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Mayoral Elections 2024 – How to organise a hustings (Friends of the Earth)

Join our free workshop to plan exciting and engaging hustings for candidates in the run up to Mayoral elections on Thursday 2 May.

On Thursday 2 May, nearly half of England’s adult population will be able to vote in Mayoral elections across the country.

The elected candidate will have significant powers and resources to tackle the challenges of climate change, nature loss and social justice. From transport and housing to green skills and jobs, they will play a crucial part in ensuring sustainable communities.

Over the next couple of months, Local Action Groups around the country will be challenging the Mayoral candidates to explain what they will do to meet these challenges.

Election hustings are a great opportunity to publicly scrutinise candidates and secure commitments to ambitious actions.

This webinar will explain what hustings are, why they are important and what you need to do to ensure your hustings are effective and engaging.

Register your (free) place via Eventbrite.

Who is this training for?  

Friends of the Earth Local Action Groups, community groups and individuals campaigning for action on climate change, nature loss and social justice in the following areas:

  • East Midlands
  • Greater Manchester
  • Liverpool City Region
  • London
  • North East England
  • South Yorkshire
  • Tees Valley
  • West Midlands
  • West Yorkshire
  • York and North Yorkshire

This webinar complements our Campaigning in an Election Period training.

Why attend? 
By the end of this webinar, you will have gained confidence in being able to organise successful hustings for your Mayoral elections and know what support Friends of the Earth will be providing to groups engaged in this important opportunity.


What to expect/agenda  
You can expect a mix of Powerpoint presentations and breakout group discussions with plenty of practical advice. You’ll hear from groups who have run successful hustings in previous elections to learn from their experience.

Your hosts/facilitators 

Mike Birkin – South West Campaign Organiser, Friends of the Earth

Simon Bowens – Yorkshire Campaign Organiser, Friends of the Earth

Accessibility: During this webinar we will use Zoom, Powerpoint and breakout rooms and Jam boards.

In addition we have the follow processes in place to support accessibility

  • Closed Captions on zoom
  • If you require a palantypist or a BSL interpreter  please contact two weeks before the training and we will aim to book an expert this service. If there are no available palantypists or BSL interpreters, we will work with you to do whatever we can to support your engagement in the training.
  • All PowerPoint presentations have ALT text for images and pictures
  • PowerPoints and handouts will be emailed prior to training for use with screen readers
  • We welcome carers and support workers to attend training alongside any participants. Please let us know when registering so we can ensure that you are paired in any breakout rooms etc.

Please let us know via the booking form if you have any other accessibility requirements or alternatively you can email us on to talk to us about it.

Recording : We will record this event, so even if you can’t attend, you can register to receive this shortly after.


Event Details

Location Online
Start Wednesday 21 Feb 2024 7:00pm
Finish Wednesday 21 Feb 2024 8:15pm
Organised by Friends of the Earth

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