Tuesday 31 May / 7.30 p.m. / NCI Sports and Social Club, 1 Holland Street, Cambridge CB4 3DL
This meeting, sponsored by the Cambridgeshire National Union of Teachers association, is a chance for us to question the Cambridge parliamentary candidates on all matters related to school education, including the crucial one of funding. The Institute for Fiscal Studies recently calculated that the governing Conservative Party's plans imply a cut of 3 per cent in real terms by 2021/22, rising to 7 per cent if the last two years' austerity cuts are included (see for example the report of the Daily Telegraph for 26 May).
Wednesday 17 May / 7.45 p.m. / Emmanuel United Reformed Church, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RR
Local groups Cambridge City Amnesty, Cambridge Convoy Refugee Action Group, Cambridge Refugee Resettlement Campaign, Cambridge Stand Up to Racism, and Cambridgeshire Hope Not Hate will hold a joint hustings on their campaigning concerns of rights, racism, and refugees with four parliamentary candidates: John Hayward (for the Conservative Party), Julian Huppert (for the Liberal Democrats), Stuart Tuckwood (for the Green Party), and Daniel Zeichner (for the Labour Party).Read more
Tuesday 25 April / 6.30 p.m. / Friends' Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8BA
Our friends in The Cambridge Commons have organized a hustings with the candidates for mayor of the new Cambridgeshire and Peterborough combined authority, on the key issue of inequality. To our city's shame, it was identified as the most unequal in Britain in the Centre for Cities' annual Cities Outlook report for 2017.Read more
Monday 13 April / 7.30 p.m. / Wesley Centre Nave, Wesley Methodist Church, Christ's Pieces, Cambridge CB1 1LG
This event wasn't quite finalized when we noted some forthcoming Cambridge hustings events last week, but our close allies in Cambridge Keep Our NHS Public will hold their own hustings on Monday 13 April, examining the parliamentary candidates' views on the ongoing privatization of the NHS and its consequences. The candidates will be Chamali Fernando (Conservative Party), Julian Huppert (Liberal Democrats), Rupert Read (Green Party), and Daniel Zeichner (Labour Party).
The Cambridge People's Assembly draws members from at least six political parties, and from the majority who don't belong to any. Since the only thing on which we necessarily agree is that austerity is ruinous and must be defeated, we won't support any candidate for any political office. Rather we came together to support political action outside the structures of government, by trade unions, community and student organizations, and all others working under the word solidarity.
That doesn't leave us as bystanders when the politics of office press most urgently, as they will in the weeks before the general election on 7 May. We think the argument against austerity has to be carried into the election campaign wherever possible – so we're pleased to be involved in some of the hustings events below.Read more