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Any Questions in Uppingham

July 22, 2014 11:48 AM
Originally published by Rutland & Melton Liberal Democrats

A group of some 14 members with friends and family attended the BBC Any Questions? at Uppingham School on Friday 18 July on a very hot summer's evening. The panel consisted of Patrick McLoughlin (Secretary of State for Transport and MP for Derbyshire Dales), Molly Scott Cato (newly elected Green MEP for South West England), Maxine Aldred (Development Manager for the Federation of Small Businesses in Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland) and Hilary Benn (Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and MP for Leeds Central). Obviously we regretted the lack of a Lib Dem voice on the panel. However, it was a lively evening with 5 questions being asked and we had the satisfaction of 2 of these coming from our group. Sam Asplin asked a most pertinent question about who would benefit most from the week's cabinet reshuffle - Women or David Cameron? Mary Twidell was given the final slot and asked the panel about their summer holiday reading. The other questions covered the Malaysian Airways disaster in Ukraine, Trade Unions, and Lord Falconer's bill on Assisted Dying. The last question elicited substantial discussion which was reflected on Saturday in Any Answers? which, most unusually, covered that one topic only.

It was another interesting evening and we strongly recommend that members take advantage of being part of an audience when the programme is in their locality.