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Hustings 2024

  • by JW

General Election Hustings in Sidmouth: Wednesday 19th June

7pm at All Saints’ Church.

Voters invited to submit questions beforehand online or at the door.


A general election is upon us – and since it was called last month, the press have been covering the local situation and the local campaign – including a list of the [new] constituency Honiton & Sidmouth’s candidates and a report from BBC Devon on “what voters want in this Devon election battleground”.

Meanwhile, these pages have featured a couple of pieces around “winning the rural/farming/country vote”, focussing on engaging the candidates and, looking at a cross-section of opinions around ‘the countryside’, ‘what the next government must do’ – with more to come over the coming weeks.

Back in 2019, the VGS held the General Election hustings in Sidmouth.

And for this year, the VGS will be holding the General Election hustings on the evening of Wednesday 19th June.

With more here from the VGS press release published today

For further information, please contact the VGS directly on the Contact – Vision Group for Sidmouth page.

Press Release

General Election Hustings 2024

Invitation to Meet Your Local Parliamentary Candidates

The Vision Group for Sidmouth will be hosting the Sidmouth General Election Hustings 2024 – which will be open to all voters in the Sid Valley who will be able to put questions to the candidates.

The event is free and does not require registration or a ticket to attend.

Where and when will the hustings be happening?

The event will be held at All Saints’ Church on All Saints Road, EX10 8ES on Wednesday 19th June starting at 7.00 pm.

The VGS has been organising General Election hustings for the best part of two decades, providing an opportunity for voters to hear the views of candidates and the policies of their parties

All registered voters in the Sid Valley are welcome to attend and to provide questions beforehand.

As the VGS chair Ian Gregory says, “I am looking forward to chairing the event and presenting questions raised by the public to the candidates. The quality of questions at each hustings event has always been excellent.”

Ian adds: “The VGS is grateful to All Saints Church for providing a more-than suitable venue for what should be a well-attended event.”

All Saints Church can accommodate approximately 250 people.

How will the hustings be conducted?

6.30pm Hall opens: submission of questions using forms provided

7.00 Introduction from the Chair, who will introduce each candidate

7.05 Each Candidate will have five minutes to introduce themselves and their campaign

7.30 Chair will select representative questions from those submitted online or on the door.

8.20: Each Candidate will have two minutes to sum up

8.30 The meeting will draw to a close.

How can questions be submitted?

Hustings present an opportunity to find out where candidates stand on issues voters care about, and their ability to communicate effectively.

Only questions submitted beforehand can be considered.

Online: Submitted through the contact form on the VGS website:

At the door: Forms will be provided with a cut-off time of 6.45pm. Attendees are asked to arrive early in order to submit questions at the door.


To finish, here’s an attempt to present a balanced set of reports on the candidates and their parties from over the last few weeks:

MPs go head-to-head in their battle for new Honiton & Sidmouth seat

East Devon MPs react to news of July 4 general election | Midweek Herald

“All to play for” new Honiton & Sidmouth seat – Radio Exe

Simon Jupp: ‘I will build on my track record of delivering for Devon’ | Sidmouth Herald

Jake Bonetta standing for Labour in Honiton and Sidmouth seat | Midweek Herald

Green Party candidate Henry Gent for Honiton and Sidmouth | Midweek Herald

Nigel Farage returns: Why the Tories may be worried | Sidmouth Herald

Lib Dem Richard Foord launches general election campaign | Sidmouth Herald

General Election 2024: Rishi Sunak campaigns in East Devon

Simon Jupp backs the Prime Minister’s plan for National Service | Midweek Herald

East Devon MP Simon Jupp’s campaign manager admits buying websites in rival MP’s name