THE election ‘hustings’ season 2015 in is in full swing, with bitter debates both at and about the events.

It kicked off with the Lancashire Telegraph ‘Question Time’ at the Thwaites Theatre, Blackburn.

Darwen got its turn last night, with the town’s Christians Together group holding a debate at the Central United Reformed Church for eight candidates.

Ribble Valley’s eight-way contest will have seen seven ‘hustings’ by May 7.

Tuesday saw seven of the eight candidates at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School.


Burnley will have one definite encounter for its five would-be MPs at the town’s college on Monday at 7pm, organised by local churches. Discussion are continuing for two more.

Pendle has three - one on April 21 at the ACE Centre, Nelson, and another on the 23rd at the Little Marsden Parish Centre. Tory candidate Andrew Stephenson is unable to attend the third on the 22nd at the Ace Centre.

After disagreements between candidates, Hyndburn seems set for three.

The first will be at Accrington and Rossendale College on Tuesday, April 28 at 2pm; the second at St Christopher’s CE High School at some point in the following two weeks, and the final confrontation on Tuesday, May 5 at Haslingden Library Rossendale and Darwen’s hustings programme is under negotiation.

April 23 sees a debate at the Central URC while the are are plans for a Rossendale Christians Together debate on April 23 and one at Rawtenstall Cricket Club before the end of the month.

Blackburn’s programme includes the Asian Image debate on April 24; Blackburn Cathedral on April 27; and Age UK on April 22.