Candidates clash at Welwyn Hatfield Times election hustings

RESIDENTS packed the University of Hertfordshire’s Forum venue last night as the six candidates vying for your vote on May 6 clashed.

Grant Shapps (Con), Mike Hobday (Lab), Paul Zukowskyj (Lib Dem), Jill Weston (Green), David Platt (UKIP) and Nigel Parker (Ind) fielded questions from the 250 strong audience on a range of subjects, including housing, the future of the QE2 Hospital, incineration, fox hunting and higher education.

The meeting was covered live by on our website at

News editor Chris Lennon provided a running commentary of the proceedings, while online users also joined in the debate.

To replay our live feed from the evening, go to our homepage and click on the election hustings: recorded live section.

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In a snap poll, conducted during our live coverage, Mr Hobday most impressed with 59 per cent of the vote. Mr Zukowskyj came second with 18 per cent and Mr Shapps came third with polled 14 per cent.

For a full report of the meeting, see this week’s Welwyn Hatfield Times, out tomorrow (Wednesday).

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