The Cambridge Hustings for the 2019 General Election

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The event was very interesting and there were a lot of people there. It was interesting though that most of the people were adults. We were the only children that I saw. This perhaps shows that adults are more interested and involved in Politics.

There were six candidates running to be the MP for Cambridge, including Daniel Zeichner who is the Labour MP at the moment. The Brexit candidate Peter Dawe turned up in a cloak which was very surprising – it was actually an academic gown. He hardly talked about Brexit and mostly talked about green issues. The Liberal-Democrat candidate (Rod Cantrill) and Daniel Zeichner seemed to have very similar views on things like climate change and Brexit. What was interesting was Daniel Zeichner said that he would always vote to stay in the EU even though the country had voted to leave in the referendum. He was able to justify this by saying that the people who had voted for him knew he would vote in this way and he was following the views of the people in Cambridge. Although Jeremy Corbyn seems to be a very unpopular Labour leader Daniel Ziechner said he was a good man and the Labour party policies would be good for the future.

There were some interesting questions from the audience about our relationship with the EU when we leave. The SDP candidate Jane Robinson was surprising because she was very similar to the other parties like the Liberal-Democrats except on Brexit which the SDP believes is a good thing and should happen because the people voted for it. The Conservative candidate agreed with this and said that Britain would be able to do very well in trade and the economy when we left as we would not be tied by their rules anymore. The Green candidate was obviously supporting green issues but as so many of the others were also supporting green issues he didn’t seem to have an issue that was unique to him. Maybe this was because environmental issues are very popular in Cambridge and so all the candidates were strong on this.

I certainly learnt a lot about the different ideas of the different parties and how a debate or hustings is run. It was good to see many people involved in politics.

Written by Luke

(Ed: the Scouts also interviewed four of the candidates for their upcoming podcast)