Harlow’s candidates face grilling in General Election Question Time

Elections / Thu 20th Jun 2024 at 08:08am

ALL the candidates for the General Election faced questions as part of the Question Time special held at Passmores Academy on Wednesday night.

Questions ranging from Education, Housing, Crime, Planning, Israel, Health, ULEZ and many more were asked in a two hour session.

The two hour film is below. We will be breaking it down into issue sized pieces over the next few days.

The candidates were:

Hannah Ellis (Cons)

Chris Vince (Lab)

Riad Mannan (Lib Dem)

Yasmin Gregory (Green)

Malcolm Featherstone (Reform UK)

Mark Gough (UKIP) Standing in for Lois Perry

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23 Comments for Harlow’s candidates face grilling in General Election Question Time:

Mr Grumpy
2024-06-20 09:21:36

There is only one party I will be voting for and their colour is not Blue, Green, Red or Yellow.

J. Goddard
2024-06-20 09:30:49

So, so funny the substitution was too!

Herbert Thompson
2024-06-20 11:59:46

I think was good Grilling on Question all seem to have all different opinions about the best situation for Harlow what they should be saying try and get more business in Harlow and lower the rents for a year to attract more shop owners to the empty shops in the town area.Would be a start who ever gets in.

2024-06-20 12:32:43

Anyone voting for anything but reform has been asleep since1997, labour, cons, lib dems have destroyed this country.

2024-06-20 13:19:56

I was at the question time last night , and the green party supporters were like a bunch of football hooligans, they should be ashamed of themselves. When the green party candidate spoke , which was much longer than the others , the audience politely listened without interrupting , but when the other candidates spoke, all there was was shouting and moaning , even calling the reform candidate a nazi. Don't they realise no one took them seriously. They are just a bunch of rude morons. They should have been kicked out. They are like a bunch of spoiled kids. And as far as being twinned with Rafah , that will stop the war won't it.

Staff Reporter
2024-06-20 13:35:49

FYI: They weren't Green Party supporters. We understand Socialist Worker etc...

Michael Szpakowski
2024-06-20 14:23:51

I love the idea that people at a hustings should just sit in awed and respectful silence while the racists of Reform and UKIP and the Tories who have brought us a cost of living emergency and have run to catch up in the bigotry stakes with their vile Rwanda plan hold forth! They're lucky they aren't in the 19th C when rotten eggs and fruit played a big role in hustings. TBH I thought many of us showed huge restraint. In universe of the morally dead from the neck up there's no room for anger in the face of genocide, racism, climate crisis, homelessness and food banks. Personally I'm proud to be angry - it means I'm alive and I give a damn!

2024-06-20 15:59:50

Staff reporter , I accept what you say, but they certainly backed the greens. This is a democratic country , and they should accept people's views even if they don't agree with them.

2024-06-20 16:25:41

If they don't like this counties ways , perhaps they should move to China or Cuba.

2024-06-20 16:26:49

That should be countries

2024-06-20 19:06:26

Yesterday Hannah praised the improvement in Harlow schools, today Stewards are reported as "requires improvement". Comment please Hannah

Riad Mannan
2024-06-20 20:13:07

As one of the candidates up there yesterday, I want to thank the Editor of Your Harlow for organising the hustings - it is good for the democratic process that we do this, and give everyone's opinions an airing. I also want to thank my fellow candidates for standing up too - it is not easy and it is not without apprehension, but we put our best foot forward and we gave it a go. I for one, hope I answered the questions with thoughtful consideration. As always, I am happy to continue the conversation and answer any further questions you may have. We will be at our stall in the town centre this Saturday from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm... come and say hello! Riad Mannan, Liberal Democrat Candidate

Nicholas Taylor
2024-06-21 07:08:12

I am afraid on this performance none of the candidates instilled me with any confidence that they would be able to represent Harlow in any meaningful way. In response to my question about how each Party would tackle the fact that over 600,00 homes are empty across the country at any one time, many owned by foreign investors, none gave any sort of answer other that Hannah who said they would do nothing. All Parties seem to think that building hundreds of thousands of homes, many on the Green Belt is the answer to the housing crisis, it isn't. In the long term it just compounds the problem, to the detriment of food production and the loss of public open spaces.

