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Holyrood and the BMA Scotland’s Health Hustings

The COVID-19 pandemic has posed the greatest challenge to our health and social care system in recent history. As we approach the 2021 Scottish Parliamentary elections, now is an ideal opportunity to think about what we want from our health and care system moving forward; how the challenges around recruitment and retention can be addressed; and how we can ensure staff are appropriately valued, protected and supported. Join Holyrood and the BMA Scotland’s Health Hustings on 19th April to discuss these issues and more. Hear from representatives from each party on the steps they believe need to be taken to ensure a recovery that works for staff and patients alike.

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CRER Race Equality Scottish Parliament Election Hustings

Representatives from Scotland’s political parties will be asked and questioned about their parties commitments to advance race equality in Scotland.

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Youth Hustings

Canal Youth Forum and Springburn Youth Forum are hosting a Youth Hustings for young people aged 25 and under.

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Housing in Glasgow Kelvin

OPEN TO ALL RESIDENTS On April 19th, we’re inviting the Glasgow Kelvin candidates for the Holyrood 2021 election to take part in a virtual hustings by Living Rent Partick. Come along to help hold our politicians to account and challenge them directly on issues around housing in the area.

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2021 Energy Elections Hustings.

At this online hustings event we will explore how each of Scotland’s political parties will seek to ensure that our future energy system is low-carbon, and their respective positions on energy consumer issues.

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Holyrood and SFE

Scotland is home to one of Europe’s leading financial services centres. As a result of its highly adaptable and skilled workforce, a number of global companies have invested in Scotland and created jobs. Scotland also has a competitive advantage in energy production and natural capital, and with COP26 being in held in Glasgow this year, 2021 will be a pivotal year for green finance in Scotland. As we emerge from the pandemic and adjust to life outside of the EU, Scotland’s financial sector has a vital role in achieving a fair, green and inclusive recovery. Join Holyrood and SFE as we discuss the challenges in the future, particularly climate change, but also opportunities for the sector to make a positive impact on society with representatives from across the political spectrum.

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Glasgow Disability Alliance

Hear from the main political parties who are standing in the forthcoming Holyrood elections in May 2021 at our online hustings.

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Dundee Pensioners' Forum Hustings

The panel will consist of candidates from Scottish Labour, Scottish Liberal Democrats, SNP, Scottish Conservatives, Scottish Greens and TUSC.

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Shared Futures Election Hustings

This is set to be a historic election, as formerly disenfranchised groups such as refugees and some prisoners will have the right to vote for the first time in a Scottish Parliamentary Election. In advance of the election, Shared Futures have invited candidates from the major political parties to join the panel at a hustings event on Tuesday, 20th April. Panel members will be announced in mid-April. The panel will be taking questions from local community groups on equality issues impacting the North East that are key to Shared Futures' work, namely: Brexit, Gypsy/Travellers, New Scots & refugees in the Aegean Islands, and No Recourse to Public Funds.

Glasgow Hospitality Hustings

Please email your questions to our Branch Chair - Caitlin Alexandria Lee on Caitlin.Lee@unitetheunion.org https://twitter.com/GlasgowUnite/status/...

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Galloway and West Dumfries

Dumfries & Galloway Chamber of Commerce are holding a series of virtual hustings ahead of the 2021 Scottish Elections. The first of these events focusing on the Galloway and West Dumfries seat, takes place on Tuesday April 20th 2021.

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Human and Digital Rights hustings

Covid-19, Brexit, and the rollout of new technologies present new challenges to our fundamental rights, both on and offline. Voters in Scotland will soon go to the polls to have their say on these issues and many more. But what do the parties have to say about them? Join us for a live-streamed candidate hustings, jointly organised by Amnesty Scotland and Open Rights Group Scotland, focused on questioning political parties’ policies on a variety of Human and Digital Rights issues. Find out where your candidates and parties stand on important issues like the role of the Human Rights Act in Scotland’s pandemic recovery and the use of digital surveillance technologies by Police Scotland.

The Spurtle Hustings Event for Edinburgh Northern and Leith

Online hustings event for the 5 candidates in the May 2021 elections for the Scottish Parliament.

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Scotland’s cycling and sustainable travel hustings

Hosted by Cycling UK in Scotland and Pedal on Parliament

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Argyll & Bute Constituency Climate Hustings

An opportunity to ask our MSP candidates questions about climate and the environment, and hear their plans for climate action. We have four main questions for the candidates.

