February 2012

Edinburgh Council election hustings

The Spokes Spring public meeting on Thursday 29 March will be a hustings for the May 3rd Edinburgh Council elections…

Speakers/candidates will be…

  • Con – Cllr Cameron Rose [Spokes member]
  • Green – Cllr Steve Burgess [currently Green transport spokesperson]
  • Lab – Cllr Lesley Hinds [currently Labour transport spokesperson]
  • LibDem – Cllr Gordon Mackenzie [currently Edinburgh’s Transport Convener]
  • SNP – Cllr Alasdair Rankin

Where:  Augustine United Church, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh

When: Thursday 29 March, 7.30pm – doors open 6.45 for coffee, stall and chat

Format:  We will use the very successful format of our Scottish Parliament hustings in March 2011, where the audience splits into groups and the candidates spend 10 mins or so in each group.  This gives you a much greater chance to engage with the politicians than the normal format of a speaker panel sitting on the platform and a limited number of questions from the floor.

The meeting will begin with the candidates giving short talks, from the platform, on their party’s concerns and commitments on cycling and any related transport policy issues they wish to mention, after which we will split into groups as above.

For more information see our hustings poster [pdf 141k].  Members will be sent a poster (and extra copies where requested) with their Spring mailing but you can also download this one, print it, and put up in local shops, your workplace etc.


** We issued a Spokes Manifesto to all parties currently represented on Edinburgh Council, in the hope that some of the points would be included in party manifestos.   Since then, Edinburgh Council has passed its 2012/13 budget with its ground-breaking decision on cycling investment, so please ask all your candidates if their party will also maintain that new council policy throughout the period of the next council.

** Once party manifestos are issued we will do a further website article, will notify emailable Spokes members, and will also list any Spokes members known to be standing in the election (tell us if you are one).

** There’s more about the elections, and a discussion about the value of manifestos, in forthcoming Spokes Bulletin 112.




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