Paul Nathanail writes: A hustings, according to my Bing search (other search engines exist), is ”a meeting at which candidates in an election address potential voters”.
Four years ago when I stood as a candidate in the local elections,I had thought there would have been a hustings where I could have aired my thoughts; sadly there was no hustings for the local elections.
So this time round, I and a couple of friends thought we’d like to hear from the nine candidates who have generously put themselves forward to serve our community and the wider Broxtowe area. Invitations were sent out, a date and a venue secured.
All three Liberal Democrat candidates made themselves available.
Two of the three labour candidates were travelling and could not change their plans but the third was willing to take part.
All three Conservative candidates declined to take part, apparently preferring instead to spend the couple of hours the hustings would have taken, canvassing residents in the firm belief that this is the best way to communicate with potential voters.
So neither Bramcote nor I will see a hustings this time round either.
A big thank you to all the candidates for considering the invitation and my apologies to those who were willing to take part. May be next time.