ELECTION 2019 – Solent University hosts Itchen election meeting

PARLIAMENTARY candidates from five parties have visited Solent University to take part in a ‘Question Time’ styled meeting.

The questions ranged from national issues such as Trident, to more locally focused issues like social care in the city.

The meeting was held at Solent University. Jack Davies (4th from left) represented Liz Jarvis and the Liberal Democrats.

The candidates for Southampton Itchen are:

Royston Smith – Conservative Party

  • Sitting Member of Parliament for the area since 2015
  • Won the 2017 General Election with a majority of 31 votes
  • Former Leader of Southampton City Council from 2010-2012
  • Councillor for the Harefield ward from 2000-2015
  • Key local aim: “Make Southampton and its residents safer, more prosperous and to make our city one of which we can all be proud”

Simon Letts – Labour Party

  • Former Leader of Southampton City Council from 2013 to 2018
  • Served as a Councillor for eighteen years
  • Lost his Bitterne council seat in 2018 to the Conservatives by 295 votes
  • Key local aim: Improving social care and funding the NHS

Liz Jarvis – Liberal Democrats

  • Formerly a Labour voter, joined the Lib Dems in August 2018
  • Worked with the Southampton cruise industry for the past seven years
  • Key local aim: Fighting for better mental health provisions

Jack Davies of the Liberal Democrats represented Liz Jarvis in the hustings.

Osman Sen-Chadun – Green Party

  • Member of the British Computer Society
  • Southampton resident for over 20 years
  • Key local aim: Encourage investment in sustainable energy production and promote the use of electric vehicles

Kim Rose – UKIP

  • UKIP Candidate for Southampton Itchen in the 2015 and 2017 General Election
  • Key local aim: “No homelessness within 6 months” of being elected

Southampton residents gave their thoughts on how they thought the meeting went

by Scott Morgan (@Neclord_), Hollie Busby (@BusbyHollie) and Sunneva Moore (@sunnyxmoore)