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LibDems support wind power on the BBC's Any Questions and Any Answers

May 7, 2014 10:49 AM
Originally published by Rutland & Melton Liberal Democrats

Ten members of the Rutland and Melton local constituency party attended the live broadcast of Any Questions on the 25 April at Casterton Business and Enterprise College, Rutland. Chaired, as usual, by Jonathan Dimbleby it was an entirely political panel that evening with Baroness Olly Grender representing the Liberal Democrats. MPs Dan Jarvis (Labour), Grant Shapps (Conservative) and Tim Aker (UKIP) were the other panel members.

Issues addressed in questions to the panel included wind power and the Ukraine crisis. Olly Grender spoke well and we were proud to be Liberal Democrats. Of all the panel members she was the only one who gave unequivocal support for wind power. MPs Dan Jarvis and Grant Shapps 'hedged their bets'; although Dan Jarvis took the opportunity to remind everyone that it was David Cameron who had promised to be the greenest party and had spoken of having a wind turbine on his house. Tim Aker (UKIP), despite, in an earlier response, highlighting the danger of dependence on imported Russian gas, gave a tirade against wind power.

We were very pleased to meet with Olly Grender after the broadcast and some members had the opportunity to challenge other panelists about issues raised especially alternative energy which is strongly supported by local member Professor John Twidell who managed to express his views the following day on Any Answers.

Of concern to us, especially in the light of the forthcoming EU elections, was the evident support for UKIP in the audience. There is no room for complacency!

It was an interesting and enjoyable evening and we now look forward to a future broadcast in July from Uppingham.