MANCHESTER Cathedral has hosted an evening of "political
speed-dating" to enable voters to talk with representatives from
the main political parties ahead of May's general election.
A group of about 35 people gathered in the cathedral on Monday,
together with Greater Manchester parliamentary and council
candidates from the Conservatives, the Greens, UKIP, the Liberal
Democrats, and the Labour Party.
In small groups, they quizzed the politicians on everything from
devolution and immigration, to the environment and the NHS.
Mimicking speed-dating, every ten minutes the party representatives
would move on to speak with another group.
Canon David Holgate, the cathedral's canon for theology and
mission, said that he was surprised that those who came really
enjoyed it. "They said it was so rare to have an opportunity to
A similar process is scheduled for a number of other cathedrals
across England, including Lichfield, Bradford, Portsmouth, and
Derby, under the banner of a campaign called People InSpired.
The initiative is supported by the Theos think tank, among