Londoners challenge mayoral candidates at LandAid debate using Slido

The LandAid debate at Central Hall Westminster February 2016
More than 300 London property professionals took part in the annual debate organised by property charity LandAid, held this week at Central Hall Westminster, and put mayoral candidates through their paces regarding the housing crisis in London using audience interaction tool Slido.

Participants leveraged Slido’s easy to use platform to ask questions, vote on polls and up vote questions posed by others to ensure the most pertinent issues rose to the top of the agenda. The debate opened with a poll in which 70% of the leading business people attending expressed real concern that their children would ever be able to afford a home.  

Other key questions asked by the audience included: how candidates would deliver the 50,000 homes needed each year; whether to build up or out; who could ensure housing affordability better; and where the candidates stood on Brexit – the UK’s future in or out of Europe. More than 50% of questions were posed anonymously.  

The panel was chaired by former BBC newscaster Sir Martyn Lewis and included: Zac Goldsmith of the Conservative Party; Sadiq Khan of the Labour Party; Caroline Pidgeon of the Liberal Democrats; and Darren Johnson of the Green Party (standing in for Sian Berry).  

Peter Komornik, CEO of Slido, says: “This lively debate is a great example of Slido in action to give your audience a voice. People really embraced the tool to raise their concerns and to ensure that their main points were addressed by the panel. This in turn ensured that the panellists could gain real insight from the majority of the audience, many of whom asked anonymously, rather than just the more vocal few.”  

Paul Morrish, CEO of LandAid, says: “Slido works. We got great questions from such a wide range of guests, and a real buzz of interactivity. So often people’s great questions go unasked or unanswered. Slido gives power to a great question no matter who asked it – it’s a great platform not just for quality, but for equality.”  

The LandAid debate is another example of Slido being used to engage politicians and their electorates more effectively and follows the successful use of the platform by candidates in the recent Philippine national elections, where voters used Slido to pose comments to candidates via a televised debate.