IT WAS heated and noisy at points but The News’ election debate in Gosport showed people do care about their area.
The four representatives from the Conservatives, Liberal Democrats, Labour and Ukip were questioned on their histories, politics and what they had to offer.
And at times the audience at the Thorngate Halls, in Bury Road, vocally let them know they didn’t agree. At one point early on, Cllr Keith Gill turned on someone interrupting, saying: ‘Why don’t you shut up and sit down?’
Moments later an audience member asked the panel how the electorate could trust politicians.
Conservative Cllr Mark Hook answered: ‘Councillors of all parties want to do the best for Gosport. I have no problem with anyone that wishes to stand against my party because they would want to do the best, too.’
And Lib-Dem Cllr Peter Chegwyn claimed that away from the political cut and thrust, many of them get on. He said: ‘When we do knock one another, the people who are sick of us get even more sick of us. Rather than talk down to people we should listen to people.’
Labour’s Cllr Dennis Wright said his party sends out surveys but gets little back, saying: ‘We need to work together as a body – how often do we have meetings like this?’ Ukip’s Tim Apps said politicians are there to represent.