Church gives local people a chance to grill their major party candidates

Election Forum in Bradley Stoke on Sunday 12th April 2015.

From healthcare to the economy, crime and employment – residents from Bradley Stoke and the surrounding areas will get the chance to quiz some of their local parliamentary candidates on the issues that matter to them at an election forum on Sunday 12th April.

Local candidates from the five main political parties will be taking part in a hustings event at Bradley Stoke Community School from 7.30pm to 9pm, hosted by Bridge Community Church.

To make the event more accessible, people are being offered the opportunity to submit their questions online beforehand. Questions will also be taken from the audience on the evening itself.

Dotun Olowoporoku of Bridge Community Church, Bristol.

Hosted by local businessman and Bridge Community Church member Dotun Olowoporoku, the forum will give people in the community a chance to meet Conservative candidate Jack Lopresti, Labour candidate Ian Boulton, Liberal Democrat candidate Peter Bruce, Green Party candidate Dr Diana Warner and UKIP candidate Ben Walker and hear their views on major issues that are important to people living in the Filton and Bradley Stoke constituency.

Host Dotun said:

“Being able to have a meaningful debate like this is so exciting because, here in the UK, our democracy, with all its flaws, is far more mature and sophisticated than the democracy in Nigeria, where I was born.”

“The candidates will answer questions on areas which are important to us locally. Issues such as jobs, education and immigration don’t just affect our individual lives but our life as a community and nation.”

“We want to use our vote wisely and want to hear what each party has got to say before we make our decision.”

The hustings is being hosted by Bridge Community Church and supported by local churches Christ the King in Bradley Stoke and St Chad’s in Patchway.

Dotun continued:

“This election forum will give local people a chance to meet their local candidates and make an informed opinion about who can best represent their views locally. It’s also an opportunity for the candidates themselves to hear the beliefs and views of their constituents so that they can hopefully go some way to representing them nationally.”

To pre-submit your question, visit

To find out more, call the office at Bridge Community Church on 0117 230 3330 or email

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This article originally appeared in the April 2015 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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