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Kent general election: Hustings events for Rochester and Strood, Gillingham and Rainham, Chatham and Aylesford, and Canterbury

A series of general election hustings are set to be live-streamed on KentOnline.

With just weeks until voters go to the polls, we’ll bring you coverage from four constituencies across the county.

Voters will get the chance to ask questions of the candidates. Stock image
Voters will get the chance to ask questions of the candidates. Stock image

First, we’ll be in Medway on Monday, June 17, for back-to-back debates, with candidates standing in three seats putting themselves up to be quizzed.

Two nights later we’ll be in Canterbury, where parliamentary hopefuls will attempt to win over voters.

The KM Group and KMTV have teamed up with the Universities at Medway and Maxim PR to present the Medway hustings at its Gillingham campus, with free parking at the Drill Hall car park.

Doors open to the Pilkington Building at 5.30pm, with the first hustings, for the Rochester and Strood constituency, starting at 5.45pm.

After an hour, it will be the turn of candidates for Gillingham and Rainham to face the voters, before the final session at 8.15pm, for the Chatham and Aylesford seat.

So far, three candidates from each of the Lib Dems, Greens and Labour have confirmed their attendance, with two of three Reform UK candidates also booked in.

Conservative hopefuls Kelly Tolhurst and Nathan Gamester have said they will not be taking part in hustings during the campaign, while Rehman Chisti has yet to respond to an invite.

However, Canterbury’s Tory hopeful, Louise Harvey-Quirke, will be among the candidates at the Canterbury Christ Church University hustings on Wednesday, June 19.

She will be joined by Labour’s Rosie Duffield, Henry Stanton from the Green Party, Lib Dem Russ Timpson, Luke Buchanan-Hodgman from the Social Democratic Party, and Reform UK candidate Bridget Porter.

The event will take place at Augustine Hall in Augustine House from 7pm, with a drinks reception before at 6.30pm.

There will be a box to submit questions on the night, or they can be sent in advance to corporatecommunications@canterbury.ac.uk by Tuesday, June 18.

The events in Medway and Canterbury will both be live-streamed on KentOnline.

Tickets are free but must be booked online in advance.

To attend the Medway hustings, click here.

For tickets to the Canterbury hustings, click here.

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