A Hustings will take place in Stornoway tomorrow night (Tuesday).
Election candidates Alasdair Morrison, Scottish Labour; Angus B MacNeil, SNP; Ruaraidh Ferguson, Scottish Liberal Democrats; Mark Brown, Scottish Conservatives; and John Cormack, Scottish Christian Party are all confirmed to take part.
This event, organised by Evangelical Alliance Scotland in conjunction with Stornoway churches, is part of a series of discussions and debates organised by local churches in constituencies across Scotland that will see a candidates face each other and the public in the run-up to an election where Scottish seats will have a key impact on the UK political landscape.
The community hustings follows a major recent survey of 2000 Christians commissioned by the Evangelical Alliance, Faith in Politics, which revealed 94% of Evangelical Christians said they are certain or highly likely to turn up at the ballot box to cast their cross – almost double the national average. This is also part of the increasing trend of evangelical churches engaging with their communities across a whole range of different areas including foodbanks, debt advice services, community cafes and supporting vulnerable older people.
Kieran Turner, Public Policy Officer of Evangelical Alliance Scotland said:
“The Town Hall community hustings offers a golden opportunity for people to engage with their political candidates and we are delighted many churches in Stornoway are encouraging their members to take the opportunity to honestly question candidates about their vision, motivation and policies ahead of the vote.
“With so many evangelical Christians in the Western Isles, almost all of whom will vote, it’s no surprise to me that the candidates want to engage with our churches and we look forward to their participation in the hustings.
“In the past it has perhaps been thought that Christians were only interested in complaining about politics or interested in protecting their own interests. But one of the most interesting results of our recent Faith in Politics? report was that the top issues of concern for Christians are those that reflect the common good and the whole of society. Now churches are increasingly being recognised for the vast amounts of community work they are engaged with across Scotland and we hope this event will be used by the whole community to discuss how to build a better island and a better nation.”
The event will take place in Stornoway town hall at 7.30pm tomorrow night.