Not The Usual Hustings
As part of our “Not The Usual Suspects” project we organised a hustings event at the Infinity Trampoline Park in Cardiff. More than 100 young people and leaders participated in the event and six politicians came to represent their parties at the debate: Bethan Jenkins from Plaid Cymru, Amelia Womack from the Green Party of England and Wales, Eluned Parrott from the Liberal Democrats, Liz Wilkes from UKIP, Vaughan Gething from Welsh Labour and David Melding from the Welsh Conservatives.
Starting at 6pm, visitors had the opportunity to visit a market place with stalls from different parties and youth organisations. After the launch of the “Politically Correct” App which was developed by Candlhat Studios and aims to outline who is responsible for political decisions in our everyday life, the debate began at 7pm. The hustings was hosted by Newsbeat’s Steffan Powell who confronted the politicians with questions asked by the young people at the event. Every politician had only one minute time to answer questions such as “How would you fight homelessness?”. Other topics included the treatment of mental illnesses, legalisation of weed, future financial cuts and if 16 and 17 year olds should be able to vote. Good news for the young people, almost all parties agreed to implement a younger voting age! After an hour of interesting discussions, participants and the politicians had the opportunity to try out the trampolines. Around 9pm the event finished.
We would like to thank everyone who attended and who made this event possible!
Our Project Coordinator Cathryn Evans was one of the interviewees on the TV programme Heno which reported about our event live. You can watch the full video here.