A GENERAL election hustings event with a focus on Palestine is being held in Worcester to discuss the issue in more depth before voters head to the polls.

The hustings event is due to take place at the Friends Meeting House, Sansome Place, Worcester, on Tuesday at 6.45pm and is open to all to attend.

Organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, the hustings ahead of the general election on Thursday, July 4, will be 'an opportunity for residents to ask questions to their next MP about their response to end the suffering of tens of thousands of human beings'.

Organiser say in attendance will be the parliamentary candidates Tor Pingree (Green Party), Marc Bayliss (Conservatives); Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition candidate Mark Davies and a representative on behalf of the Liberal Democrats.  

Organisers say the Labour Party will not be sending a representative but we have made a further enquiry to check if there is any official response.

There is still an opportunity to send questions in advance to Wpscg1@gmail.com after last Wednesday's deadline was extended to give people the chance to have their say.

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Sam Iqbal, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, said: "The dire situation in Gaza and other occupied territories of Palestine has caused a huge outcry in our city.

"People are demanding action from the UK government, and many consider this to be one of the main issues that will help decide who gets their vote in the upcoming general election. We would like to hear how candidates will use their powers in Parliament to help get justice for the Palestinians, support human rights and respect international law.

"We believe that better politics is possible, where humanity and equity are at the heart of government decisions. The event will include an opportunity for the candidates to give a short speech and then answer questions from the audience.

"As a group, we are politically impartial, and the host will ensure that everyone has an equal chance to contribute."