There are plans for three sets of election hustings in Coulsdon next month, organised by local residents.
The residents say, “We would like one candidate from the London MEP list from each of the five main parties – hopefully as high up the list as possible, and ideally for UKIP and Green the No1 on the list.”
After brief introductions from the chair, each of the candidates will have two minutes to introduce and explain why they are standing – they will draw lots for the order of speaking. Then there will be open questions from the floor, in principle limited to 30 seconds. Then a rotating order of candidates to reply, again limited to 30 seconds. That should allow time for at least 20 questions and answers.
Then each candidate will have one minute to sum up, in reverse order to the start.
Parties will be allowed to put out on the chairs beforehand one piece each of promotional advertising.
Coulsdon West hustings will be on Friday May 16 at the Coulsdon Community Centre, from 8pm.
One of the candidates in that ward from each of the five main parties, Conservative, Labour, LibDems, Green and UKIP.
There will be a Coulsdon East hustings, on Monday May 19. This will be in the Old Coulsdon Congregational Church, from 7.30pm, along the same format.
If there are candidates from other parties or independents, then a decision will be taken on how to handle this. For the ward hustings, we can accommodate up to seven, but not more.
For the Euro elections, there is a 5 per cent threshold, which means only the five main parties will be invited (in 2009, five parties all got more than 10 per cent, and won at least one MEP, and no other party reached 5 per cent and so all got none).
Coming to Croydon
- Private Peaceful, Charles Cryer Theatre, Apr 23-26
- Alison, A Rock Opera, Spread Eagle Theatre, Apr 23-26
- Groundwork River Wandle project workshop, Apr 23
- David Lean Cinema: Short Term 12, Apr 24
- Groundwork River Wandle project workshop, Apr 24
- Stop The Incinerator Beer and Bingo fund-raiser, Apr 28
- Future of Crystal Palace debate, Apr 30
- Groundwork River Wandle project workshop, Apr 30
- David Lean Cinema: The Railway Man, May 1
- Groundwork River Wandle project workshop, May 1
- Hauntology – the architecture of Croydon, Apr 5-May 2
- David Lean Cinema: Wadjda, May 8
- David Lean Cinema: Blue Velvet, May 10
- Norwood Society Talk: West Norwood – a place of change, May 15
- David Lean Cinema: The Invisible Woman, May 15
- Croydon RFC charity memorial day, May 17
- David Lean Cinema: The Rocket, May 22
- David Lean Cinema: Dallas Buyers Club, May 29
- Norwood Society Talk: The Concrete Church, June 19
- Crystal Palace Overground Festival, June 26-29
- Norwood Society Talk: War Memorials, Sep 18
- Norwood Society Talk: From Fire Station to Theatre, Oct 16
- Norwood Society Talk: Lambeth’s Archives, Nov 20
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