From Craig Whittaker
Can I please take the opportunity to thank the Rev. Tony Buglass for his warm welcome to the Methodist Church yesterday & also his Chairing skills during the debate. To Jason Elliott for organising and for the opportunity to participate in the debate - congratulations also on an excellent first day of the Big Green Weekend.
Thank you to my fellow panelists; Kate, Hilary & Steph but most of all, to all of the people who came along to listen to the four often differing points of view and asking some incredibly important questions around sustainibilty and the issues which we face around climate change.
I think this format of debate is vital for the electorate to hear and see the candidates that are putting themselves forward to represent the people of the Calder Valley at the next General Election and I look forward to the next opprtunity of doing so. Thank you.
From Susan Press
My question was on the third runway at Heathrow. I just want to make it clear that Chris McCafferty, our MP, signed an Early Day Motion opposing this.
Steph Booth is of course entitled to a different view , although her only apparent reason for being in favour of it was that that was the line from UNITE.
But, as the Hebweb states in its report, her views on rail re-nationalisation and nuclear power do not necessarily reflect the views of Labour Party members in Hebden Bridge. It is in fact Labour Party policy (as decided by Conference) to take the railways back into public ownership but sadly the Government hasn't taken up the call by activists and the rail unions which was made in 2003 when I was a delegate. If the Government were to re-nationalise the railways, end its obsession with privatisation, and abandon its plans for a new generation of nuclear weapons then frankly Craig Whittaker would be seriously worried.
From Matthew Baker
Good to see the Conservatives taking part in this debate, Craig. Things have gone very quiet in your party on green issues of late so it's pleasing to see a Conservative wanting to push the debate forward. Where has Cameron's eco adviser Zac Goldsmith gone? He seems firmly sidelined these days.
See also: Hebweb report of the Big Green debate