The hustings were held at Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue on Thursday (April 30).
The parliamentary candidates who attended the the debate were: Gerard Barry for UKIP, Joshua Dixon for Lib Dem, Karen Pillai for Green, and Nick Hurd for Conservative. Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition candidate, Wally Kennedy was also present to answer some questions.
Labour candidate Michael Borio could not attend due to illness.
All candidates spoke of the constituency being a safe Tory seat, yet the opposing candidates said they were looking to stir up tradition.
“We are trying to make a fight and there is no way we can change everything unless people like me stand up. At the end of the day it's not just individual numbers on a ballot sheet, it's real people” said Karen Pillai.
Current Conservative MP Nick Hurd mentioned he will never take people for granted: “People expect canvassing and knocking on doors so I will continue to do so.”
On the topic of the controversial HS2 plans, all candidates agreed that plans should be scrapped aside from Joshua Dixon, who agreed with the Liberal Democrat position.
“The benefits of HS2 outweigh the negatives," he said. "I'm not going to be able to stop this, let's at least work together the best we can and find a middle ground that's best for everyone."
Karen Pillai aligned with her party stance saying: “It's only going to serve a few people and it's environmentally detrimental. Our current transport system needs investment, widening tunnels and lengthening platforms.”
Nick Hurd and Gerard Barry agreed, saying they are opposed to the idea and that there are better ideas for a more effective infrastructure.
A question was asked from the audience about quality of life including abortions and assisted suicide.
Responding to an audience question on abortions and assisted suicide, Gerard Barry said his views stemmed from his religious beliefs: “I personally believe it is a sin but as a UKIP member I believe decisions should be taken in referendum format."
Nick Hurd said: “It is a matter of conscience and always will be. We've got it about right at the moment, I would worry about abuse of the system, pressure being put on vulnerable people. We need to engage, educate and talk to those affected.”
While Karen Pillai stated: “It is down to personal choice, religious beliefs and what you feel is the right thing to do.”
And Joshua Dixon was also in favour, believing individuals have the right to make their own choices for their own lives.
Another audience question covered balancing the books and how the candidates are going to tackle the UK's debt.
Karen Pillai said she believed that cuts shouldn't be made, affecting people's livelihoods: “We will make the top 1% pay more tax, this wouldn't affect normal people.”
Dixon said: “We will try and be as clear as possible with regards to departmental spending. There are some cuts but I don't want to see that mostly impact the poor. We do need to mix up tax rises, the Conservatives haven't been clear whatsoever where tax has come.”
Gerard Barry pointed out that his party, UKIP, outlined a costed plan for the economy in their manifesto and Nick Hurd said it was clear his party's priority is to reduce spending, not increase taxes.
Finally, Wally Kennedy spoke to the audience about poverty, saying that it is at surprising levels in the area.
“You'll be amazed at the levels of poverty in our area, including Harrow. Wages are so low and rent is so high," she said.
“On the morning of May 8, we will have the same circus but with different clowns. The ringmaster is always a constant irrespective of the government. The ringmaster is the unaffected, unaccountable City of London.”