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Chamber Holds Fifth and Final Hustings in Leicester

The fifth and final Chamber business election hustings event took place at De Montfort University’s Faculty of Business and Law in the centre of Leicester yesterday evening.

Both the panel and our audience were diverse and engaged, with businesses joined by students and academics staff from Leicester’s two universities, leading to a range of penetrating questions about the economy and education as well as coalition government and local devolution of powers and spending.

The panellists were Alberto Costa (Conservative), Chris Kealey MBE (Labour), Nimit Jethwa (Green Party,George Smid (Liberal Democrats) and Peter Stone (UKIP)

The event allowed business leaders and academics to compare and contrast the differing political perspectives of the candidates and their parties.

The representatives explained their respective positions on a wide range of topical issues and responded to incoming questions on how accountable a coalition government should be for broken electoral promises, devolution and increased powers for local communities, a little known fact that Student loan repayment were also a tax break and, last but not least EU membership.

All candidates spoke well, by both representing their parties and what they as individuals had to offer if elected.