The NHS, Adult Social Care, Brexit and more were passionately discussed in great depth at a Shrewsbury & Atcham Constituency General Election hustings event, which was hosted by Shrewsbury Business Chamber.
About 250 constituency voters from across the political spectrum attended the ‘open’ meeting at Shrewsbury College and were able to put their questions to the five candidates: Daniel Kawczynski (Conservative), Hannah Locke (Independent), Dr Julia Buckley (Labour), Julian Dean (Green)and Nat Green (Liberal Democrat) in a lively but good natured debate that was facilitated by well known financial services commentator Ed Marshall from Kingsland Wealth Management.
With 20 days to polling day, the candidates were looking to make a good impression to voters in what could be considered to be a critical election in shaping the country for generations to come.
Whilst national issues around Brexit and the NHS were discussed, many of the audience were keen to hear each candidates positions on local issues including the state of adult social care, the Future fit hospital debate and the need for more local initiatives to address the Global Climate Emergency.
In responding to questions about what they would do to support businesses in Shrewsbury, candidates outlined their proposals which included upskilling the work force; providing bursaries for training and helping to improve the digital infrastructure.
With some young voters in the audience, candidates were also questioned on what they would do to support young people if they were elected. The candidates acknowledge these as the future of the country who need support and investment. Increases to the living wage, reductions in income tax for lower earners and free bus travel to under 25 were all considered.
Val Edwards, Chair of Shrewsbury Business Chamber concluded the night by thanking everyone who was in attendance and Shrewsbury Colleges Group for hosting the meeting. She added ‘’The Chamber was pleased to organise this event as part of our annual programme which promotes Shrewsbury as a business centre, and the importance of local businesses to the community.’’
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