Futures Forum: Devon County Council elections > Hustings for Sidmouth: Friday April 28th > the issues and the candidates
However, as only two of the six will now make themselves available, the chair of the VGS (which was to host the event) has decided to cancel the event:
"Fundamentally the Hustings allow the electorate to judge the candidates. Only having two there gives them an unfair advantage."
It is clear that this race is primarily a two-horse race, as observed by the Save Our Sidmouth blog:
Cllr Rixson has a solid reputation for thoroughness and efficiency, much appreciated by local people in the successful fight against the planned Sidford business park. Long-serving Cllr Hughes offered promises such as “the long-awaited Sidmouth traffic management plan”, and “funding for Alma Bridge” this year.
Changes to our landscape, and to services, in whose hands? DCC hustings this Friday (28 April, 7pm, Kennaway House) | Save Our Sidmouth
It is nevertheless unfortunate that not all the candidates seem committed to this election:
Politicians need to engage better with electorate, says Campbell
In a candid address on the eve of the Election, Campbell – who as Tony Blair’s spokesman helped mastermind three successive Election victories – said the big lesson from the 2015 campaign was that politicians needed to better engage with the public.
“The stuff that doesn’t matter gets so much attention, and the stuff that does gets so little. On the one hand it cheats the public, while on the other politicians have to do a far better job of engaging on the stuff that does matter. Somehow we have to get this triangle of politics, media and public into better shape.”
Vital Topics: Alister Campbell -Master Admissions Newsletter - Issue 8
Vision Group for Sidmouth - Election Hustings