The first (untelevised) Independents Debate

Guy Aitchison
15 April 2010

The first ever debate between the party leaders is about to kick off. Whether we'll learn anything new or interesting remains to be seen, but it's almost certain to be a heavily-scripted affair and I think it's fair to say the word "change" will almost certainly feature once or twice. Oh - and it will almost certainly look and feel very different from the first ever (untelevised) independents debate here between Denny de la Haye, Tamsin Omond and Gordon Kennedy. The video has just gone up on the Hang ' em website where you can discuss whether these candidates should qualify as the hang 'em candidate for their constituency: 


The candidates are: Denny de la Haye: Independent candidate for Hackney South and Shoreditch. Website: Gordon Kennedy: Independent candidate for Dagenham. Website: Tamsin Omond: Independent candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn. Website:

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