It has emerged that 44% of the public want to see more Question Time style events in each constituency, where residents can hold their MP accountable for their actions. MP for Carshalton and Wallington, Tom Brake, has decided to do just that. On the 23rd July, he is hosting a Question Time event at Strawberry Lodge conference centre, Strawberry Lane, Carshalton, Surrey, SM5 2NQ
Tom campaigns on issues that he believes matter to the local people. From finding new ways to tackle anti-social behavior to his hugely successful campaign to bring trams to Sutton, he has always listened to what is important to his constituents. A staggering 20,000 people signed his latest petition to save St. Helier hospital’s A&E and maternity unit.
Mr Brake said, “Over the years I have made it my aim to listen to the concerns of residents and do my best to provide them with the improvements they want to see. Sutton has become a borough that others look at as an example, but there is still lots to be done.
This Question Time event is a great opportunity to open up a dialogue. I understand many people’s frustrations when they believe nothing is being done about their concerns. I hope that many residents will come and express their opinions to me and also give me the opportunity to tell them what I am doing in response"
Tom has started a number of new initiatives to ensure residents in Carshalton and Wallington are kept up to date and involved with the running of their area such as AskTom, where a number of residents asked questions through his website and he produced a video response which will soon be published on YouTube.
Research has shown that although knowledge of politics stands at 50% and knowledge of Parliament at 48%, the public continue to feel powerless, believing that their own involvement in politics will have little effect. Tom hopes that these initiatives will change public perception and reduce people's disillusionment with politics.
If you would like more information about the upcoming Question Time event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0208 255 8155.