Getting Climate Change onto the Political Agenda: Snap Election Hustings Resources

2015 Sheffield environment hustings. Green, Labour and UKIP candidates found common ground in uniting against an increasingly 'wasteful' society to tackle climate change and other related issues.

2015 Sheffield environment hustings. Green, Labour and UKIP candidates found common ground in uniting against an increasingly 'wasteful' society to tackle climate change and other related issues.

Parliament will be officially dissolved on the 3rd May following the Prime Minister's surprise announcement last Tuesday. All current MPs will become candidates fighting to retain their seat and opinion polls do not currently look hopeful for the main opposition.

With Brexit, immigration and the economy likely to dominate the debate, how can we get climate change onto the political agenda?

Hustings are a unique opportunity usually only available every half a decade which encourage open political debate about the issues that matter most to the local community. Candidates showcase their values and vision for if they are successful in their election campaigns. A climate focused hustings will enable candidates to learn more about related issues, to make promises to which they are accountable, and ultimately will allow the audience to make a more informed choice about their vote on an issue that matters to them.

The upheaval of the last two years in British politics underlines the importance of constituent engagement in ongoing political debate. A weaker opposition creates a greater need for constituents to hold their MPs to account and to give them an insight into the issues that are above party politics and spanning more than one election term.

Read Hope for the Future's election hustings resources. Make sure to keep checking back as we update them.

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