The Christian Community in the Market Harborough area

Standing room only at Hustings

It was standing room only at the hustings for local general election candidates at Harborough Methodist Church on 28 November. The event had been arranged by Churches Together in Harborough.

Room filled with people who attended the Hustings
The Methodist Church Hall was packed with 150 people

All five candidates attended and were quizzed by about 150 people packed into the church hall. The two hour meeting chaired by Revd Bryony Wood, Team Vicar of St Peter and St Paul Great Bowden, gave each candidate a five-minute opportunity to introduce themselves and their policies.

Zuffar Haq speaking at the lectern
Each candidate had five minutes at the lectern to outline their views

They then fielded questions from the audience, with each candidate being given up to two minutes to address each question. To prevent any single topic from dominating the discussion, Mrs Wood selected a topic and asked for a question on it, picking specific questioners at random. The topics covered were local issues; education; environment; health and social services; the economy, taxes and spending; and poverty.

Revd Bryony Wood explained the protocols to candidates and audience
Revd Bryony Wood explained the protocols to candidates and audience

The hustings had been billed as an opportunity for the public to listen and learn about the candidates and their policies, rather than as a debate or election rally.

The five candidates standing in the December 12 election are Zuffar Haq (Liberal Democrat), Celia Hibbert (Labour), Robin Lambert (Independent), Neil O’Brien (Conservative) and Darren Woodiwiss (Green Party).

The Christian Community in the Market Harborough area