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Parliamentary Hustings at Finchley Mosque – video

Following our lively hustings at Hendon Mosque the Barnet Muslim Forum held a follow-up event at Finchley Mosque for the Finchley & Golders Green constituency on 7 April 2010. There were no earth-shattering revelations (that I recall) but a marked difference in approach and tone on the Middle East and other foreign policy issues between Mike Freer (Conservative) and Alison Moore (Labour) on the one hand and Laura Edge (Liberal Democrat) on the other.

The event got a little unwieldy with a number of frustrated residents making rambling speeches – and that was before everyone got excitable over the Middle East. Consequently the video upload has been delayed whilst I did a little ‘pruning’. The candidates’ speeches and answers to questions are published, unedited, but I’ve removed virtually all of the audience contributions. On the plus side it’s now just a 46 min video rather than 90 minutes!

Apologies in advance for some quality issues with the video. In particular there is some camera shake and microphone knock when we had to re-arrange the tripod. The lighting was also pretty poor.

Parliamentary hustings at Finchley Mosque – 7 April 2010 on Vimeo.

Video footage of the last event in this series (a question time for the party group leaders on Barnet Council) to be uploaded in the next 24 hours… I do realise there’s an election due!

Parliamentary Hustings at Hendon Mosque – video

Last Thursday, on behalf of the Barnet Muslim Forum, I organised a parliamentary election hustings at Hendon mosque for the Hendon constituency. Present were the candidates from the three main parties: Andrew Dismore MP (Labour), Matthew Offord (Conservative) and Matthew Harris (Lib Dem).

No major gaffe’s from any of them, that I recall…. but a number of “interesting” answers that I wasn’t expecting. A couple of Labour party members present afterwards accused me of being a biased chair, against their candidate. That view was not shared by others present (including other Labour party members) but I apologise if this was the case: it certainly was not my intention to be partial, though in hindsight the seats could have been better spaced out! Anyway, judge for yourself.

Parliamentary hustings at Hendon Mosque – 1 April 2010 on Vimeo.

Update 04 May 2010: If you are browsing from an iPhone or another device that doesn’t have Flash you can view it in HTML5 at the Daily Motion (ad-supported).

The next events in this series are:

  • Wed 7 April 2010: Finchley & Golders Green parliamentary hustings at North Finchley Mosque, 8pm – to be photographed by the Official Artist for the 2010 General Election
  • Tue 1327 April 2010: Barnet Council hustings at Hendon Mosque, 8.30pm – featuring the local party leaders.

Gore to be drafted?

Senior Democrats mull Al Gore’s nomination [Daily Telegraph]

About time too!

It’s been obvious since Super Tuesday that the Democratic nomination contest would go all the way to the convention and that that would ultimately hand the Presidency over to McCain. I don’t believe that either Clinton or Obama can beat Mac now. If the Democrats want the White House, they have to draft Gore, and get these childish squabblers off the stage ASAP.

They probably also ought to look at amending the US Constitution to remove the ban on Presidents’ serving two terms. That way, if Bill Clinton fans want him back in the White House they can actually vote for him, rather than having to vote for his wife.