Join our Hustings for local parliamentary candidates

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Students will have the chance to question candidates standing for the Bournemouth Constituency in the General Election at a hustings hosted by your Students' Union. 

The question-time style debate will take place on Thursday 15 February on Bournemouth University’s Talbot Campus, with candidates from three major parties speaking live on stage.  

BU students are invited to ask parliamentary candidates questions on a range of issues to ensure they’re confident in who they will be casting their vote for during the impending General Election, which is expected to take place later this year.   

The debate will be chaired by the Students’ Union President, Chike Dike, and Professor Einar Thorson, Executive Dean of the Media and Communications faculty at Bournemouth University.  

Candidates who have confirmed their attendance are Jessica Toale (Labour Party, Bournemouth West), Tom Haynes (Labour Party, Bournemouth West), Jeff Hanna (Liberal Democrats, Bournemouth West), Jon Nicolas (Liberal Democrats, Bournemouth East), and two candidates from the Green Party.  

Chike said: “This is the first husting that will be hosted for the Bournemouth candidates ahead of the upcoming General Elections.  

“This is an incredible opportunity for students to meet candidates from the four major political parties together in one room, where they can grill each of them on the issues that matter to them.  

“Whether you’re passionate about mental health support for young people, have concerns about the rising cost-of-living or want to see the student maintenance loan restructured, this is an opportunity for you to hear the views of your local candidates and what they plan to do to support university students.   

“With a General Election on the horizon, it’s more important than ever to ensure you cast your vote. The Government has the power to make big changes for students, and you can help decide what happens next by casting your vote for the candidate who you believe will bring real change for students.”  

Your Future: The Debate with Your MPs will take place in the Allsebrook Lecture Theatre on Bournemouth University’s Talbot Campus on Thursday 15 February at 5pm. The event is open to all Bournemouth University students.  

To book your free ticket, visit