Few seats in the General Election will be as hotly contested as Richmond Park and Twickenham - and the heavyweight candidates from all sides are set to share the stage for what is likely to be a barnstorming debate.
Sky News’ chief political correspondent, Jon Craig, will chair the highly anticipated upcoming keynote hustings for the Richmond and Twickenham parliamentary constituencies at Richmond Adult Community College on June 1.
Organised by the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, the event is sponsored by the Richmond and Twickenham Times
Sir Vince Cable, Liberal Democrat for Twickenham; Dr Katherine Dunne, Labour for Twickenham; Zac Goldsmith, Conservative for Richmond; Dr Tania Mathias, Conservative for Twickenham; Sarah Olney, Liberal Democrat for Richmond and Cate Tuitt, Labour for Richmond are all expected to take part in the Q & A.
Chamber of Commerce chief executive Anne Newton said: "We are very much looking forward to this hustings.
“The Chamber is a neutral non-political organisation and we have a duty to our businesses, non-profits, borough residents and parliamentary candidates to provide a compelling and comprehensive Q and A for both constituencies within the borough.”
More than 100 people who have booked tickets and submitted questions to find out more about their General Election candidates.
Sky, BBC and the Richmond and Twickenham Times are all confirmed to cover the two hustings at the RACC from 5.30pm to 8.30pm.
Topics such as Brexit, Heathrow, NHS, education, business, overseas policy, defence and many more will all be covered and residents will have the chance to direct any questions, via the chair, to their constituents.
Ms Newton added: “This is your chance to have your say and learn more about the candidates, so we look forward to seeing you there on June 1."
Mr Goldsmith has decided to stand again as a candidate and has been selected once again to stand for the Tories, having previously resigned and running as an independent in protest to the government’s position on Heathrow expansion.
Currently the Tories are still the largest party with 330 MPS and are still rising high in the polls, almost double the vote share of their main opposition – the Labour party - a month before voting.
However, Ms Olney’s victory in last year’s by-election showed evidence of a Lib Dem fightback in Westminster, overturning Mr Goldsmith’s 23,000 vote majority when she focused on Brexit, and is looking to keep control of the seat.
Former business secretary Vince Cable confirmed he is standing again to take on Dr Tania Matthias and regain the seat after losing his Twickenham seat in 2015.
The 2017 General Election is scheduled for Thursday June 8 and the borough has announced that candidates wishing to stand in the election must submit their nominations to the Acting Returning Officer by 4pm on Thursday May 11.
Richmond Chamber of Commerce are also organising a number of other events including; the Chamber Group Mentoring program, May 15, Chamber Business Master Class, May 16, Chamber Business Breakfast, May 18, a coffee morning with Sir Vince Cable and Edward Lucie-Smith, June 6, Chamber Business Lunch, June 15, Chamber Business Masterclass for Start-Ups, June 20, Chamber Business breakfast, June 22 and a business evening with Sunday Times’ Ian Coxon, June 29.