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Candidates agree to head-to-head debate ahead of election

Location for hustings event in knife-edge marginal seat will be announced on the day, due to heightened security

26 May, 2017 — By Alina Polianskaya

Independent candidate Tim Lord will be among those taking part in the Cities of London and Westminster hustings on May 30

ELECTION candidates contesting a knife-edge marginal seat will go head to head in a debate days before the vote.

Westminster North candidates Karen Buck and Lindsey Hall are attending hustings organised by the London Jewish Forum on Tuesday June 6. The debate will be held at a
 location that will only be announced on the day because of heightened security.

Labour Westminster North candidate Karen Buck 

Hustings for the Cities of London and Westminster constituency candidates will be held in Cheapside on Tuesday May 30. The seat, held by Mark Field since 2001, has always returned a Conservative candidate since it was created more than 50 years ago.

An independent candidate, Tim Lord, has won the backing of the President of the Soho Society. Leslie Hardcastle said the 25-year-old, who lives in Soho, would do “what is right for our community”.

Mr Hardcastle, a former controller of the BFI’s National Film Theatre, said: “It’s rare that someone so willing to speak truth to power can also be so genuinely friendly. But that’s Tim to a T. We’ve worked together on Soho neighbourhood issues for years. I trust Tim to do what’s right for our community.”

Conservative Westminster North candidate Lindsey Hall 

Mr Lord is standing on an anti-Brexit ticket and said: “I want to give my fellow constituents a meaningful vote and voice that will be heard in Westminster.

“Our MP is unable to speak for us on what we care about most. We have to get Westminster listening to the people of Westminster.”

The Cities of London and Westminster hustings begins on Tuesday at 1pm-2pm in St Mary-Le-Bow, Cheapside.

For more details about the Westminster North hustings see: www.thejlc.org/westminsternorth

For the Cities’ event see: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hustings-tickets-34569833302?aff=erelexpmlt

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