Herne Hill Forum have run many hustings for both general and local elections over the years (a hustings is a public meeting for election candidates to answer questions put by their potential constituents). December 2019 saw a rather unexpected snap general election and a hustings was organised with only a few weeks notice.
Despite the winter weather and short notice, Herne Hill folk turned out in huge numbers to quiz the candidates on 3rd December: we welcomed representatives from Labour (MP Helen Hayes), the Green Party (Jonathan Bartley), the Conservatives (Jane Lyons) and the Christian People’s Alliance (Anthony Hodgson).
As expected, much of the debate centred around the critical issue of the day, Brexit, but many other issues of local concern were raised, including Kings College Hospital and NHS funding, public transport and air pollution.
It was a lively but good-natured debate, and the candidates expressed their thanks to Herne Hill residents for the thoughtful and serious questions put forward. The Forum are glad to see that democracy is alive and well in SE24, but that controversial issues can be discussed in a positive and civilised way.
Thanks as always goes to the Baptist Church on Half Moon Lane who were our hosts for this event.