Manchester residents will have an opportunity to quiz the candidates standing in the Manchester Central by-election at a hustings at 6pm for 6.30pm on Tuesday 6 November at the Friends Meeting House .
The by-election was triggered when Tony Lloyd MP stepped down in order to stand for election as Greater Manchester’s Police Commissioner, and will take place on Thursday 15 November.
Manchester Friends of the Earth  and Greater Manchester 4 Greater Democracy  have organised the event to give residents the chance to put questions to the candidates and hear their visions for the future of Manchester.
Nine of the ten candidates standing in the by-election have agreed to attend the hustings , which will be chaired by former BBC NW Political Editor, Jim Hancock.
Ali Abbas, Manchester Friends of the Earth’s lead climate campaigner, said:
“We’re delighted so many of the candidates are joining us on Tuesday. We look forward to hearing their views on the big challenges that face us, from building a fairer economy to tackling climate change.”
Peter Davidson, coordinator of the local Unlock Democracy group, said:
“Negativity in politics now seems commonplace; this event represents a positive chance for ordinary voters to directly challenge those seeking to represent them in Parliament on the issues that matter to them.”
The event is free, and open to all Manchester Central residents. Doors open at 6pm, and the hustings will begin at 6.30pm. Anyone that can’t attend is invited to submit questions via Facebook at http://on.fb.me/RPrzFY
Contacts for comment
Ali Abbas, Manchester Friends of the Earth, 07786 090520
Peter Davidson, Unlock Democracy, 07899 668274
Notes to editor
- The hustings is at 6pm for 6.30pm on Tuesday 6 November at the Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS.
- Manchester Friends of the Earth is an award-winning environmental campaign group, raising awareness and lobbying for policy changes at a local, regional, national and international level. The group consists entirely of volunteers, and its campaigns are funded by membership fees and individual donations. Up-to-date information is available on the group’s website: www.manchesterfoe.org.uk. Manchester Friends of the Earth is a Licensed Local Group of Friends of the Earth, England, Wales and Northern Ireland.Manchester Friends of the Earth has endorsed Manchester: A Certain Future, an action plan for the city of Manchester to cut its carbon emissions by at least 41% by 2020. For more information, visit www.manchesterclimate.com
- Greater Manchester 4 Greater Democracy is an alliance of Democratic Renewal Campaigns:
- Take Back Parliament (www.takebackparliament.org) is a non-aligned coalition of democracy advocates arguing for a fairer voting system and a more accurate representation of the public will in Parliament.
- Established in 1884 and renamed the Electoral Reform Society in 1958, it is the world’s oldest organisation concerned with elections and political reform. The Society’s core mission is to campaign for the adoption of Single Transferable Vote (STV) in all public elections: www.electoral-reform.org.uk
- Unlock Democracy (www.unlockdemocracy.org.uk) is an independently funded, national non-party aligned pressure group, campaigning for greater democracy, an informed populace and citizens’ rights. A local Unlock Democracy group has been active in the Greater Manchester area (originally under the banner of Charter88) for more than a decade, seeking to inform their fellow Mancunians and foster increased engagement in the democratic political process.
- The following candidates have agreed to attend: Chris CASSIDY (UKIP), Peter CLIFFORD (Communist League), Alex DAVIDSON (Trade Unionist & Socialist Coalition), Tom DYLAN (Green Party), Lee HOLMES (People’s Democratic Party), Loz KAYE (Pirate Party), Lucy POWELL (Labour), Marc RAMSBOTTOM (Liberal Democrats), Matthew SEPHTON (Conservative).