Education election event is scrapped

Question Time being filmed in Wigan
Question Time being filmed in Wigan

An event quizzing candidates hoping to become MPs on education issues has been cancelled.

Budding politicians in the race for local parliamentary seats were due to meet at St Patrick’s Parish Club in Scholes for a question-and-answer session along the lines of popular politics TV show Question Time.

Wigan NUT secretary Max Atkins

Wigan NUT secretary Max Atkins

However, the event scheduled for tonight (Thursday) has now been scrapped.

The night was being organised by the Wigan branch of the National Union of Teachers (NUT), one of many similar events being put on across the country by the union in the run-up to the general election on June 8.

Headteachers from the borough were also due to join candidates on the panel.

An NUT Wigan statement said: “Unfortunately, we have had to cancel tonight’s ‘Public Meeting- Education Question Time’ event at Sunshine House, Wigan.

“We sincerely apologise for the short notice.

“We have explored every possible way to make this meeting take place but owing to the tragic and unusual circumstances of this week we are unable to proceed as planned.

“Our thoughts remain with the people affected by the horror of Monday night.

“There are no plans to reschedule at this time.”

Local campaigning for the election resumed on Thursday following the Manchester Arena terrorist attack, with the national parties getting back on the trail for votes on Friday.