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 firstname.lastname@example.org and the deadline for submission is Friday April 15th.