Nice afternoon debating at the York Older People’s Assembly with Green, Lib Dem, and UKIP candidates. The Tories didn’t show up.

Another puzzling feature was that, although the lead UKIP candidate for Yorkshire & Humber (a certain J Collins) was in the room, she was replaced for the debate by Roger Helmer, an East Midland MEP. Someone in the audience told me that she chickened out when she heard who the other speakers would be — surely not?

In any case, it was a well-mannered and good-natured debate, with the audience displaying a wide range of views and asking good questions.

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