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Thinking of holding an Election Hustings for May 2015?

election 2015
When: Friday 6th February 2015, 10.30am-12.30pm
Where: Edgar Community Hall, Somerton Business Park, Somerton, TA11 6SB
Bookings: missionforum@bathwells.anglican.org or Telephone 01749 685104
For information and advice: David Maggs 01749  685119
General Advice on Hustings will soon be available on Diocese of Bath and Wells website: www.bathandwells.org.uk

Are you holding or thinking of holding an Election Hustings for May 2015?

This time we know exactly when the General Election is going to be. This gives a good opportunity for Churches to join together to plan for local hustings with candidates. Given the increasingly diverse Electoral Scene and to help those running such events to be prepared, the Somerset Churches Together with the Diocese of Bath and Wells are putting on a training event. There will be insider views from both sides of the hustings: David Heath, retiring MP for Somerton and Frome, who was Deputy Leader of the House of Commons, and Peter Brain, who served the URC nationally for 10 years as Assembly Secretary for Church and Society.

There will advice on things to consider and plenty of opportunities for questions.

SOME ADVICE: We have been advised by another local MP of two ways of increasing the chances of getting candidates to attend: 1) You should consider booking any hustings event NOW as they do get booked up. You don’t need to work out all the details, and the February 6th training will help with this, but you do need a date and a start and finish time. 2) Candidates will see invitations from groups of churches/Christian bodies joining together in a locality as more of a priority to attend than an invitation from a single church.

David Maggs
Social Justice and Environment Advisor
Diocese of Bath & Wells
Changing Lives, Changing Churches for Changing Communities
T: 01749 685119     F: 01749 674240
Switchboard: 01749 670777