Church of Scotland to host politicians at hustings event

By agency reporter
May 17, 2017

The Church of Scotland will hold a public hustings event during its annual General Assembly with representatives from the five main political parties.

People's Politics: GE 2017 will be open to the 900 commissioners attending the annual gathering in Edinburgh as well as to the general public. The Moderator Designate, the  Rev Dr Derek Browning will chair the discussion.

The five political parties at People's Politics: GE 2017 will be represented by:

  • · Ian Blackford (Scottish National Party)
  • · Iain Gray (Scottish Labour)
  • · Patrick Harvie (Scottish Green Party)
  • · Alex Cole-Hamilton (Scottish Liberal Democrat)
  • · Jeremy Balfour (Scottish Conservative

The event, which will take place from 4:30pm-6pm on Wednesday 24 May in the General Assembly Hall, will present the politicians with three personal stories via short videos.

Each of the 90-second clips will end with a question for the panel, followed by an opportunity for audience members to ask their own questions.

The videos will feature: the Rev Anita Stutter talking about the impact of Brexit on EU nationals; Deborah Leddie, from the non-profit WEvolution, discussing her experience of the welfare system; and the Rev Tamu Ina Maramba from Sumba, Indonesia talking about climate change.

The Rev Dr Richard Frazer said: "So much has changed in the political world over recent years that people are left uncertain and frequently anxious and divided about what the future might hold.

"As the General Election approaches it is more important than ever that we model a different type of politics, a politics that listens to the voices of those whose voice often goes unheard.

"This People's Politics event is an opportunity for our politicians and for all of us to hear these voices and collectively consider how we can work towards a society in which all may flourish and encounter life in all its fullness."

* Tickets are available from Eventbrite  here:  People's Politics: GE 2017

* Church of Scotland


Ekklesia's General Election theme for 2017 is #Vote4CommonGood. This will be explored by writers and researchers from different perspectives and backgrounds, as well as analysis of the different party manifestos in relation to the principles and policies we have advocated for many years.

Although the views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent the views of Ekklesia, the article may reflect Ekklesia's values. If you use Ekklesia's news briefings please consider making a donation to sponsor Ekklesia's work here.