The University of Creative Arts (UCA) in Epsom will host a debate of candidates next Friday (December 6) contesting the Epsom and Ewell seat at the upcoming general election.

UCA said that candidates from the Liberal Democrats, Labour, the Green Party and the Independent candidate would be taking part.

Conservative MP for Epsom and Ewell, Chris Grayling, will not be attending, UCA said.

Mr Grayling won the seat by over 20,000 votes in the last general election in 2017, and has been the constituency’s MP since 2001.

The Conservative now faces challenges to his tenure as Epsom and Ewell’s representative in parliament from rival parties and an independent candidate.

Stephen Gee (Liberal Democrats), Ed Mayne (Labour), Janice Baker (Green Party), and Clive Woodbridge (Independent), are all trying to unseat Mr Grayling and plan to attend the UCA hustings on Friday.

“It’s unusual to have an election during term time, and we know that students are becoming more political than ever, so bringing the event onto UCA’s campus makes it completely accessible,” said Andy Squire, the UCA Student Union Communications Coordinator.

“We are really proud to play this role in the community and host this event, and look forward to welcoming members of the public onto our canvas to mix with our students, staff and colleagues, and question the candidates standing in Epsom and Ewell,” he added.

The debate will take place on Friday, December 6, 6.30 – 8pm (Doors open at 6pm) at the UCA on Ashley Road in Epsom.

The university said the event is free to attend but tickets will be required. To book your free place visit UCA’s Student Union website.