General Election 2015
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A non-partisan project empowering communities to hold their members of parliament to account and ensure they can represent their views on policing if elected.
We are working with local community groups in a number of constuencies across the country to ensure that their members of parliament and prospective candidates can represent them and their concerns on policing. Some parties already pledged to reform stop and search as part of their election manifestos and StopWatch is working with local partners after the election to ensure continuity. The constituencies are:
- Bethnal Green and Bow (Tower Hamlets),
- Birmingham Edgbaston (Birmingham),
- Birmingham Hall Green (Birmingham),
- Brent Central (Brent),
- Dagenham and Rainham (Barking),
- East Ham (Newham),
- Hammersmith (Hammersmith and Fulham),
- Hampstead and Kilburn (Brent and Camden),
- Nottingham South (Nottingham),
- Poplar and Limehouse (Tower Hamlets),
- West Ham (Newham),
- Westminster North (Westminster)
StopWatch is organising a series of hustings where you can meet your local candidates for your constituency and question them on issues that matter most to you. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holborn & St Pancras
On Tuesday 14th April, our local partners the Kentish Town Community Centre hosted a community hustings in partnership with the Crossroads Women’s Centre to give constituents in Holborn & St Pancras the opportunity to question their prospective parliamentary candidates or their representative on issues that mattered most to them. Topics covered incuded issues of crime and policing, housing, immigration, welfare and support for women and famillies.
The candidates and representatives are: Natalie Bennett, Green Party Leader and Candidate; Will Blair, Conservative Party Candidate; David O’Sullivan, Socialist Equality Party Candidate; Zack Polanski, Liberal Democrat Activist & Representative.
StopWatch in Parliament
As part of this campaign, we organised an open mic event in the Houses of Parliament, where people and young people from our targeted constituencies and beyond came down for an evening to voice their views on stop and search and share their experiences with MPs and prospective parliamentary candidate. The was held on Tuesday 17th March 2015 and was sponsored and chaired by Dianne Abbot MP.