Candidate line-up announced for public hustings in South Thanet on Friday 24 April at St George’s School

The Diocese of Canterbury, organisers of the public political hustings for South Thanet, to be held on Friday 24 April at St George’s Church of England Foundation School in Broadstairs (7pm), have announced the candidate line up.

All candidates running for the parliamentary seat of South Thanet were invited.

Nigel Farage (UKIP) and Al Murray (Free UK Party) have both declined the invitation, due to ‘other commitments’.

The following candidates will therefore be atteding:

Zebadiah Abu-Obadiah (Al Zebabist Nation of OOG)

Nigel Askew (We are The Reality Party)

Ruth Bailey (Manston Airport Independent Party)

Grahame Birchall (Party for United Thanet)

Ian Driver (Green)

Craig Mackinlay (Conservative)

Will Scobie (Labour)

Russ Timpson (Liberal Democrat)


Dean McCastree (Independent) has not responded.

The Bishop of Dover, the Right Reverend Trevor Willmott, who will chair the hustings , commented: “The hustings in South Thanet will provide an opportunity for the candidates to set out their visions for the constituency and for the country, as well as offering a chance for voters to quiz them.

“Whilst I’m disappointed that not all parliamentary candidates will be attending, I believe the evening will still provide an excellent opportunity for the people of South Thanet to engage in the political process. Through lively debate and discussion I hope those attending will be able to better discern which candidate best represents the needs of local people and gain a greater understanding of how the political parties propose to make society fairer for all.”

The hustings are open to all (doors open at 6.30pm).

Questions can be emailed in advance to  There will also be an opportunity for questions on the day.


Information for editors:

St George’s Foundation Church of England School is situated in Westwood Road, Broadstairs, Kent CT10 2LH

Further information from: Emily Shepherd, Director of Communications, Canterbury Diocese 01227 459 401, 07876 210 446,