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Norwich churchgoers urged to talk politics

PUBLISHED: 11:48 14 April 2010 | UPDATED: 09:42 02 July 2010

Sarah Hall

Churchgoers across Norfolk are inviting local politicians to hustings in churches in order to help them to decide which way to vote.

Churchgoers across Norfolk are inviting local politicians to hustings in churches in order to help them to decide which way to vote.

The Archdeacon of Norwich, the Ven Jan McFarlane, is to chair hustings for Norwich North and Norwich South, where local candidates will be asked questions important to people of faith.

Norwich North candidates who have confirmed their attendance include Chloe Smith (Conservative), David Stephens (Liberal Democrat), John Cook (Labour) and Jessica Goldfinch (Green Party).

The Norwich South candidates who have said they will attend are Charles Clarke (Labour), Simon Wright (Lib Dem) and Adrian Ramsay (Green Party).

The Norwich North hustings will take place at Norwich Central Baptist Church in Duke Street on Thursday, April 15, at 7.30pm, while the Norwich South one will be in Holy Trinity Church, Trinity Street, Norwich, on Wednesday, April 28, at 7.30pm.

The archdeacon said: "Christians take seriously their responsibility to vote and the candidates have recognised that they are a significant section of the electorate.

"We are looking forward to having the opportunity to ask the candidates searching questions about the way in which they hope to influence our local community in the coming months and years."

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