Ripon Cathedral held a hustings on Saturday May 13th, just under a month before the General Election on June 8th. The Very Rev John Dobson, Dean of Ripon, chaired the lively debate which featured all four candidates for Skipton and Ripon; Julian Smith (Conservatives), Alan Woodhead (Labour), Andy Brown (Green) and Jack Render (Yorkshire).
Over 90 people attended the meeting. Ripon Cathedral has played hosted to a hustings before during the 2015 General Election, providing an unbiased platform for debate and discussion.
The Church of England’s Archbishops have issued a General Election Pastoral Letter stating, “Our first obligation as Christians is to pray for those standing for office, and to continue to pray for those who are elected.”