Local people were given the chance to quiz Melksham’s parliamentary candidates at a special ‘Question Time’ debate in the town last week.
The debate was organised by Melksham Seniors’ Forum who have expressed delight at the positive community response to the hustings.
Seniors’ chair Brian Warwick said, “The debate was absolutely fantastic, and we’re delighted with how it went. 108 people turned up and were spread well across all ages, which was very pleasing to see.
“We didn’t have time to get through all the questions, but discussed issues including the NHS – interestingly there was an overwhelming vote in favour of paying more tax to preserve the health service. We also discussed plans to sell off social housing, Trident, poverty, and the electoral system.
“The audience participation really made the debate much better, and I’ve had lots of positive feedback saying that the two hours went too quickly, that the venue was fantastic, and that the candidates were very articulate and engaged.
“We would have liked to have seen more young people but I understand it clashed with a busy time before exams.
“The Seniors would like to thank everyone who took part in the debate, and the Melksham United Church for hosting it, and to the Tourist Information Centre for their help.”
The Chippenham constituency is being fought for by Duncan Hames, Michelle Donelan, Andy Newman, Tina Johnston, and Julia Reid. The election will be held on Thursday 7th May.