14 April 2010

Election Hustings

The three main political parties have now unveiled their manifestos for the May 6th General Election and on Thursday, we can watch the first of the leaders’ debates live on television.

Amidst all the excitement (?), it’s easy to forget that there are local council elections taking place as well on May 6th which will have a direct impact on the way Forest Hill is run over the next few years.

Local Elections

If you want to find out more about what the parties have to offer local voters and challenge them on the issues that matter to you, please come along to the local council election hustings organised by the Sydenham and Forest Hill Societies.
This will be held on 22nd April at Sydenham High School, 7.30 pm
There will be one speaker from each of the main parties standing in our area.

Labour - Chris Best
Liberal Democrats - John Russell
Conservative - Ross Archer
Green - Jill Rutter

If you have any questions which you would like asked, please email Tim Lund of the Sydenham Society (timlundse26@googlemail.com) or submit them through the online hustings at Sydenham Town Forum http://Hustings.notlong.com

Residents of Sydenham ward can also listen to interviews with their candidates on Sydenham Community Radio Election Specials - broadcast on Thursdays, but available on their 'Listen Again'.

Parliamentary Candidates

Similarly, if you want to find out more about the people who want to represent Forest Hill in parliament, Churches Together in Sydenham and Forest Hill are organizing a (live!) 'general election forum' for the Lewisham West and Penge constituency. Candidates from the Conservative, Green, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties have agreed to take part. It will be held at 7.30 pm on Thursday 29 April at Living Springs International Church, Zoe House, 8-10 Devonshire Road, London SE23 3TJ (on the South Circular Road, just round the corner from Forest Hill station). There are more details on their website which also has a facility for submitting questions in advance. Everyone will be welcome.

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