St Chad’s played host to an election debate on Friday 30th April in which four prospective parliamentary candidates subjected themselves to questions from the public.
The evening was supported by the Kirkby churches of all denominations and was a great way for residents to listen and decide about which way to vote.
It was a brave decision by the candidates to enter into this sort of debate and all four did so wholeheartedly. The debate helped bring democracy alive in the town. It is not the churches’ place to tell people which way to vote, but all of us want to encourage residents to weigh up their options and to cast a vote.
Liam Fogarty has good experience of how to hold the ring in political cut and thrust from his time with the BBC and he did so expertly here. Debate was lively both on the platform and from the floor. It could have descended into a shouting match but never did. Despite one or two technical difficulties for which St Chad’s apologises, the evening went as hoped and is a model for future elections, local and national.
There are five candidates standing in Knowsley. National church advice is that it would be in contradiction to our charitable objects as a church to provide a platform for the British National Party and it was for this reason that only four candidates were invited to take part in this event. Click here for links to that advice (pdf file, opens in a new window).