Election candidates to be put on spot at Hartlepool hustings event

HUSTINGS: Organiser Chris Eddowes.
HUSTINGS: Organiser Chris Eddowes.

A CAMPAIGN group is giving General Election runners the chance to address potential voters in an event next week.

The Hartlepool Global Peace and Justice Group is holding a hustings event on Tuesday, April 28, in St George’s United Reformed Church, on the corner of York Road and Park Road, in Hartlepool.

You need to know what people actually do stand for.

Chris Eddowes, chairman of the Hartlepool Global Peace and Justice Group

The aim of holding the hustings event is to provide voters with an opportunity to hear the views of candidates standing for election as MPs.

The group has previously held three hustings events in the past as members have a firm belief that members of the public should be able to listen to and question those wanting to represent the town in parliament.

Chris Eddowes, chairman of the Hartlepool Global Peace and Justice Group, said: “Our previous hustings events have proved very popular and we’re hoping this one does too.

“It’s desperately important that people vote because if you don’t vote then you can’t complain as far as I’m concerned.

“You need to know what people actually do stand for.

“You might follow a particular party but you might not particularly like the person that is standing for them, or you might think a certain party is not much good but you like the person representing that party.

“This helps you to decide.”

Chris said that each candidate will be given two minutes to talk about what they represent and why people should vote for them.

When each has had their turn, there is a chance for the audience to ask them questions which have to be written and handed in first.

Chris said: “We will be giving out pieces of paper for people to write their questions on.

“It’s not to vet them it’s to put them into categories so that we can try to cover a large range of topics rather than the event being monopolised by one subject.”

The event starts at 7pm and is expected to last two hours, no tickets are required.

Organisers have made efforts to contact the prospective candidates but are urging any who have not been contacted to call Chris on (01429) 269412.