Sheffield Hallam rivals to go head to head

Election candidates standing in one of the most closely watched seats in the country will go head to head in The Star's exclusive debate.
Election candidates standing in one of the most closely watched seats in the country will go head to head in The Star's exclusive debate.
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Election candidates standing in one of the most closely watched seats in the country will go head to head in The Star’s exclusive debate.

The event in March is the only election hustings that current Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg will take part in with other hopefuls, in Sheffield.

Nick Clegg

Nick Clegg

Readers will also be able to send in their questions to put the candidates in the hot seat before what has been described as the biggest election for a generation.

Mr Clegg said he wanted to talk about the ‘real issues that affect local people’ as well as the personalities

He said: “I relish debate because I am proud of my record and I think it is important that everybody had a chance to really think about the choices in this general election - there is a lot to say.”

There are currently five other candidates confirmed as standing in the seat.

Labour candidate Oliver Coppard, who was the first candidate to be announced, said: “It is great that Nick Clegg has finally agreed to a debate in Sheffield.

“It is important that the people who have been so let down get the opportunity to see him held to account, to hear the ideas of their potential future MPs and see them go head to head and challenge each other.”

Peter Garbutt, the Green candidate standing on May 7, said: “I am delighted to be able to have this debate because the people of Sheffield Hallam deserve to have the full knowledge of all the candidates at their fingertips.”

Conservative candidate and businessman Ian Walker added: “I’m very much looking forward to all the debates and all the hustings coming up coming up over the next few months to be able to put forward that it is time for change in Hallam and that we can have more integrity and authenticity.”

Independent candidate Carlton Reeve said: “It’s great that the Star has organised this important debate, it’s a terrific opportunity to see the differences between the candidates and how they might represent the people of Sheffield Hallam.”

Student Joe Jenkins, the most recent candidate announced, will be standing for Ukip.

He said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to get together and really debate the issues of the day and I’m hoping it will expose some of the weak aspects of the other candidates, especially the governing parties.”

The debate is planned for March in Sheffield.

To send your questions in for the candidates, email ellen.beardmore@thestar.co.uk.

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