The Scotsman launches new Scottish election virtual hustings series

The Scotsman is proud to be launching its inaugural series of virtual hustings in the countdown to the Scottish elections on May 6.

The eight-part series will be launched at 6:30pm on Tuesday, with the first hour-long hustings focused on the regional list area of the Lothians.

The Scotsman will take viewers from their own homes, living rooms and offices, across the length and breadth of the country as we visit all eight parliamentary regions.

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Readers will be encouraged to submit questions to be put directly to those standing for political office in their own areas.

Ballot boxes being distributed to polling stations in and around Edinburgh. Picture: Neil Hanna

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The hustings will form a key pillar of The Scotsman’s revamped election coverage.

A weekly politics podcast is also set to be launched next week, while our website is hosting a section specifically for the Scottish election coverage, available to access from The Scotsman’s home page, publishing all the latest news.

Series host and The Scotsman’s deputy political editor Gina Davidson said: “Covid has changed everything in the past 12 months and the Scottish Parliament elections are no different.

“More postal votes are expected to be cast than ever before. And there will be safety measures and a restriction on the numbers of people able to be in polling stations.

“Party campaigning will also be reduced, including face-to-face election hustings, which is is why The Scotsman is organising a series of virtual hustings instead.

“Democracy is vital, candidates should be heard, questions should be asked and more importantly answered. We want to get as wide a range of voices involved as possible.”

Readers can watch the virtual hustings at The Scotsman’s website or by visiting The Scotsman’s Facebook page.

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