FCE hosted a General Election Equality Hustings with the aim of giving members of the community the opportunity to question Fife candidates on a range of themes and topics. Hustings, or Q&A sessions, are public meetings organised to give voters a better understanding of how different political parties would tackle equality issues that matter to them.
On our panel were four representatives: James Calder (Scottish Liberal Democrats), Dave Dempsey (Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party), Lesley Laird (Scottish Labour) and Roger Mullin (Scottish National Party) and the session was chaired by Leah Ganley, our Information and Communications Officer.
Opening introductions dived straight into equality topics, with candidates highlighting that the event was a welcome occasion to not only focus on #IndyRef2 or party-bashing but to discuss the equality implications of Brexit, changes in UK immigration, erosion of disability rights, global LGBT discrimination, gender bias, the rape clause and the issue of lack of diversity in politics.
All candidates’ introductory statements: Brexit, Independence, EU, history but only one addressing equalities @LesleyLaird #fcehustings
- Judy Hamilton @judyinfife
Our volunteer Mary kicked off Q&A with her question about inclusive politicalrepresentation. #fcehustings #GE2017
- Nina Munday @FCE_Nina
@jCalderLibDem “I am ashamed of our country on the way we are dealing with the Refugee crisis. I think we can way more” #fcehustings
- Dunfermline Lib Dems @DunfLibDems
#fcehustings #GE2017 Dave Dempsey Conservatives – Tories must be the party of the many, as Tories are the party in power.
- Bill Mair @Filosofo1961
Good to talk about equalities. Thanks to everyone who came along and asked questions. Democracy in action. #fcehustings @theSNP
- Roger Mullin @RogMull
Thanks to Colin Johnston from K107 radio, the whole session was recorded and will be broadcasted on Thursday 1 June at 8pm this evening (to listen online / live go to http://www.k107.co.uk/ – you can also listen on mobile at https://myradiostream.com/mobile/k107fm).
Please note we will also make available a video recording of the session – with a note thanks to Craig Duncan who took part in our previous Fife Council Local Election Equality Hustings and volunteered to film the event. Watch this space for updates!