20th Apr, 2021

Students ‘empty chair' Conservative candidate for Stratford district

STUDENTS at Alcester Grammar ‘empty chaired’ Conservative General election candidate for Stratford district Nadhim Zahawi after he got his dates mixed up and couldn’t attend an election hustings at the school.

However David Passingham from the Green Party, Liberal Democrat Dominic Skinner and Labour’s Felix Ling were there in person, to answer questions from the students.

Mr Zahawi, informed of the questions beforehand supplied written answers, but they failed to make an impression on the students.

“On issues like support for mental health issues for young people it was clear that, compared to the Conservatives, the other parties would put far more money into this service,” said Caitlin Lilley, who as president of the school’s Politics Society had organised the event.

And the hustings helped sway her too: “I’m too young to vote but I was leaning towards Labour but also considering the Liberal Democrats.

“Howeverhaving heard the candidates it would be Felix Ling the Labour candidate who would get my vote.”

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