ELECTION CANDIDATES ASK TO SEE HUSTINGS QUESTIONS A WEEK IN ADVANCE

Four of the six candidates contesting the Cardiff South and Penarth constituency will appear in a Cyrun hust5ings meeting on April 24th - but are said to be demanding to know the questions in advance.

Four of the six candidates contesting the Cardiff South and Penarth constituency will appear in a Cytun public hustings meeting in Tabernacle Church Penarth on April 24th – but are said to be demanding to know the questions a week in advance. Two candidates haven’t been invited.

Candidates contesting the Cardiff South and Penarth constituency in next month’s Welsh Assembly elections are apparently demanding to know in advance what questions they will be asked in a public hustings meeting to be held by Cytun (Churches Together in Penarth) on Sunday April 24th

Cytun  has staged public hustings meetings in Penarth before – including a disastrously badly-organised event in 2010 – but this will be the first time it has organised a hustings in the run-up to a Welsh Assembly election.

Cytun  has listed the participation in its hustings of  Vaughan Gething (Labour), Ben Gray (Conservative), Dafydd Trystan Davies (Plaid Cymru) and Anthony Slaughter (Wales Green Party) but seems not to have extended an invitation to UKIP’s  candidate Moelwyn Hughes  or to the Lib Dem Candidate Nigel Howells.

It’s not the first time Cytun has arbitrarily failed to invite a candidate. In last year’s general election it did not invite the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition candidate Ross Saunders to either of its hustings events because of “constraints on space”.

Cytun say that it wants members of the public to submit by email any questions they wish to ask its four chosen candidates by Friday April 15th – even though the hustings event isn’t being held until more than a week later.

Cytun chairman Anne Niblett says the candidates  “want to know when they are going to have the questions”  and has emphasised that they  need to see the questions well in advance of the hustings meeting itself which is being held at Tabernacle Church at 14.30 on April 24th.

The email address for the submission of questions is ann.niblett@tabspenarth.org.uk and the deadline for submission is  Friday April 15th.

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9 Responses to ELECTION CANDIDATES ASK TO SEE HUSTINGS QUESTIONS A WEEK IN ADVANCE

  1. Jane Foster says:

    Cytun? Tabernacle? Nope, count me out. Far too insular for my likings.

  2. Just to be clear. I haven’t requested to see any questions in advance. Within reason I think Assembly candidates should be able to answer whatever questions come from the audience without any prior notice.

  3. Christopher David says:

    Boycott- if not all invited its biased. Then its Cytun- they’re not even relevant. They peddle religion so are to be treated with suspicion. Yes- far to insular. Well said D Trystan. It all a set up allowing a suspect group to peddle its own agenda and propaganda.

  4. Ian Perry says:

    Hustings are generally poorly attended. Many questions are generated on the day when candidates give incomplete answers to questions – or news breaks.

    Between the 15th and 24th, many things are possible. However, the public will not be able to ask a question relevant to the election, based on the news items of the day. It does seem that this controlled hustings event is likely to be extremely boring and not what many people want…

    At a similar event last year, held within a church, questions had to be submitted on arrival… When a candidate gave an incredibly “unchristian” answer, it was not possible for a member of the public to challenge them, by questioning, or any other (non-disruptive) means. I do regret not standing up an voicing my disgust at that candidate.

    Churches should not be involved in politics.

  5. Ben Gray says:

    I would also like to note that I have not requested to see any questions in advance and agree with Dafydd Trystan’s comment that within reason Assembly Candidates should be able to answer whatever questions come from the audience without prior notice.

  6. Peter Church says:

    What exactly has God got to do with this election?

  7. annniblett says:

    To put the record straight. No party has been excluded. The four mentioned are the ones who have accepted.

    • newsnet says:

      The Cytun email said “The candidates from Labour, Conservative, Plaid and Green parties will be present to answer questions”. There was no mention of the other two.

  8. Christopher David says:

    Exactly Mr Church although its god(s)- no caps surely. House of Lords pop 850 has a fair amount of god squad who are there for no discernible- well rational reason as well. From their side of things big clothes & “staff” allowance must be an attraction thought.

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