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Stirling - Equality Hustings

We have invited representatives from all parties and individuals who are standing for Stirling constituency. This online event offers constituents in Stirling the opportunity to meet representatives from Scotland’s political parties and ask questions about their parties’ commitments to address race equality issues in Scotland. by Central Scotland Regional Equality Council

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Holyrood Education Hustings

In the run up to the parliamentary election, join Holyrood’s Education Hustings to discuss these important issues. With input from representatives working across the political spectrum, we will explore what the future of Scottish education could, and should, look like.

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Business Community

This will be an excellent opportunity to enable the Scottish business community to make informed decisions on how they will vote having heard from each party. We are very grateful to Ken Symon for agreeing to chair the event and to each party representative for taking the time to join us at this event.

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Care Hustings

Scottish Care is pleased to host a virtual hustings forum on Wednesday 21st April from 13:00 – 14:00 ahead of Scottish Parliamentary Elections on May 6th. At the event, we will be joined by political party health representatives of the major parties who have existing parliamentary seats. Each party representative will be invited to briefly share their perspectives on social care, reflecting on the past year and priorities for the next Parliament. We will then hold an open Q and A session. This is your opportunity to quiz prospective parliamentarians on matters that concern you most.

Hustings on the Armed Forces and Veterans Community

Veterans Scotland will be hosting a virtual hustings on-line; we believe that this is the first event of this type that will focus on the Armed Forces and Veterans Community. The event will take the form of an MS Teams Live Event.

Royal College of General Practitioners

The event will be an opportunity for RCGP Scotland members to hear from representatives of the major political parties in Scotland on their priorities for general practice and healthcare in the forthcoming Scottish Parliament elections. Attendees will also have the opportunity to submit questions to candidates in advance of the event on issues relating to general practice. This promises to be a lively event, which will provide an insight on political priorities for general practice over the coming years and will help to raise the profile of general practice to political parties as we enter into the 2021 Scottish Parliamentary elections.

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Hunterston Hustings 2021

The debate will centre around industrial development and environmental protection of the Hunterston peninsula. Against the backdrop of a climate emergency, economic recovery post covid and political lobbying from private companies. What is the position of our potential electorate? Confirmed attendance from all the main parties.

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Easterhouse

Tweeddale hustings

Tweedgreen, the local sustainability group, and the Tweeddale Peace Group are hosting an online hustings for the constituency candidates on Wednesday 21st April at 7.30. The questions will focus on climate, peace and justice. Please email tweedgreenpeebles@googlemail.com for the zoom link, and to submit questions.

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Climate Hustings

Hear what the candidates for the upcoming Scottish Parliament election are planning to do about the Climate and Ecological Emergency by Deeside CAN

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Virtual Business Hustings - Dunbartonshire

In the countdown to the Scottish election this is a valuable opportunity for businesses to hear from key candidates from the main parties being represented.

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Neurological Alliance of Scotland

One in five people in Scotland live with a neurological condition and the Neurological Alliance of Scotland is an alliance of 50 neurological charities who work across a broad spectrum of conditions, from ataxia to Tourette’s.

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Economy (CBI Scotland)

Putting the economy at the centre of the debate With the Holyrood election fast approaching and being described by many as the most important since devolution, CBI Scotland is partnering with ScottishPower to host a debate on the key challenges and opportunities facing Scotland’s economy. From rebuilding the economy from the devastating impact of the pandemic, to tackling the climate crisis and reskilling our workforce for the jobs of the future, there has never been a more important time to ensure the business voice is heard at Holyrood. The economy-focussed hustings will give you the opportunity to hear senior representatives from all of Holyrood’s main parties outline their vision for the future of the Scottish economy. There will also be a chance to ask questions and raise key business priorities. Representatives from the media will also be invited to attend.

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Home building hustings

With the Scottish Parliament election taking place on 6 May, we are delighted to confirm a special home building hustings for members, providing the opportunity for you to directly question representatives of each of the main parties on their policies in relation to the delivery of new housing.

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Stirling Third Sector Hustings

Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise have organised this Hustings to give third sector organisation representatives the opportunity to have their say, meet with local candidates, and exchange ideas. The discussions over an hour and a half, will hopefully help you to make an informed decision about where individual votes are going, and better understand candidates position on issues key to the third sector.

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Revive national hustings - grouse moor reform

This is your chance to quiz candidates from Scotland's 5 main political parties about where they stand on grouse moor reform.

