During the period before a General Election, churches and community organisations often organise election meetings (sometimes known as hustings) where members of the public can listen to and ask questions of the candidates who are standing for election. They do this as a public service, to support the democratic process, to facilitate public debate and as a contribution to the common good. This opportunity for respectful discussion in a neutral space is often appreciated by candidates as well as voters.

View and download a guide to hosting a hustings

The guidance is in four sections:

  1. Getting started
  2. Different formats of election meetings
  3. The rules around holding a hustings event
  4. Practical planning

Churches Together in Britain and Ireland have also set up a website which will include the above guide and election resources from member churches.

Visit the Election Website.