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Questions to election candidates

25th April 2010 @ 11:11am – by Audlem Webteam
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It will not have escaped the attention of some Audlem Online readers that there is a General Election in the offing.

The team who run Audlem Online have been considering what, if anything, to do about it – we believe that it is no part of our function to debate or comment on the political issues of the election itself.

This would in any case be difficult because the small editorial team represent in themselves a broad spectrum of opinion. So it was decided to contact the candidates for the Eddisbury parliamentary seat, and ask them to respond to a series of questions relating to specific local issues.

CandidatesThe candidates for the Eddisbury seat are: Charles Dodman, UKIP Pat Merrick, Labour Stephen O'Brien, Conservative Robert Thompson, Liberal Democrat

The result in the 2005 General election was
Stephen O'Brien (Conservative) 21,181
Mark Green (Labour) 14,986
Jo Crofty (Liberal Democrat) 8,182
Steve Roxborough (UKIP) 1,325..

QuestionsThe questions put to each candidate (necessarily worded slightly differently to the sitting MP), were:-

1. If elected as MP for Eddisbury, what would you do for Audlem?

2. Rural areas appear to have been somewhat neglected in recent years. If (your party) was elected, how might that change?

3. We are already getting reports of big cuts in Primary Care Trust budgets. What is your view of these cuts?

4. Hankelow has now been added to the Eddisbury constituency. Are there any issues there that need addressing, and how?

5. If there was one key message you want to get across in Audlem, what would it be?

Audlem Online will publish the various candidates' responses to these questions as they come to hand. We start tomorrow, with sitting MP Stephen O'Brien.

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