'Voting reform? Frankly, I don't care'
Candidates vying to become the next MP for Leicester South debated at a hustings event in Evington last night.
Dozens of voters attended the question-and-answer session at St Phillips church hall, in Evington Road.
Labour candidate Jon Ashworth, Lib Dem hopeful Zuffar Haq and Conservative Jane Hunt debated issues such as immigration, education and crime.
One voter asked the candidates how they felt about David Cameron's suggestion the UK needs "good immigration, not mass immigration", selecting migrants who will benefit the country economically.
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Mr Ashworth, a former adviser to Gordon Brown, said he felt "uneasy" about the idea, adding: "I don't think it works . I have spoken to local businesses owners who don't feel good about it."
But health campaigner Mr Haq said: "We need people to come to the UK to set up factories to give us jobs here."
Charnwood borough councillor Jane Hunt said: "Economic migration would allow people to come into this country to help with skills."
All candidates agreed that if elected they would fight to save children's heart surgery at Glenfield Hospital.
A review recommends the number of hospitals providing the surgery be cut from 11 to six or seven.
Glenfield is named in just one of four options put forward.
A member of the audience asked whether the candidates were for or against the alternative voting system.
Mr Haq said he was in favour of the system, which both Ms Hunt and Mr Ashworth said they would vote against it.
Mr Ashworth said: "Frankly, I don't really care – I've got more important things to think about."