with respect, the candidates spoke with great sincerity and with not inconsiderable humour. The…
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