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Hustings at University of York to feature York Central and Outer candidates

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The University of York will host a short series of hustings and election-themed events before the June general election, it was announced yesterday.

Working with the University of York Students’ Union (YUSU), the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) and the student-run society the York Union, the university will invite candidates standing in the York Central and York Outer constituencies to speak at a hustings on the 31st of May.

The current Members of Parliament for the constituencies, Rachael Maskell (Labour, York Central) and Julian Sturdy (Conservative, York Outer), who are standing for election again, will be joined by candidates from the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party.

From 6pm in the Ron Cooke Hub on the University of York campus, candidates for York Central will speak and answer questions. Following a drinks reception between 7pm and 7:30pm, candidates for York Outer will take to the stage.

Rachael Maskell and Nick Love, the Liberal Democrat candidate, stood for election in 2015. Edward Young is a new candidate for the Conservative Party, taking the place of the 2015 candidate Robert McIlveen.

In the York Outer constituency, Julian Sturdy and the Liberal Democrat James Blanchard also stood for election in 2015. Sturdy has been MP for York Outer since 2010. Luke Charters-Reid and Bethan Vincent are standing for the constituency for the first time, for the Labour Party and the Green Party respectively.

The event is free to the public but is also ticketed – to acquire tickets, click here. The hustings will be chaired by BBC Radio York’s Elly Florentina.

In the first week of June, the leaders of the main political parties will face questions from a live audience in York. You can apply to be in the audience by filling in a form here.

The students’ union will also hold a series of events in which members of academic staff discuss political matters before the election, chaired by Sabbatical Officers. More details to follow.