Hustings season is now upon us

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It IS now less than a month till the Holyrood election — so until then the candidates will have their diaries filled with local hustings.

In Eastwood, it all kicks off at the Duff Memorial Hall in Busby at 7.30pm on Monday in an event organised by the local community council.

Conversvative’s Jackson Carlaw, Labour candidate Ken Macintosh and SNP man Stewart Maxwell have all confirmed their attendance.

Chair George McLachlan told The Extra: “There are a lot of key issues the candidates need to address, from the derelict building on Busby Main Street to the state of the roads.

“The local senior forum will be in attendance to find out which candidate truly has the best interests of the local OAP’s at heart”.

Councillors Alan Lafferty, Alastair Carmichael and Stewart Miller will also be in attendance.

The following Monday, the people of Eaglesham will have their chance to make their voices heard at Montgomery Hall.

The candidates will be sparring once again at the Ecumenical hustings at St Ninian’s High School on April 26, then at the Glasgow Reform Synagogue two days later in front of the Jewish community.

Dates for the Giffnock community council and Chamber of Commerce events are still to be confirmed.

Other local candidates had a chance for a dry run during Shawlands Academy’s annual Question Time event last week.

There, Richard Sullivan (Conservative list candidate for Glasgow Cathcart), Scottish Green party leader Patrick Harvie and Lib Dem Glasgow list candidate Robert Brown were on the panel. As were Glasgow Southside candidates Nicola Sturgeon (SNP) and Stephen Curran (Labour).

School captain Craig Wylie (S6) played the role of David Dimbelby during the event.

The debate covered a wide range of political issues from student tuition fees to the current conflict in Libya and took place in front of a packed audience of pupils and staff.

Ms Sturgeon and Mr Curran will battle it out again, with Conservative David Meikle and Liberal Democrat Carmichael Elder during the hustings at Queens Park Baptist church at 8pm on May 1.