Most organisations arranging hustings or printing election-related news sheets went to print weeks ago. They only included candidates they knew or found on websites long before close of Nominations on 09 April. Close of Nominations is the day candidates turn legit – when you go live. Or it should be. Publicity arranged prior to that day would only include about two-thirds, maybe fewer, of the candidates.
To help voters have a more rounded view of all candidates in future, I wonder whether for the next election the Electoral Commission should advertise its rules and obligations for hustings organisers, and the like, at least a month before the dissolution of Parliament, spelled out across all media platforms, repeatedly?
Hustings aside, I prefer meeting constituents face-to-face, having a good chat, learning your priorities directly, and talking through what you see the solutions as being.
So over the next few days, I want to catch up with as many of you as possible in person, around and about in Walthamstow. But if I can’t see you in person, please do just get in touch online to have a chat. #vote4ellie
Contact your local vol orgs like Oxfam (ask if they have a local campaigning group). Mind, Mencap, Age Concern. Ask if they are organising any local events for PPCs or whether they’d like an independent speaker for an upcoming event…..