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Basic Income Hustings

Basic Income Network Scotland are hosting a hustings event on April 22 to give candidates a chance to present their party's approach to a Universal Basic Income. 80 Holyrood candidates from six parties have already signed Basic Income Network Scotland's pledge promising to support Basic Income pilots if elected on 6 May.

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Muirhouse Hustings

A hustings for Edinburgh West constituency, specifically Muirhouse. Focusing on housing and community. Muirhouse is one of the poorest areas in Edinburgh and the poorest in this seat. Historically the community feel abandoned with poor housing, and problems engaging with the council around repairs. Also, there is a complete lack of services such as shops, cafes, pubs, places for people to meet, with nothing for children and young adults to do outside of school. The area, on the whole, is run down, with public play areas in a bad state of repair and drug paraphernalia scattered around. There is a lot of rubbish strewn around and the area is, quite frankly, depressing. We want to know what the candidates are willing to do to improve the lives of those who live in the Muirhouse community.

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Skye Climate Action

Ahead of the 2021 Scottish Parliament elections, Skye Climate Action is hosting a hustings to enable candidates to share their policies, particularly those on climate change. The next four years will be crucial in the fight against global heating. As representatives of an area which is already experiencing the impacts of the climate crisis, prospective MSPs must be ready to tackle the issue head-on. Representatives of all parties standing in the Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch constituency will be invited to take part.

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Glasgow Climate and Health Hustings

As the host of the COP26 climate talks this November, the city of Glasgow will be at the centre of a global discussion concerning the health of people and planet. It is crucial that we take this opportunity to promote a vision of a post-COVID recovery that both tackles the climate crisis and supports those most impacted by the crises we face. Join us on international Earth Day for our special election hustings, as healthcare workers in Glasgow grill candidates in the upcoming Scottish elections on their plans for a just and green recovery post-COVID!

Moving the Vote: Transport Conversations with the SNP (Other parties on other dates)

In advance of May's Scottish Parliament elections, we are hosting a series of online events to provide our members, the wider transport sector, and members of the public an opportunity to engage with spokespeople from the main political parties in Scotland. The fifth and final event in our series will be held on Friday 23 April when we welcome Michael Matheson MSP, the current Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity. Other parties: Conservative: https://transform.scot/blog/2021/02/17/m... Liberal Democrat: https://transform.scot/blog/2021/03/12/m... Labour: https://transform.scot/blog/2021/03/29/m... Green: https://transform.scot/blog/2021/04/09/m...

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H&I Hustings - Industry, Economy and Society, in balance with Environment

The Pebble Trust is pleased to host a hustings event for the Highlands & Islands Regional candidates.

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East Neuk

There will be a meeting on Zoom on Friday 23 April 7.00-8.30pm to hear from and ask questions of the election candidates for North East Fife – Rhuaraidh Fleming, Wendy Haines, Rhona Metcalfe and Willie Rennie. This is organised primarily for the East Neuk churches but all are welcome to join. When the time comes, please click the link below and follow the instructions to join the event: East Neuk SEC is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Online Election Hustings Time: Apr 23, 2021 07:00 PM London Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/95638332871 Meeting ID: 956 3833 2871

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Edinburgh Central and Southern Online Election Hustings

Gorgie Dalry Community Council, Merchiston Community Council, St Michaels’s Parish Church and Gorgie Dalry Stenhouse Church have jointly organised a participative online Election Hustings event, which will take place on Friday 23rd of April at 7:30pm. This event will cover two constituencies, Edinburgh Southern and Edinburgh Central. Rev John Conway will be moderating the event to ensure even-handed treatment between the candidates.

Upstart Scotland Hustings

A chance to hear how candidates from Scotland's main political parties intend to support our children and families until the age of 8. A unique opportunity to hear from those standing to become Members of the Scottish Parliament in the elections on 6 May 2021. Join Upstart Scotland for our Hustings as we find out how our parties intend to support our children and families until the age of 8. What do they plan to do to ensure that Scotland is the best place to grow up?

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NSPCC Scotland Virtual Hustings

NSPCC Scotland, supported by Children in Scotland, are hosting a virtual hustings focused on safeguarding and support in the early years. The event will stimulate a new conversation about the importance of investing in the early years in advance of the parliamentary elections. This is an opportunity for professionals working with very young children and families to ask politicians about their plans for the early years, if elected in May. Representatives from across the political spectrum will be taking part, including the Minister for Children and Young People, Maree Todd.

