People packed into the Great Hall at Queen’s University Belfast this evening in order to hear from the Belfast South general election candidates. Yvette Shapiro chaired proceedings, and an hour of questions from the floor followed the brief opening remarks from each participating candidate.
Given the toxic nature of the election campaign – nationally and locally – it was a very civil evening with Paula Bradshaw (Alliance), Claire Hanna (SDLP), Michael Henderson (UUP) and Chris McHugh (Aontú) fielding questions about women’s equality, the health service, the environment, the toxicity of the campaign, a more. Emma Little Pengelly (DUP) is also standing in the Belfast South constituency but did not attend.
Alan Meban. Tweets as @alaninbelfast. Blogs about cinema and theatre over at Alan in Belfast. A freelancer who writes about and reports from civic, academic and political events, reviews cultural performances, chairs discussions, and live-tweets, streams and records lectures and conferences. He delivers social media training, coaching and consultancy, produces podcasts, is a member of Ofcom’s Advisory Committee for Northern Ireland, FactCheckNI board member, and is a member of the Corrymeela Community.