Some background to the first two candidates of each of the main parties...
Richard Tice, Property developer. Party chairman. Founder, Leave means Leave. Says we can thrive and prosper under WTO rules.
Michael Heaver, Journalist and founder of Westmonster, a pro-Brexit website. Terms his ethnicity “milk bottle white” and claims there are “tons of burkas” on the streets of East London.
Geoffrey van Orden. Sitting MEP. Doesn’t say much in print about Brexit. Leads the EP group on relations with India.
John Flack. Sitting MEP. Suggests many formerly Remain voters have switched to Leave because of the political events since the referendum.
Emma Taylor. Engineer/scientist. Experience in large infrastructure projects. Expresses concern about losing access to €120bn of EU investment in research and development.
Neil Carmichael. Former CO MP for Stroud. Involvement in education reform, climate protection, engineering and robotics. Says the positive impact of EU enlargement is to be celebrated.
Robin Tilbrook. Party Chairman. Solicitor. Has initiated judicial action to try to assert that we actually left the EU on 29/3 and that the prime minister had no authority to seek an extension.
Charles Vickers. Party Treasurer. Retired finance director and management consultant. Praises the Gillet Jaune (sic) and claims that a bunch of unelected admins tell MEPs what to do.
Catherine Rowett. University lecturer in philosophy. Former Green Party parliamentary candidate for South Norfolk. Quiet on Europe.
Rupert Read. University lecturer in philosophy. Campaigner on climate change (participant in ExtinctionRebellion). Quiet on Europe.
Alex Mayer. Sitting MEP. Supports a second referendum. Says Brexit is a once in a generation catastrophe and that she will never back a deal that further deregulates the economy and undermines the rights of working people.
Chris Vince. Harlow district councillor and 2017 candidate for Chelmsford. Teacher. Quiet on Brexit.
Barbara Gibson. Herts county councillor. Global business consultant. Lecturer in international business communication. Says there is no form of Brexit that is as good for the UK as the deal we already have with the EU.
Lucy Nethsingha. Cambs county councillor. Teacher. When she stood in 2017 for SE Cambs, said she would fight for Britain’s future in the European Union and against Brexit which would damage to the Cambridgeshire economy.
Stuart Agnew. Sitting MEP. Farmer. Salutes the bravery of Tommy Robinson and says farmers need not be afraid of a No Deal Brexit.
Paul Oakley. General secretary and party spokesperson on immigration. Says remainers are forgetful and that many of them are a bit stupid. Says that Europe made us increase interest rates to 15% in 1993 in connection with the ERM (they actually fell from 15% in 1990 to 6% in 1993 during the UK’s participation in the ERM).
It was fantastic to see so many people crammed into the public halls for this event, held on Tuesday 14th May. Democratic engagement is alive and well in Harpenden! We noted down a summary of what each candidate had to say for anyone who couldn't make it on the night. You can download it below.
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