Riverside Radio Hosts Council Election Debates in April


Riverside Radio has you covered for the local council elections across south-west London in May.

The award-winning digital community radio station is planning special Question Time-style debates leading up to polling day focusing on Richmond, Wandsworth, Merton and Lambeth which are the four boroughs Riverside Radio serves.

If you fancy being part of the audience and even asking a question to the people who want to run your local council for the next five years send Riverside Radio’s news team an email news@riversideradio.com

Managing Director of Riverside Radio Jason Rosam said….

"What makes community radio stations such as Riverside Radio so unique and important is local people get the chance to take part. We currently have over two hundred volunteers as presenters, producers or journalists in our news team creating radio shows dedicated to south-west London. We also make sure our audience joins in and these debate programmes for the coming local council elections will boost local democracy and offer an opportunity for residents to hold local politicians to account. No other broadcaster will be featuring long-form political debating shows covering local issues in an in-depth fashion than Riverside Radio.”

The battle for Wandsworth Council will be the most hotly contested with national significance for the Conservative party if they manage to lose it to Labour after running the town hall for 45 years.

Wandsworth Council’s Tory leader Ravi Govinida will go head to head with Labour leader Simon Hogg on Tuesday 19th April at 7pm.

The Merton debate will feature the Labour leader of the council Mark Allison up against the current opposition Conservative leader Nick McLean and will take place at the Merton Arts Space at Wimbledon Library on the evening of Tuesday 26th April.

Richmond Council’s Liberal Democrat leader Gareth Roberts will join Tory leader Paul Hodgins on stage at the Arthur Bullen Room in Hampton Wick for the debate to discuss issues in Richmond Upon Thames on Thursday 28th April.

The Lambeth council debate is still being organised with the leaders of the parties.

All these programmes will feature candidates from all the other parties standing across south-west London.

Riverside Radio news editor Stephen Menon will be hosting the debates which will be broadcast in front of a LIVE audience.

If you’re interested in submitting an application to join the studio audience and ask the candidates a question please contact us by emailing news@riversideradio.com

*For applications to join the LIVE AUDIENCE for the debate shows, please include:

  • Name

  • Contact details

  • Your question

  • Your Borough and Ward

  • Tell us if you are a member of a political party

As soon as the polls close at 10pm on Thursday 5th May the Riverside Radio news team will be up all night bringing you the interviews and live updates from our reporters at every single one of the counts in the four boroughs. The full results for each ward in Richmond, Wandsworth, Merton and Lambeth will be broadcast first on Riverside Radio’s election night show from The Broadcast Centre in the heart of Battersea.

You’ll be able to listen to the debate shows and the station’s election night coverage online at RiversideRadio.com, on DAB+ Digital Radio, on your mobile by downloading the Riverside Radio app or by asking your smart speaker to ‘Play Riverside Radio’.

So please, email us with any questions you may have for the candidates, any problems or issues in your part of south-west London you want us to shine a light on, or any grievances with the local council. Email - news@riversideradio.com

THE WANDSWORTH DEBATE - Tuesday 19th April, Venue: TBC

THE MERTON DEBATE - Tuesday 26th April at Merton Arts Space Wimbledon Library 7pm

THE RICHMOND DEBATE - Thursday 28th April at Arthur Bullen Room, Hampton Wick 7pm