Response to the Spalding Guardian Election 2015 hustings has been overwhelming.
Nearly half of the 300 seats available in the South Holland Centre auditorium have now been booked, with 135 tickets allocated within hours of them first being made available to the public on Tuesday.
So far the event, which is taking place on St George’s Day, April 23, has a line-up of the current MP, Tory John Hayes, UKIP’s David Parsons and Labour’s Matthew Mahabadi.
We are awaiting confirmation from the Liberal Democrat candidate, George Smid, who has been out of the country, and other parties who have yet to announce their candidates have shown interest in attending.
Matthew Mahabadi said: “It’s great to see so many people are engaging locally on this – and St George’s Day is the perfect date for people to experience some lively debate on what matters to them. I’m really looking forward to it.”
David Parsons said: “It’s a magnificent idea of the Spalding Guardian to do this. I’d encourage as many people as possible to come along because we need to revitalise democracy.”
John Hayes is also delighted with the response. He said: “Being a local person who has been involved in many campaigns across the district I relish the opportunity to engage on a whole range of issues that affect South Holland.”
Residents unable to attend the event need not worry – the Spalding Guardian will be accepting questions for candidates that can be emailed in to be asked on the night.
Tickets, limited to four per person, can be acquired from the South Holland Centre booking office by calling 01775 764777. Doors will open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.