Lively debate at Free Press and Guardian hustings

Pictured at the hustings are (from left) editor Jeremy Ransome, Matthew Mahabadi, John Hayes, George Smid, David Parsons, Dan Wilshire and debate chairman Winston Brown. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG230415-201TW
Pictured at the hustings are (from left) editor Jeremy Ransome, Matthew Mahabadi, John Hayes, George Smid, David Parsons, Dan Wilshire and debate chairman Winston Brown. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG230415-201TW
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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.