Four prospective parliamentary candidates for Cambridge were invited by Long Road to take part in a hustings. Daniel Zeichner (Labour), Chamali Fernando (Conservative), Rupert Read (Green), and Julian Huppert (Lib Dem and current MP for Cambridge).
The candidates were asked what the top rate of personal taxation should be, how the country can be made more environmentally-friendly, what challenges the NHS faces, whether there should be a referendum on membership of the EU, whether the reforms to A levels were beneficial and whether cannabis should be legalised. Finally they were given 30 seconds to say why people should vote for them. In addition, Long Road Politics teacher, Philippe Harari, who chaired the debate, encouraged students to register to vote, if they had not already done so.
The event was lively and good-humoured, and we are very grateful to the candidates for attending and to UTC Cambridge for making their auditorium available for the hustings.
Photograph: Long Road students with the candidates (Rupert Read, first left, Julian Huppert, centre, with yellow tie, Chamali Fernando, on right of Julian, and Daniel Zeichner, back row first right with red tie).