2024-06-21 07:51:25

The 3-word grading through inspection is vastly unfair and unsatisfactory and represents a rather rigid, dispassionate system. The situation e.g. for schools is different from each other and cannot be measured with the outcome of just one word. It's a nightmare for any establishment and, as we know, has brought tragedy with it. (With reference to the mention of Stewards School.)

gary roberts
2024-06-21 08:30:27

The Green party candidate answered the questions with integrity and confidence. The pledge to stop the right to buy council homes was particularly encouraging and relevant to the issue on housing. The Conservative candidate didn't answer my question and supplementary comment about policing. Was Halfon coaching her from the front row? The Liberal Democrat candidate delivered his answers well. The Reform and UKIP candidates spoke from the same hymn sheet that was focused on immigration. Mr Casey should be thanked for his handling of the process. Did it change my intended vote? No. I will vote for the Green party.

2024-06-21 08:49:22

Michael Szpakowski, the people referred to by Woody were an embarrassment. We come to listen to the candidates and not a gaggle of ill-mannered, uncouth morons. For those of us from the villages in this constituency, you and your unspeakable cronies represent the worst of Harlow. Your behaviour and comments are frankly appalling. You certainly would not be welcome guests at the Heath cricket matches or fetes where we expect a certain decorum. I doubt if any of you would even know how to prepare or sip a Pims. Most disconcerting that you do not know how to behave socially and imitate the crude terrorists you support . Finally, with regard to 19th century standards, you and your acolytes would have been given a damn sound horse whipping for your conduct... what!!

gary roberts
2024-06-21 09:03:30

I forgot the Labour party candidate. He put the policy agenda of the party on the issues raised but my complaint was, and continues to be, the standard of Starmer who I believe is a Conservative wearing a Labour badge. It would be different if Ms Rayner was the leader. The debate last night just confirmed my views.

2024-06-21 11:49:20

Gary Roberts. I am surprised you prefer Rayner when she bought her council home. Goes against your beliefs. The greens candidate can promise everything we could all possibly want , that's because she knows the greens have no chance of getting in power.

gary roberts
2024-06-21 12:14:58

Woody, yes you are correct it goes against what I believe as regards the selling of council homes but Ms Rayner has the background and core instincts of a socialist fighting to improve the lives of the many. And in any fight with Starmer the membership would back her over him because he lied to them.

Mark Gough
2024-06-21 13:24:10

Actually Nik, I wasn't given the chance to answer your Housing question. In 2015, UKIP were applauded by the Association of Chartered Surveyors for being the only Party who actually had a viable policy to tackle the Housing Crisis. Namely that we should be looking to build high quality Modular Housing. We continue to have this policy and extend it to Static Mobile Homes. A two bed Modular home would cost about £100k, making it accessible to those on the average wage in the UK of £26k. Furthermore, we would give grants for cleaning up contaminated brown field sites to make them viable for development. Mark Gough - UKIP

James Gamble
2024-06-22 10:12:54

Adam, I see your looney leader is not only trashing the EU which I would expect, he is also trashing our allies , NATO whom we will undoubtedly need if ever Russia was to attack the UK. Some leader he would make. I think he has spent too much time in the US with Trump.

Graham davies
2024-06-22 13:12:34

https://youtu.be/mfyiSk8Rjc8?feature=shared If you think Reform want the same as you. You're wrong.

Frank Jackson
2024-06-23 18:32:35

I asked a specific question that called for a simple "YES" or "NO" answer, which none of the candidates gave: Q. "Global spending on nuclear weapons in 2023 was $91 billion, a record, with all nine nuclear weapon powers increasing their spending. Do you believe this makes the world safer?" I added a supplementary question which was probably a mistake, as it took the focus away from the crucial point. If any of the candidates read this, would they please now make up for their omission.

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