The five-way fight for the South Holland and The Deepings parliamentary seat sparked lively debate at a hustings organised by the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian.
John Hayes (Conservative), Matthew Mahabadi (Labour), David Parsons (UKIP), George Smid (Liberal Democrat) and Dan Wilshire (Green) shared a platform at the South Holland Centre last night in a Question Time style debate flawlessly chaired by our reporter Winston Brown.
Editor Jeremy Ransome explained to the 200-plus audience that local newspapers are politically impartial.
Jeremy said: “We try to be as neutral as possible – we try to give everybody a platform.”
The unflappable Winston demonstrated that neutrality throughout the night with a deft, firm but fair approach – and the evening closed with audience members approaching the stage praising him for a fantastic job.
• For a full report and more pictures from the hustings see Tuesday’s Lincolnshire Free Press.