Fri 1 Nov 2019 10:09AM

Mock hustings for Nick Coates, LibDem candidate for North east Somerset

MB Mark Baines Public Seen by 158

I am running a 'mock hustings' at my office at 18.00 on Thursday 7th to rehearse Nick, challenging him and ensuring he has all the answers and is fully prepared for the real thing. I need several people to join my team and ask searching and awkward questions. Please let me know if you would like to come.


Alice Hovanessian Sun 3 Nov 2019 12:49PM

All good points. As Bath for Europe, we can't support a particular party or candidate, but we can only point people to the tactical voting websites and encourage them to support the remain supporting candidate most likely to win in each constituency. We aren't in a position to influence party messaging, and there are a lot of messages we will disagree with I am sure, but they have their own advisers and polls which determine how they argue their points. We remainers have to be the progressive alliance and vote for the parties most likely to win in each area, as advised by the websites, as we did before quite successfully. As individuals independent from Bath for Europe, we should campaign for whichever party/candidate we think think has the best chance in a particular constituency, although we have to be careful not to split the vote of course. I think it's safest for us to trust the research undertaken by organisations like Best for Britain, but maybe we should wait for a few more assessments by other websites before we make up our minds.


Mark Baines Mon 4 Nov 2019 10:54AM

Thank you all for your comments. I will put them in front of Nick on Thursday.


Mark Baines Mon 4 Nov 2019 10:55AM

#AlisonBorn yes please - do ask Winston.


Alan Richard Champneys Tue 5 Nov 2019 9:42AM

Q. If in the run up to the election it became clear from polling that labour had a better chance of unseating Jacob, would he step aside to avoid splitting the remain vote?


Alison Born Tue 5 Nov 2019 3:44PM

Hi Mark, Winston is able to come so will see you on Thursday.


Jane Riekemann Wed 6 Nov 2019 10:03AM

There’s a huge amount of discussion ( mostly negative) about the recent poll that seems to suggest LDs ahead of Labour in NES. Many LDs have thought it dodgy ( me too) and he will need to address this and be open and transparent in his response ( sorry - not a question). Even Layla Moran’s been carefully critical of it.