Posted: Tue 30th Jan 2018

Alyn & Deeside by-election: Still a few audience spaces available for Wednesdays live BBC broadcast from Connah’s Quay

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Jan 30th, 2018

BBC One Wales is inviting members of the public its popular political and current affairs programme ‘Wales Live’ which will be broadcast from Connah’s Quay on Wednesday evening, January 31.

Presenters Jason Mohammad and Bethan Rhys Roberts will host the programme from Deeside 6, the new £14m sixth form centre in Connah’s Quay just a week before the Alyn and Deeside Welsh Assembly by-election. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

All five candidates standing in the by-election on February 6 have been invited to the special broadcast, the BBC is also inviting an audience made up of local constituents to the by-election special. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Jack Sargeant, Welsh Labour’s candidate for the Alyn and Deeside declined the offer to take part. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

In a statement to the BBC Mr Sargeant said his “absolute focus is on speaking directly to the people of Alyn and Deeside”.

“I want nothing to distract our local campaign from this priority, and it’s for this reason that I won’t be taking part in hustings,” he said. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“I believe the best way to do this is to spend my time getting out into the community and speaking to voters directly, rather than participating in choreographed events that all too often descend into the kind of partisan mudslinging that only serves to alienate voters.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The Alyn and Deeside by-election takes place on Tuesday 6 February it follows the tragic death of incumbent Labour AM Carl Sargeant on 7 November 2017. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Five candidates are standing in the election they are;

Conservative – Sarah Atherton; Plaid Cymru – Carrie Harper; Liberal Democrat – Donna Lalek; Green – Duncan Rees; Labour – Jack Sargeant ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

You can read the candidate profiles here: Deeside.com/Alyn-Deeside-election-candidates/ ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

If you would like to attend on Wednesday evening email; rhian.williams01@bbc.co.uk or call 07957 141568. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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