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Geldards hosts the first Chamber Hustings event

The Hustings PanelA lively discussion took place yesterday at the first of the Chamber’s series of five election hustings, which was hosted by law firm Geldards on Pride Park.

A broad cross section of the business community quizzed political representatives from the five main parties on a range of issues affecting their firms in the run-up to next month’s General Election.

The panellists were Chris Williamson (Labour), Amanda Solloway (Conservative), Lucy Care (LibDem), Sue MacFarlane (Green), and Barry Cooper (UKIP).

The event allowed business leaders to compare and contrast their differing perspectives and measure how closely aligned their priorities are with the Chamber's own Business Manifesto.

The representatives explained their respective positions on issues such as housing, the planning system, devolution, and nurturing Derby’s reputation as a hi-tech city.

There was general agreement on a number of issues from a business perspective. However, HS2 revealed distinct differences between some panellists regarding its cost, location, and necessity, with others responding that Derby’s expertise through its extensive rail supply-chain would stand to benefit.

The Chamber continues its programme of General Election Hustings next Thursday at Experian in Nottingham.