Yesterday, Tuesday 24th March, I was happy to attend two events about the upcoming election.
The first was a talk to students at BHASVIC, one of the important higher education establishments in the city. Invited to speak about younger voters and politics in general by the Students' Union, I was excited to outline my ideas for Brighton and the country. One of the most important points I was keen to stress was the importance of voting for young people and the need to get involved in politics, whatever your persuasion. After a brief introduction, there was then a lively question and answer period with the packed room, with many people interested in my views on a wide range of subjects, from defence spending to welfare changes. It was good to see so many people there interested and engaged in politics with many students eage to vote for the first time and the election so close.
Afterwards, I attended a People's Assembly Hustings about the future of the NHS with other parliamentary candidates for Brighton Pavilion at the Friends Meeting House. This was, as expected, a feisty debate with many opposing views put forward by candidates and audience members alike. I was proud to defend the record of the last five years under this government, stressing the ring-fencing of the NHS budget, the need for a reasoned debate without emotive language and the 100% committal for NHS services to remain free at the point of use. The NHS is such an important part of our country's history and identity, discussion about its future is vital. It was important to outline the approach that a future Conservative government would take.