How to Hold a Question Time Meeting or Election Husting
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The following information is provided to help people think about planning a Question Time meeting or election husting, but it is important that organisers check the new guidance published by the Joint Public Issues Team.
The Joint Public Issues Team is a venture of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church, the United Reformed Church and the Church of Scotland. We help our four churches work together on issues of justice and inequality.
Purpose of Hustings:
- To help voters make informed, educated decisions.
- Important it is seen as neutral, must not be a platform for a particular view.
- Be aware of the new legislation of ‘Transparency and Lobbying Act’ Section 2. Mainstream denominations and church leaders have been considering whether to register as ‘non-party campaigners’. Individual churches should not need to register.
- The Hustings are often run by a local ecumenical church grouping eg Christians/Churches Together or parishes in our local area for the benefit of the community.
- Encourage questions to be for the benefit for the whole community ‘the Common Good’ rather than around a Christian focus or issue.
Read the helpful guidance published by the Joint Public Issues Team here.
This guidance and advice has been produced by the Joint Public Issues Team (the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Church of Scotland, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church). For more information and resources visit their website.
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