OVO hosts General Election debate with Bristol West candidates
We hosted our third hustings debate in as many years this week. After the success of our 2015 General Election and 2016 Bristol Mayoral Election hustings, we invited the main candidates in the running to be the next Bristol West MP ahead of June’s General Election to OVO HQ.
At OVO we like to cut through complex issues and processes and make things simple for our staff and customers. As part of being a great employer in Bristol we also like to engage in topical debates that are going to impact the future of our business and our local community.
Left to right: Mike Norton, Thangam Debbonaire, Molly Scott Cato, Annabel Tall, Stephen Williams
That’s why we invited our staff, their friends and family, our local customers and Bristol Post readers to our Rivergate office to hear from those in the running to be our next local MP. We heard from sitting Labour MP Thangam Debbonaire, former MP and Lib Dem hopeful Stephen Williams, Green MEP for the South West Molly Scott Cato and Conservative candidate Annabel Tall.
The debate was chaired brilliantly by Bristol Post Editor Mike Norton who ensured they were challenged on their party policy and personal politics. Before the event, we asked the 200+ attendees to vote on the top three areas most important to them, which then formed the discussion topics for the evening. Healthcare came out on top, then energy and the environment followed by housing.
Labour’s Thangam Debbonaire affirmed her support for party leader Jeremy Corbyn, having previous publicly said she had “no confidence” him. Stephen Williams said the Liberal Democrats weren’t dead despite 2015’s poor performance. Molly Scott Cato thought the Greens could win, despite trying hard and failing in 2015. And Annabel Tall said only the Conservatives, the bookies outsiders in the race, was capable of leading the country through the tough Brexit negotiations in the coming years. Topics covered included funding for the NHS, energy price caps, Trident and housebuilding and teacher numbers in Bristol.
We live streamed the debate on Facebook so you can watch it back in full below if you missed it!
All eyes on June 8th!