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Watford’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidates – (Left to Right) Nick Lincoln, Aiden Cottrell-Boyce, Dorothy Thornhill, Richard Harrington and Matt Turmaine. Watford’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidates – (Left to Right) Nick Lincoln, Aiden Cottrell-Boyce, Dorothy Thornhill, Richard Harrington and Matt Turmaine.
27 April 2015 Written by 

Candidates go head-to-head over small business issues

Parliamentary candidates for Watford went head to head at a small business themed election hustings . Richard Harrington who secured victory last time was up against the Lib. Dem. Mayor Dorothy Thornhill, who is standing as parliamentary candidate this time, Labour's Matt Turmaine, UKIP's Nick Lincoln and Green Party hopeful Aiden Cottrell-Boyce. The evening was organised by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) a not-for profit, non-political organisation that is there to support the interests of small businesses.

The event was organised so that small businesses in Watford could learn more about the candidates standing in May's general election and find out what they were promising to support small businesses and the local economy. BBC Three Countries presenter Rob Perrone chaired the event which was recorded to be broadcast later.

The evening was hosted by West Herts College and principle, Gill Worrell welcomed the FSB, the candidates and small businesses to the venue. Candidates answered questions on onerous legislation, health and safely, issues around parking, infrastructure and zero-hours contracts. Hertfordshire branch chairman of the FSB, Pam Charman said: "This was a rare opportunity for local business owners to learn more about the candidates standing and hear how their vote will make a difference in May."

Candidates were given the opportunity to talk through a variety of business issues and each summed up with a two minute presentation about why they deserved the small business vote.

Guests at the event were also given the chance to network and enjoy a delicious buffet prepared by students at the college.



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