Mental health charity London Cyrenians has announced that they will be, in partnership with Westminster Mind, hosting a series of mental health election hustings events. The campaign will be supported by K&C Mind as well as Hammersmith and Fulham St. Mungo’s Broadway.
1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health issue within one year, yet Cyrenians believe many who cope with mental health problems feel ignored by politicians and left out of the political landscape.
In an effort to combat this the, “I’m In!” hustings events have been created with the aim of raising awareness, political empowerment and engagement in the tri-borough of Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster.
Three “I’m In!” events will take place in Hammersmith, Westminster and the RBCK and have gathered support from the local community. Representatives from the Conservative, Green, Labour and Lib Dem parties will also all be attending each hustings.
The dates for the events are as follows:
Hammersmith – 15th April, 11:30 am at St Paul’s Centre, Queen Caroline Street, W6 9PJ
Panellists include Andy Slaughter MP (Labour, incumbent MP), Millicent Scott (Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate) and Charlie Dewhirst (Conservative parliamentary candidate).
Westminster – 16th April, 11:30 am at Queen Mother Sports Centre, 223 Vauxhall Bridge Road, SW1V 1EL
Panellists include Karen Buck MP (Labour, incumbent MP for Westminster North), Jennifer Nadel (Green Party parliamentary candidate) and Baroness Liz Barker (Liberal Democrats). A Conservative speaker is TBC.
Kensington – 17th April, 11:30 am at 112 Palace Gardens Terrace, Notting Hill, W8 4RT.
Panellists include Emma Dent Coad (Labour), Robina Rose (parliamentary candidate for the Green Party), Cllr. Julie Mills (Conservative Councillor) and Robin McGhee (Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate.)
In each event panellists will begin with 15 minute opening statements, followed by Q & A sessions with pre-prepared questions from the audience. It is hoped that the event will build on the success of previous Mental Health Election Hustings arranged by Susan Worrell and London Cyrenians during the run up to the 2010 elections.