Hustings are being hosted by churches around the borough as we lead up to the election. Steve Calder, minister of Brandon Baptist in Camberwell, sent his report of the recent hustings gathering held there;
“On a warm spring evening, people from across Peckham and Camberwell came to Brandon Baptist Church for a hustings: to listen to the vision and plans of various candidates to be the MP for the constituency.
Candidates from the Greens, Labour, the Conservatives, UKIP and the National Health Action Party were all present. A retired LibDem councillor represented his party as their candidate had a commitment elsewhere.
The hustings was respectfully but firmly chaired by Tim Watkins-Idle and questions were submitted beforehand and grouped together around the major issues: health, education, housing, the economy etc. Some more specific questions were also thrown in, such as the current law regarding indefinite adult detention for immigration purposes.
At the end of the two-hour event, someone noted how polite this hustings had been in comparison with others they had attended. Judging by the number of people staying around to chat afterwards, it would appear that it also engaged people in talking about the issues surrounding the forthcoming General Election.”
Watch this space and be sure to look our for opportunities to engage your church in prayer for and discussion with those who would aspire to lead in political office, in particular on key issues that will impact our borough.