Election candidates to face grilling from business community

All five prospective parliamentary candidates for the Harrogate and Knaresborough constituency in May’s General Election will be facing the town’s business community on Monday night.

Harrogate Chamber of Trade and Commerce is holding an Election Call at the Old Swan Hotel on Monday, April 13. The candidates will introduce themselves to the business community, before facing questions on a wide range of issues which are important to business leaders.

The candidates are Helen Flynn (Liberal Democrat), Andrew Jones (Conservative), and Shan Oakes (Green), David Simister (UKIP) and Jan Williams (Labour).

Chamber chief executive Brian Dunsby said: “There are numerous issues facing businesses in Harrogate at the moment, from business rates and taxes to the availability of employment land, and frustration with local traffic and transport.

“As well as finding out the candidates’ views on these topics, our Election Call is a great opportunity for businesses to raise the issues which are important to them and ensure all of the candidates know what their priorities should be if they are elected on May 7.”

The Election Call takes place at the Old Swan Hotel, Swan Road, Harrogate, on Monday, April 13 at 6pm. It is expected to be a busy event so early booking is recommended.

Places at the event are free, but are strictly limited to business people only and must be booked by emailing info@harrogatechamber.org. Questions for the candidates can also be submitted in advance to the same address.

The Harrogate & Knaresborough seat has been held by Conservative Andrew Jones since 2010, when he beat Lib Dem candidate Claire Kelley by just over 1,000 votes.  Prior to that, the MP was Lib Dem Phil Willis (now Lord Willis of Knaresborough) who had been the town’s MP since famously beating Conservative high flyer Norman Lamont in the 1997 General Election.


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