General Election Hustings in Sidmouth: first reports

Last night saw the final parliamentary hustings taking place in East Devon:

General Election Hustings in Sidmouth: Friday 6th December – – the candidates –

General Election Hustings in Sidmouth: Friday 6th December: five out of six candidates to attend

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Here’s a photo plus comment from one attendee:

“Standing room only at All Saints church in Sidmouth for final hustings. 150 people, lots of questions. Democracy in action.”

Standing room only at All Saints church in Sidmouth for final hustings | Phil Goodwin | Twitter

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And more comment and photography from another attendee:

Getting ready for #Sidmouth hustings | John Loudoun | Twitter

 

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With extracts from a short report from another attendee here:

“… the large audience who attended the hustings at All Saints Church Hall, organised by the Vision Group for Sidmouth.

The Tory candidate, Simon Jupp, had agreed to be there, but withdrew at the last minute, citing an alternative commitment to appearances at late-night shopping events at Sidmouth and Budleigh Salterton that evening. Mr Jupp’s agent’s letter, courteously read out by Vision Group’s Peter Murphy,who Chaired the meeting, prompted loud guffaws from the floor.

All candidates acquitted themselves well… “

“I am the only candidate who can win this seat from the Conservatives”, Claire Wright tells packed hall at Sidmouth hustings | East Devon Watch

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There has indeed been a lot of comment from other constituencies which have been missing key candidates at hustings:

“Local hustings are a pillar of local democracy. Every local resident should have the right to ask all their candidates questions and hear their views.”

General election: Anger as Boris Johnson refuses to attend his own constituency hustings | Independent

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Meanwhile back in East Devon, the Conservative candidate made clear on Twitter that he was busy attending other events last night:

Feeling festive in #BudleighSalterton for another fantastic late night shopping event | Simon Jupp | Twitter

Brilliant atmosphere at #Sidmouth late night shopping | Simon Jupp | Twitter

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One of the independent candidates also has very busy Twitter and Facebook accounts, also with lots of comment:

The last hustings is tonight in Sidmouth. Here are a few highlights from the last event this week in Cranbrook | Claire Wright | Facebook

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Here is a final photo from the Sidmouth hustings on the Sidmouth Community Facebook pages:

Definitely conspicuous by his absence at the Sidmouth hustings tonight | Deborah Parsons Moore | Twitter

Just seen this… | Paul Lascellesn | Twitter

 

   
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