MEMBERS of the public will have a chance to quiz the candidates standing to be the MP for Newbury at a hustings in Thatcham on Monday, December 2. 

The event will be held at Thatcham Baptist Church, Wheelers Green Way, and starts at 7.30pm.

The church minister David Taylor, chairing the hustings, said he plans to have ‘as broad a range of questions as possible’.

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He had been accepting questions in advance from the public, but will ‘probably not be accepting any more’. Although, there will be an opportunity for people to ask questions from the audience. 

The hustings will last for two hours and end at 9.30pm promptly. 

The church first held a hustings two years ago. Mr Taylor said: “It went well, so I thought let’s do it again.

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“We have a really nice hall for something like this. It’s a chance for people to engage with the process.” 

Last week in Newbury, the candidates answered questions at a hustings organised by West Berkshire Green Exchange. 

The Newbury constituency covers most of West Berkshire, including Thatcham and Hungerford. 

The candidates are: Laura Farris, Conservative; Lee Dillon, Liberal Democrat; Steve Masters, Green; James Wilder, Labour; and Ben Holden-Crowther, Independent.