Parliamentary hopefuls to debate local and national issues at general election hustings organised by Churches Together in Stevenage
What: Public general election debate for the Stevenage Constituency hosted by local churches
When: Sunday, 4th June, 7.30pm–9.00pm
Where: High Street Methodist Church, Sish Lane, Stevenage Old Town
CHURCHES TOGETHER in Stevenage is to host a public debate for local candidates standing in the General Election on 8th June.
All four political parties’ candidates have been invited to attend the event at High Street Methodist Church, organised by churches in Stevenage and surrounding villages. The hustings aims to encourage a deeper engagement with the democratic process, allowing voters to make the most informed decision possible on election day.
The candidates will have the opportunity to make a 90 second pitch to voters. They will then take questions from members of the public on a wide variety of local and national issues.
The event will be chaired by Madeleine Davies, deputy news editor of the Church Times, the world’s leading Anglican newspaper.
The Revd Steven Cooper, chair of Churches Together in Stevenage, said: ‘The hustings is for voters of all faiths and none, to enable to them to gain a fuller understanding of where local candidates stand on the major issues of today.
‘The intention is not that it be a particularly “churchy” event; rather we are following in the tradition of churches organising such events as a service to the whole community. Christians are called to play a full part in the democratic process, as part of our commitment to truth, justice, peace and the common good.’
Voters who wish to put questions to the candidates are encouraged to submit them in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org. Members of the public can also ask questions on the night, subject to time restrictions.
To date, the candidates Sharon Taylor (Labour), Barbara Gibson (Liberal Democrat) and Victoria Snelling (Green) have all agreed to take part. Stephen McPartland (Conservative) has indicated that the Conservative party will not be represented.