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People's Question Time

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Published February 13th 2011
democracy inaction: sitting around moaning about the elected powers that be

democracy in action: standing for election or challenging those in positions of power


You've probably seen Prime Minister's Question Time on the news, where the PM and his opposite number have a go at each other across the Commons floor, looking to score cheap points while their respective supporters jeer and cheer non-stop for 30 minutes.

Did you know that there is also a People's Question Time?
It doesn't involve the prime minister, but it does the mayor of London. And it's (usually) an altogether more civilised affair than the one that takes place in the House of Commons each week.

The People's Question Time is your chance to raise points of interest with the mayor; to ask about plans for the capital; to find out about policy initiatives; to vent your frustration about something that's keeping you awake at night (provided it concerns the mayor and his cohorts, naturally).

The two-hour event takes place a couple of times a year usually March and November and always in a different part of London.

It's a unique opportunity for voters to be heard by the mayor him/herself.

You'll also have a chance to question members of the London Assembly about issues that affect you and your city.

To attend, you need to register online beforehand. The online form includes a box where you can submit your question. Under the box, it reads: "Only a selection of questions will be asked on the night but all submitted questions will be responded to afterwards".

Whether your question is accepted really depends on the number submitted for the particular event you wish to attend. But you know, if you don't even try.....

It's your city, so get involved!
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Why? Because it's not every day you have the chance to talk directly to the mayor of London.
When: Usually March and November.
Where: Various locations - see website for details.
Cost: Free.
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