Hosting a hustings – a practical guide

Published: Monday April 15, 2024

A view looking from the back of a crowded hall towards the front stage. Some people have their hands raised and there is a blurred view of a speaker on a stage with a blue screen with white lettering blurred above the stageDuring the period before a General Election, churches and community organisations often organise election meetings (sometimes known as hustings) where members of the public can listen to and ask questions of the candidates who are standing for election.

They do this as a public service, to support the democratic process, to facilitate public debate and as a contribution to the common good. This opportunity for respectful discussion in a neutral space is often appreciated by candidates as well as voters.

Below you can download guidance to help your church organise safe and successful hustings events which comply with the law. It includes both on and off-line hustings formats.

Hustings Guidance for Churches – 2024

One of the ideas in the document is to have a ‘people’s politics election meeting where the event begins by hearing from those whose voices are not often heard within the political discourse, before asking candidates to respond.

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