The videos below show the full event, broken into parts of approximately 20 minutes viewing each. Description of the format of this event – see below.
This video is of the opening speeches by the leadership candidates from the Waltham Forest hustings in London, Old Street, 29th August 2017
This video shows the first 20 minutes of the questions and answers from the Waltham Forest hustings in London
This video shows the second 20 minutes of the questions and answers from the Waltham Forest hustings in London
This video shows the last 20 minutes of the first round of questions and answers from the Waltham Forest hustings in London
Post-Break Q & A and closing speeches:
This video is of the 1st part of the Post-Break Session by the leadership candidates from the Waltham Forest hustings in London
This video is of the 2nd part of the Post-Break Session by the leadership candidates from the Waltham Forest hustings in London
This video is of the final part of the Post-Break Session by the leadership candidates from the Waltham Forest hustings in London
Full description of the format for the London Regional Hustings on the 29th of August 2017
Random ordering of candidate seating – candidates to see for themselves that the process is truly random.
Approval by Returning Officer of all non-members in the room.
7:15pm sharp (due to local parking restrictions being lifted at 7pm). Candidates free to be there up to an hour earlier.
Brief outline by Chair. Parliamentary language only – no to “Liar!”, yes to “You may or may not know this, but that is simply not true”. Except for in speeches, reasonable interventions permitted.
Mid-Hustings Cull (Not done)
Now that the candidate count is thinned down to 7, AMW, AP?, DK, HB, JC, JRE, PW, there’s probably no need to offer the audience (at the start) an option of a mid-hustings vote to decide which candidates should continue for the second half, thereby allowing more questions and or more detailed answers.
I did (August 29 hustings = 10, with BW, DC & MM also there) and, as expected, the audience decided against it (about 60:40).
In the IMO unlikely event you decide to get it down to say 5 (6 is too obvious and too much work for little reward), then the “logically best” method is, during the mid-hustings coffee break, to give every attendee (including candidates) 5 votes each. Doable with:
– Imperial Mints in glass jars, one jar per candidate, or
– queuing past a table where three or four people take down the votes, ensuring no double-voting
– collated paper votes
(whatever is fastest else the event gets bogged down. Should be able to be completed during the coffee break)
Rules for Cull (admission to hustings is not balanced, so audience bias must be presumed):
- can use all his 5 votes, or none at all, but nothing in between, and
- must distribute the 5 votes between 5 different candidates of his choice
This gets around the problem of one or two candidates being over-represented in the room.
Again, this wasn’t used, because the audience voted to keep all 10.
Order of seating, 2 minutes each, bell at 1:30m, again at 2:00m, gestures at +5 secs, overtalk candidate from about +10 secs.
Independent time-keeper – Chairman can’t do this as well. However, Chair should be mindful that the timekeeper can make mistakes, so needs to keep track of it himself too.
Q&A (Pre- and Post- Break)
Questions presubmitted/submitted from the floor in writing, or SMSd before/during session to the Chairman, whose mobile number is there for all to see. Chairman’s choice. Q’s selected which are pertinent and which will permit candidates to be differentiated between. Some are clearly intended for one candidate (either Pro/Anti) but if so Chairman is selective so that no candidate gets lots of these.
Occasionally Chair acknowledges where on the floor a question originates, adding legitimacy.
Each candidate given 10 tokens, 1 to be spent per substantive answer. No credit account. “Yes/No” type answers and rebuttals do not cost tokens.
This means “Me Too” type answers are discouraged by the rules (“spend your tokens wisely)
Candidate raises hand if he/she wants to answer
Y/N type of answer, order chosen either L->R or R->L at random by Chair
Candidates shown how many tokens they’ve used part of the way through or on request (tally sheet maintained by Chairman)
Chairman has an unlimited number of wildcards to compel a candidate to answer a particular question. I used it once only at the July 18 pre-hustings. The threat is mightier than its execution – I never had to use it at all at the August 29 regional hustings. Wildcard answer does not cost a token (debatable but shouldn’t be relevant).
Answers limited to 1 min. Similar overshoot protection as with opening speeches.
Mild heckling allowed but candidate then allowed a little extra time. Cross-table (i.e. between candidate) repartee allowed as long as order is maintained.
Rebuttal rights (30 secs) and – used only once, HB vs AMW – re-rebuttal (30 secs).
Imperial Mints (which would have been the “votes” in jars if a mid-hustings cull been opted for – audience member has the choice to vote or suck) distributed throughout, allowing the “We’ll leave the Humbugs for the candidates” – haha.
8:50pm – announced as “let’s stop the Q&A and just have an open fight, alternatively take a break” – haha and 5 mins, then Q&A resumed by 9pm
9:50pm – 45 second “Why vote for me”, usual prevention of time overshoot. Order chosen among the candidates to amuse audience as candidates jockey for who to be last.
Thanks and End
10 pm Announce number of candidate answers/speeches (including rebuttals) – in our case 103 plus Yes/No type answers. Not bad going but relentless pace throughout.
Vote of thanks to both audience and candidates; about half depart for pub across road for the real hustings.