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Election Hustings 2021

WHAT ARE ‘HUSTINGS’?

A hustings is a meeting where election candidates or parties debate policies and answer questions from the audience. Hustings provide voters with an opportunity to hear the views of candidates or parties. When candidates or parties standing are invited, a hustings does not promote any particular candidate or party because they all have the opportunity to speak and be questioned.

View of the hustings in Covent garden. PAG8569.

The date of the elections is Thursday 6th May 2021.

Hustings have been organised for the posts of BRISTOL CITY MAYOR and for the WEST OF ENGLAND COMBINED AUTHORITY METRO MAYOR. All the events mentioned below have been organised with COVID19 regulations in mind and so can only be attended remotely (online). To attend you need to order a place using the links below. Those attending can submit questions to the candidates but this has to be done in advance – usually when you book your place. We are encouraging people to query the candidates’ support for Bristol Airport’s expansion plans. The more questions submitted on this issue the more likely that it will be addressed during the event. Please note that some deadlines for submitting questions may have passed.

GREEN CAPITAL PARTNERSHIP & Co HUSTINGS

The following dates are organised by Bristol Green Capital Partnership in collaboration with Avon Wildlife Trust, Black & Green Ambassadors, Bristol Food Network, CPRE Bristol and Avon, Eastside Community Trust, Friends of the Earth, Sustrans and Extinction Rebellion.


WECA Metro Mayor Elections – Responding to the Climate and Ecological Emergencies.
Monday 19th April at 18.00
Candidates confirmed to take part in the hustings are as follows:
• Dan Norris – Labour Party
• Jerome Thomas – Green Party
• Samuel Williams – Conservative Party
• Stephen Williams – Liberal Democrats

Link for free tickets: https://bit.ly/3evnqv4

Bristol Mayor Elections – Responding to the Climate and Ecological Emergencies.
Tuesday 27th April at 18.00
Candidates confirmed to take part in the hustings are as follows:
• Alastair Watson, Conservative Party
• Caroline Gooch – Liberal Democrats
• Marvin Rees – Labour Party
• Sandy Hore-Ruthven – Green Party

Link for free tickets: https://bit.ly/3tdumAX

BRISTOL FESTIVAL OF IDEAS HUSTINGS

Bristol Festival of Ideas are organising similar ‘Crowdcast’ events but with discussions on a wider range of issues facing the candidates. Two more opportunities to push the Airport Expansion onto the agenda.

Wednesday 21st April at 19.15. West of England Decides (Metro Mayor husting) Link: https://bit.ly/2PPN3wh

Friday 23rd April at 19.15 Bristol Decides (Bristol City Mayor husting) Link: https://bit.ly/3l6Pgip

BRISTOL 24/7 & WATERSHED HUSTINGS

This set of hustings are organised for the dates below. Candidates will be asked a variety of questions by Bristol24/7 Editor and moderator Martin Booth and by anyone who would like to take part by submitting their questions in advance by emailing editor@bristol247.com. Emails should have the subject line ‘WECA Hustings’ and include your name and which area of Bristol you live in. Questions can also be submitted live on the night via YouTube’s chat function.

Thursday 22nd April at 7.00pm WECA Mayoral Hustings. Link https://bit.ly/3sx2uXK Available to view via YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYUGhMec4g0

Thursday 29th April at 7.00pm Bristol City Mayoral Hustings. Link https://bit.ly/3edbdcO Available to view via YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Jg6yFdgmJw

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