General Election 2017: St Albans candidates to answer questions on justice and environment
PUBLISHED: 18:04 09 May 2017 | UPDATED: 11:43 10 May 2017
Voters will have the chance to question St Albans parliamentary candidates on issues specific to the environment and justice at a local hustings event.
The Better World Hustings will take place shortly before the General Election at Trinity United Reformed Church (URC) in St Albans.
It has been organised by five voluntary organisations - Friends of the Earth St Albans, Transition St Albans, Global Justice Now, Oxfam, and Trinity URC.
St Albans Friends of the Earth coordinator Amanda Yorwerth said: “In the run up to the election, our Better World Hustings gives voters the chance to understand all the parties’ policies on critical issues such as the environment and justice, which often don’t get much airtime.
“This hustings is organised by a partnership of five local community groups, to give local residents a chance to hear first-hand from their candidates.”
At the event, there is one question slot reserved for first time voters.
Transitions St Albans steering group member Catherine Ross said: “We think [environment and justice] are absolutely critical to the future of the country and the world, and they don’t get enough attention.
“We think it’s very important that local voters can hear the opinions from the candidates about these issues.”
Anne Main is running for the Conservatives, Daisy Cooper is standing for the Liberal Democrats, Kerry Pollard is vying from Labour, and Jack Easton is the Green hopeful.
Questions can be submitted from 7.30pm on June 2, and answers will be given from 8pm to 9.45pm.
The church is on the corner of Beaconsfield Road and Victoria Street.
A previous event proved very popular during the 2015 election, with about 150 attendees and 50 questions submitted.
There is another earlier hustings on a wider variety of issues at St Albans Cathedral on Tuesday, May 23. Doors will open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.
To submit questions for this hustings, email firstname.lastname@example.org under the subject ‘Election Hustings’ - the deadline for these is Friday, May 19.