Yesterday, BUCF had the pleasure of welcoming to the university; Anthea McIntyre and Daniel Dalton, prospective Conservative candidates for the European Parliament, on the West Midlands list for June 4th. It was a graciously informal gathering at the University of Birmingham’s Guild, in rare but much appreciated sunshine.
Both candidates opened themselves up to questions from any students, of any political persuasion, interested in learning more about the European elections, the Conservative European position, and the personal objectives of both Dan and Anthea, were they to be elected. From the outset, it is hard to deny that their open and direct answers to a pretty intense stream of questioning were convincing, humble and above all, honest.
However what was most impressive was the wide range of knowledge and expertise that the candidates exhibited. Ranging from a perceptive understanding of the troubles facing small businesses and farmers in the region to thoughtful ideas about how to combat youth violence and anti-social behaviour, both candidates were well briefed. It was a brilliant day, with a strong turnout, and BUCF are grateful to both Dan and Anthea for making the time to visit us. Hopefully, both will be elected to the European Parliament on the 4th of June, and with the reception that they received from all who listened yesterday, it is hard to imagine a different result.