Hustings for the General Election organised by Harborne Churches Together

Photo taken at the hustingsPhoto of Alison EareyAlison Earey was a member of the Churches Together in Harborne team which arranged the recent Hustings

This is her report of what took place

 

Hustings for the General Election – Edgbaston Constituency

On Monday 20th April at St Faith & St Laurence Church, a team on behalf of Churches Together in Harborne held a hustings event in preparation for the General Election on 7th May.

All seven candidates attended and were asked a variety of questions, which were submitted by the audience, including:

  • Given that all the indicators/ polls point towards a hung parliament, is there any point in believing what is promised in a manifesto?
  • If elected, what would you do to reduce inequality and discrimination in our society?
  • Which taxes would you raise to pay off the deficit?
  • What will you do to make tackling climate change a priority and to prevent it pushing people deeper into poverty overseas?
  • Do you think continuing UK leadership on international development is important? How would you hold the government to account on this if you were an MP?

The candidates also had an opportunity to introduce themselves at the beginning and sum up their approach at the end. It was a very good natured and enjoyable evening. We gained an insight into the candidates’ priorities and personalities. Afterwards there was an opportunity to have a drink in the hall and carry on the discussion with the candidates, thanks to the people from the church who looked after us.

In advance of the meeting each candidate was asked to provide a photograph and a 70 word biography and this was distributed to each person as they arrived at the hustings. Please follow this link to find a sheet with the photographs and biographical information.

Whichever constituency you live in, I would urge you to use your democratic right to vote. As christians we need to make sure that we make our mark. We are very blessed to live in a democracy, whatever we feel about the state of our nation or our politicians. This is our opportunity to make a difference. No vote, no voice!

 

22nd Apr 2015 Posted in: News by Stella Jennings 0

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