THOSE expecting a bust-up at worst or churchillian rhetoric at best would have been disappointed. The questions were mild, the answers considered.
In front of the congregation at St Peter’s church, the five candidates answered questions on a variety of subjects from the economy, values to assisted suicides without every really getting going.
In many ways, the safe option was the best. Carl Morris was considered, Jackie Doyle-Price analytical and Carys Davis incisive while Clive Broad and Emma Colgate did what it said on the tin.
This isn’t where the votes will be won and lost but on the doorsteps of West Thurrock, South Ockendon, Grays and Aveley over the next fourteen days.
It is all about timing here. Nobody lost the election last night. Now the challenge is who can win it?
The Christian Party fielded a candidate on tuesday but it was too late for them to be invited.