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Bemix Canterbury Election Question Time

  • Date: Wednesday 4th December
  • Times: 6:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Organiser: Bemix

We are hosting a Question Time with candidates standing for election in Canterbury.

We are people with and without learning difficulties and/or autism working and learning together.


Our theme is power. We are bringing together all kinds of Canterbury and Whitstable residents who experience disadvantage and powerlessness. This is their chance to ask questions to candidates seeking to represent them in power.

This Question Time is what the Electoral Commission calls a hustings. It is non-selective, which means we are treating all candidates and parties equally.

Priority booking is open now to local groups representing disadvantage.

If that’s you, we’d love to know who you are. Please use the form below to get in touch now! If you can, include booking numbers now or stay in touch while you reach out to your people. Please also submit a question for candidates that matters to your group, or work on this and let us know before 27th November. Our questions committee will review questions and decide which will be asked.

Booking for the general voting public in Canterbury and Whitstable opens at 9am on Wednesday 20th November.

The constituency and candidates

The Canterbury constituency covers most of the city and surrounding villages, together with Whitstable. Held almost uninterrupted by the Conservatives since 1835, the seat was won by Labour’s Rosie Duffield in 2017 with a margin of just 187 votes. As Kent’s only Labour seat with such a small gap between Labour and the Conservatives, all eyes are on Canterbury in this election.

All five candidates are joining us for our Question Time. If others come forward before the 14th November deadline, we are reserving the right not to invite them, to maximise the speaking time of the candidates our audience most wants to hear.

In order of party vote size at the last election, the candidates are:

Rosie Duffield, Labour

Anna Firth, Conservative


Claire Malcomson Lib Dem representing Canterbury and Coastal Liberal Democrats