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Brian Quinn talks to the candidates for Election 2024

Brian Quinn of Penny Post – who appears most weeks on Friday Drivetime with Jeremy and Kate – has interviewed all the candidates in the Newbury and the Reading West and Mid Berkshire constituencies.

They were all asked the same 15 questions by email and their answers set alongside each other.

You can therefore see at a glance what each of them had to say on a range of issues including disinformation, pandemic preparedness, climate change, the water companies, the main problem/s the constituency faces and the most difficult political question they’ve been asked.

Also covered are the very important matters of their Desert Island Discs choices of music, book and luxury item would be and – not something Lauren Laverne asks – film. In the Newbury constituency, for instance, these were the chosen pieces of music: but can you guess who opted for which?

  • Stand by Me by Ben E King.
  • Painkiller by Turin Brakes. 
  • Green Onions by Booker T and the MGs.
  • Tangerine by Led Zeppelin.
  • My Way by Frank Sinatra.
  • Don’t Look Back in Anger by Oasis.
  • Anything by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

Newbury Constituency

You can click here to see the questions and answers for the Newbury constituency. The candidates standing (arranged alphabetically by surname) are as follows:

Liz Bell, Labour

Lee Dillon, Liberal Democrats

Laura Farris, Conservative

Earl Jesse, Freedom Alliance

Gary Johnson, UKIP

Steve Masters, Green

Doug Terry, Reform UK

Images Crown Copyright and reproduced with the permission of Land & Property Services under delegated authority from the Keeper of Public Records, © Crown Copyright and database right 2024 MOU 504

Reading West and Mid Berkshire Constituency

You can click here to see the questions and answers for the Reading West & Mid Berkshire constituency. The candidates standing (arranged alphabetically by surname) are as follows:

Adrian Abbs, Independent

Olivia Bailey, Labour

Helen Belcher, Liberal Democrats

Kate Bosley, Reform UK

Carolyne Culver, Green

Ross Mackinnon, Conservative

Adie Peppiatt, Independent

Images Crown Copyright and reproduced with the permission of Land & Property Services under delegated authority from the Keeper of Public Records, © Crown Copyright and database right 2024 MOU 504

Two other neighbouring constituencies – East Wiltshire and Didcot and Wantage – are also covered in the same way.