On local elections and climate hustings – how to join in!

Thirty-four councillors will be elected to Manchester City Council on May 6th. What does this mean for the climate emergency? What do the major parties, who are standing candidates for all the seats in all the wards, have to say about how they will tackle this emergency?

To find out more, we invited the major parties to nominate a candidate to participate in a hustings meeting. The meeting will be online on Monday 19th April from 7.45-9pm. The hustings will feature citizen questions about the climate emergency, debate between candidates/party representatives, and audience participation.

You can join the hustings online – sign up for a ticket!

You can submit a question for the candidates in advance – add your question(s) on this form!

We invited each candidate to send a two-minute video outlining their political party’s priorities for responding to the climate emergency in Manchester. We will be posting these on our Twitter feed and YouTube channel later this week. 

Other things to watch out for:

  • The hashtag #ClimateVoteMCR for social media – from now
  • CEM’s local elections “demands” – later this week
  • Reviews of climate-related content in local party manifestos – after the manifestos are out

Other things you can do:

  • Register to vote – the registration deadline is midnight April 19th, right after our hustings 
  • Check out who is standing for election in your Council ward
  • Contact your candidates to ask about how they would respond to the climate emergency, if elected. With that in mind, next week we plan to release a brief CEM Guide to Contacting your Council Candidates about Climate. Pens at the ready!

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