Hundreds of residents attend University's General Election hustings
29 April 2015
Canterbury Christ Church University's Politics and International Relations programme is celebrating the success of the Meet the Candidates for the 2015 General Election hustings.
Hundreds of local residents and students attended the event on Friday evening to question the parliamentary candidates for Canterbury and Whitstable.
Candidates from six parties: Conservative, Green, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Socialist Party of Great Britain and UK Independence Party were given a minute to answer questions on topics such as immigration, the NHS, localism and the environment.
David Bates, Director of Politics and International Relations at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “Over 300 people attended the hustings on Friday which shows that Politics can engage all sections of society. The Making Politics Matter series, run by the Politics and International Relations programme, is proud to provide opportunities for the local community, as well as our students, to engage with local, national and international politics.
“The audience tweeted questions which were selected by the team and directed at the candidates, and they were fantastic. Equally, the candidate responses were very enlightening. The contest for Canterbury and Whitstable really is hotting up and we are pleased to be a part of such an interesting election.”
“We would like to thank our organising partners - Canterbury and District Inter-Faith Action (CADIFA), all six candidates, and the general public for making the evening such a success.”
The hustings event was organised and hosted as part of the Making Politics Matter initiative of the Politics and International Relations programme, and was run in partnership with Canterbury and District Inter-Faith Action.
Find out more about Making Politics Matter events.