Hustings for an equal council

Tomorrow (18th April) is your very last day to get registered to vote in the council elections on 3rd May. You’ve got till 5pm.

There were two hustings tomorrow. But the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce “Business Hustings” with all the party leaders on 18th April has been cancelled. (Contact them for information.) The other hustings, hosted by the Federation of Small Businesses and the Evening News, has all male candidates the panellists are: Jeremy Balfour (Conservative), Tom Buchanan (SNP), Andrew Burns (Labour), Tim McKay (Lib. Dem), and Chas Booth (Scottish Green Party). It’s in Bread Street from 6pm and may require a ticket for admission.

On Thursday 19th April there are four hustings:

Edinburgh’s Active Citizenship Group will host a hustings on 7-9pm at Riddles Court, 332 Lawnmarket. Joanna Mowat (Conservative) is the only woman attending. From other parties: Alasdair Rankin (SNP) and Iain Coleman (LibDems) from City Centre ward; Ricky Henderson (Labour) of the Pentland Hills ward and Steve Burgess (Green) of Southside/Newington Ward. Lesley Riddoch was to chair this but she’s unable to attend: instead BBC Radio Scotland presenter Colin Mackay will chair.

The Broughton Spurtle is hosting Leith Walk hustings at St Mary’s Parish Church, Bellevue Crescent, from 7–9.15pm. Representatives from all parties have been asked to attend: on Leith Walk Ward, three out of the four incumbents are women, and those are the only three women standing: Deirdre L Brock, SNP; Angela Blacklock, Labour, and Maggie Chapman, Scottish Green.

Also on Thursday at 7:30pm the Craigleith Blackhall Community Council‘s local government election hustings for Inverleith ward in Blackhall St. Columba’s Church on Queensferry Road. The only woman standing in that ward is Lesley Hinds (Labour).

And also for Thursday at 6:30-8pm, Edinburgh Reporter lists a local hustings at Hays Business Centre (4 Hay Ave, EH16 4AQ). This is in Portobello/Craigmillar ward. The only woman standing is Maureen Child (Labour).

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