General Election 2017: What the Ludlow candidates said about – immigration

What about immigration? Would you have targets? Those were the questions asked by Eric Smith on Radio Shropshire during last Wednesday’s live husting. You can hear the debate online.

For the Conservatives, Philip Dunne said the party’s targets had been missed but would be easier to meet once we leave the EU. Lib Dem Heather Kidd said the NHS would grind to a halt without migrant workers and many farms couldn’t operate. Hilary Wendt for the Green Party highlighted the contribution migrants make in taxes and to our society. Labour’s Julia Buckley said the economy would slow down without immigration.

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General Election 2017: What the Ludlow candidates said about – farming

Should farming continue to receive government funding? That was the question asked by a Radio Shropshire listener during Wednesday’s live husting. You can hear the debate online.

Labour’s Julia Buckley emphasised diversification and encouraging small farmers. Philip Dunne for the Conservatives said support would continue until 2022. Liberal Democrat Heather Kidd emphasised support for small and upland farms, and protection of the countryside. Green Hilary Wendt said farmers should be paid to protect the landscape and biodiversity, and help combat climate change.

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General Election 2017: What the Ludlow candidates said about – Brexit & EU nationals

This article is a summary of comments made by the four candidates for the Ludlow constituency in the three hustings hosted by BBC Radio Shropshire and St Laurence’s Church. The candidates discussed Brexit and whether to hold a second referendum. They set out their party’s positions on those EU nationals who live and work here after the UK leaves the European Union.

Labour and the Lib Dems say EU nationals in the UK will have a right to stay. The Greens and Conservatives say it will be down to negotiation.

The Greens and Liberal Democrats want a new referendum on the final Brexit deal. Labour see Brexit as contractual negotiation. The Conservatives think they have strong leader to negotiate, with MPs having the final choice on which EU rules get retained in British law.

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General Election 2017: What the Ludlow candidates said about – themselves

At the St Laurence’s hustings last night, the candidates were asked to introduce themselves. My notes are on what the candidates said about themselves not the statements they made on their party’s ambitions, track record and leadership. You can hear the candidates’ full statements on the audio recordings.

(My apologies that the recording quality occasionally has background noise, including a mobile phone and someone bumping into my sound recorder!)

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Husting, Husting, Husting – Ludlow’s three in a row

It won’t have escaped your notice that there is yet another election next Thursday. As with many general elections, local voices are being drowned out by the battle between party leaders and the media hysteria over what this or that leader has done, or might do, and whether they turn out for TV debates.

For us in Ludlow, we need an MP who can deliver for us locally. We need to hear the voices of our candidates. We fortunately have had the opportunity to hear our four Ludlow candidates at two hustings hosted by BBC Radio Shropshire. There is a third husting tonight (Friday 2 July) at St Laurence’s Church, 7pm to 9pm.

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