Wednesday, 06 November 2019 10:46

Election hustings arranged for Chipping Barnet Featured

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Parish administrator Tony Long (left) with the rector, Father Chris Ferris, in their office in Church House Parish administrator Tony Long (left) with the rector, Father Chris Ferris, in their office in Church House
Barnet parish church of St John the Baptist is to host an evening hustings meeting for the general election on Thursday 5 December for candidates in the Chipping Barnet parliamentary constituency.

So far there are four declared candidates for polling day on Thursday 12 December:

Theresa Villiers, Secretary of State for the Environment, who was first elected as Conservative MP for Chipping Barnet in 2005, and who is seeking re-election.

Emma Whysall, the Labour candidate, who stood in Chipping Barnet in the 2015 general election, and who came within 353 votes of winning the seat.

Isabelle Amanda Parasram, who is standing for the Liberal Democrats.

David Farbey, Green Party candidate.

A healthy democracy gives people the opportunity
to ask questions of their representatives...

The hustings meeting, which will start at 7.30pm, is being arranged by rector of the parish church, Father Chris Ferris, who chaired proceedings at the hustings held before the 2017 general election.

Once the full list of candidates is known in mid-November, the parish church will invite residents to submit questions which will then be marshalled by the parish administrator, Tony Long.

This will be the third hustings organised by Chris Ferris who became rector in 2014 and who believes that providing a platform for a dialogue among political opponents in the constituency is an important role for the parish church.

“The Church of England is the established church of the land and we have a responsibility to facilitate democracy and what better venue than the parish church which is the focal point of High Barnet.

“A healthy democracy gives people the opportunity to ask questions of their representatives.

“In a very fractured and divided society we need to come together to learn how to disagree well and the church can provide a platform for dialogue among political opponents.”

Once an email account has been established, the parish church will invite questions.

Questions for the hustings can be emailed in advance to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Other key dates:

  • The deadline to register to vote is midnight on Tuesday 26 November (5pm deadline for postal votes).
  • Deadline to apply for a proxy vote is 5pm Tuesday 4 December.
  • Nomination papers for all prospective candidates must be submitted to returning officers before 4pm on Thursday 14 November.

  

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