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Scottish Trade Union Congress Scottish Parliament Election Hustings

Action on Pay, Action on Care and Action for Jobs Join us at the Scottish Trade Union Congress Scottish Parliament Election Hustings on Monday 26th April at 6pm. Come along to hear from workers across Scotland as they share their stories and ask politicians what they will do to address the challenges facing workers today.

Peace Hustings

Join us on the Global Days of Action on Military Spending to ask your Holyrood candidates where they stand on issues of real security. Join Scottish anti-war organisations for an evening with Scottish Parliamentary election candidates from across the political spectrum and ask them where they stand on issues relating to peace and real security. Monday 26th April falls on one of the Global Days of Action on Military Spending and also the anniversary of the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl, we must mark these events by holding our candidates to account and ensure that any vote for them will supporter a more peaceful Scotland.

RCN Scotland (Royal College of Nursing)

Ahead of the next Scottish Parliament election in May we’re asking politicians to Protect the Future of Nursing. Our virtual hustings event is a great opportunity for members to raise the issues that important to you and ask representatives from each of the main political parties questions about their party’s priorities for health and care.

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Edinburgh Northern & Leith

Virtual Hustings over Zoom with the candidates in May's Holyrood Parliament MSP Election Hosted by Leith Churches Together Monday 26th April 2021 7 – 8 pm Join on Zoom via: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82929940250?pw... Meeting ID: 829 2994 0250 Passcode: 029792 Those without internet can also dial in on 0131 460 1196

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Dumfriesshire

Dumfries & Galloway Chamber of Commerce are holding a series of virtual hustings ahead of the 2021 Scottish Elections. The second of these events focusing on the Dumfriesshire seat, takes place on Tuesday April 27th 2021.

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Clackmannanshire and Dunblane - Equality Hustings

We have invited representatives from all parties and individuals who are standing for Clackmannanshire and Dunblane constituency. This online event offers constituents in Clackmannanshire and Dunblane the opportunity to meet representatives from Scotland’s political parties and ask questions about their parties’ commitments to address race equality issues in Scotland. by Central Scotland Regional Equality Council

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Sport & Health Hustings 2021

The Observatory for Sport in Scotland stages a Sport & Health Hustings putting questions to the five main political parties on the value of sport to Scotland's health and wellbeing, education and the economy - and recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. OSS Chief Executive and former journalist David Ferguson will pose the questins - send questions in advance to OSS Research Officer Ryan Brown, ryan@oss.scot. A video replay will be available to all who register for the event, even if they cannot participate at the time.

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The Govan Online Community - Scottish Parliamentary Election Hustings

The election on 6th May 2021 comes at the end of a Parliament like no other and just as world leaders join the road to Glasgow, where they'll plan to save the planet and forge a new, net zero economy at COP26. People and communities across Scotland are blethering about building back a better, fairer society, from a pandemic that has magnified the life limiting inequalities, vulnerabilities and poverty that persists in post-industrial Govan. All in the shadow of mounting debt and deficits. We invite Candidates from Scotland’s main political parties to explore how their manifesto pledges and priorities for the next Scottish Parliament will change Govan and improve the lives and lived experience of the people who call it home. JOBS - EDUCATION - HEALTH - ECONOMY - HOUSING - ENVIRONMENT - CRIME

Portobello Community Council

Portobello Community Council is arranging a hustings where we shall have the candidates for Edinburgh Eastern.

Fife Chamber

Scotland's economy and its businesses have been hit hard by Covid restrictions and it is crucial that the next Scottish Government and all the political parties make economic growth and business recovery a priority. The five main political parties fielding candidates in the May Scottish Parliament Election have been invited to send a representative to set out their economic policies.

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Falkirk Climate Hustings

The next few years are crucial for tackling the climate crisis and the Scottish election on May 6th will determine our MSPs and Government for the next 5 years. Join Friends of the Earth Falkirk and other local groups to hear from local candidates from each party about their plans to take action on climate change protect our environment.

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Falkirk West - Equality Hustings

We have invited representatives from all parties and individuals who are standing for Falkirk West constituency. This online event offers constituents in Falkirk West the opportunity to meet representatives from Scotland’s political parties and ask questions about their parties’ commitments to address race equality issues in Scotland. by Central Scotland Regional Equality Council

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