MP debate kicks off this weekend

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The much-anticipated Great Nelson Weekly MP Debate takes place this Sunday after being delayed due to Covid-19.

The event marks the final chance that candidates of the four major political parties will get to spar ahead of the election on October 19.

Editor Charles Anderson says the debate is unique in that it is not just a podium for candidates to stand on and deliver their platform.

“Instead we structure it so each candidate can challenge and be challenged on the points they make. This can put them on the spot rather than on the tried and true campaign slogans we are all familiar with.”

The debate, which is hosted by The Workshop on New St, also gives a different atmosphere to all other candidate events.

“Politics and pubs is a tried and true combination that we think gives voters in Nelson a much better idea of who they might be picking on election day.”

The criteria for being included in the debate were political parties who are currently in Parliament, while also polling above 5% in national polls. There are six other local candidates who are also running.

While the Workshop has limited space and is first in first served, the event will also be livestreamed to the Nelson Weekly’s Facebook audience – allowing anyone around the region, country or world, to tune in.

People are invited to send in their questions to [email protected] or message our Facebook page.

The Great Nelson Weekly MP Debate will be held at The Workshop on October 4 at 7.30pm. Entry is first come first served, though bookings for meals can be made.