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'People's Politics' at Hustings Event

Tuesday March 29

The Church of Scotland is hosting a hustings event ‘with a difference’ this Monday (April 4).

Speak Out: People’s Politics will see leading politicians from the five main parties addressed by people at the sharp end of some of the issues facing Scotland. Among them will be a person struggling with poverty despite being in work, and another who feels dismissed by the school system because of the area she grew up in.

Once they have shared their stories there will be questions from the audience and discussion, before a chance for each of the party representatives to respond.

The panel will consist of Deputy First Minister John Swinney of the SNP, Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie, Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie and former Scottish Conservatives leader Annabel Goldie.

It will be chaired by the Moderator of the General Assembly, the Rt Rev Angus Morrison. He said: "I am excited to be chairing People's Politics because it will place the experiences of people who have had a raw deal at the very heart of our debate.

"As we move towards the 2016 Scottish elections this evening will inspire and inform our discussion while clearly demonstrating the Church's desire for a different sort of political debate."

The event takes place in the General Assembly Hall in Edinburgh on April 4, starting at 6.30pm and is free. You can register to attend through Eventbrite.

It will also be streamed live through the Church of Scotland website.

Scottish elections take place on May 5. The Scottish Churches Parliamentary Office has a guide for any churches wishing to host their own events.


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