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The BBC’s James Landale will moderate a one off election special at 8pm on Monday 1st March

The Winchester Parliamentary candidates from all three main political parties3 have accepted the Dever Society’s invitation to come and present their vision for development and the countryside. James Landale will challenge them to explain their views and will take questions from the floor.

“It is excellent news that the candidates vying to represent us in Parliament are going to come and set out their stall after the Dever Society’s Annual General Meeting4,” said the Society’s Chairman Douglas Paterson.

Commenting on news that the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat prospective Members of Parliament are to address the AGM on Monday, Douglas Paterson added: “We’re especially pleased that the BBC’s Deputy Political Editor, James Landale, will be on hand to probe the candidates about their commitment to protect the constituency they intend to represent.

“This is a unique opportunity to see the prospective MPs alongside each other in a public debate about the countryside.”

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Notes for Editors

  • The Dever Society is an amenity society for the Hampshire Downs and the Dever Valley, and is a registered charity affiliated to the Campaign to Protect Rural England. The Society’s principal objective is to conserve, protect and celebrate the countryside in this part of Hampshire. In particular, it is concerned with the conservation and enhancement of the Hampshire Downs, which comprise the county’s rural heartland. The Downs provide a unique and valued resource for those who visit and enjoy the countryside, as well as forming an essential feature of the county’s agricultural and tourist economy.The Society has a membership of 6,300, drawn not only from those who live in the Dever Valley, but also from a wide area of Hampshire and elsewhere in Britain.
  • James Landale studied politics at the University of Bristol and spent ten years as a reporter on The Times. He joined the BBC in 2003 and is now the Corporation’s Deputy Political Editor.
  • The candidates are:
  • Martin Tod (Liberal Democrat)
  • Steve Brine (Conservative)
  • Patrick Davies (Labour)
  • Winchester is currently represented by Mark Oaten MP (Liberal Democrat) with a majority of 7,473
  • The formal business of the AGM, which begins in the Northbrook Hall at 7:30pm, will only be open to Dever Society members. The hustings meeting will be held in the Northbrook Hall, Micheldever at 8pm and will be open to the general public.

Further details

The Dever Society:
m: 07958 241738 e:

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