We just got the following press release:
People’s Question Time-Londoners’ opportunity to question the Mayor and the London Assembly
The Mayor of London and the London Assembly are inviting Londoners to come to Hendon Police College on Wednesday 23 November at 7pm, to take part in People’s Question Time.
Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London, said: 'People’s Question Time is an opportunity for Londoners to raise their concerns about life in the capital. Since the last meeting, London has won the bid to host the greatest sporting event in the world – the 2012 Olympic Games. That euphoria was short-lived, as on the day after the International Olympic Committee announcement, Londoners had their resilience and courage tested to the core by the events of 7 July. Both events showed that in a diverse city of over 7 million people, Londoners remain united and focussed on the future in this world-class city. It's crucial that Londoners are involved in the running and development of our city. I hope they will take up the invitation to come to People's Question Time and have their say’.
Sally Hamwee Assembly Member, Chair of the London Assembly, said: ‘The London Assembly is the Mayor's watchdog, so it helps us to hear direct from local people how they think he is doing with things like Congestion Charging, policing and running the Tube and buses. We also scrutinise his budget and spending plans, which people may wish to discuss. More generally, the Assembly has a duty to investigate matters of importance to the capital, and during the last few months have published reports on issues as diverse as Paving over Front Gardens, bus driving standards, MRSA and flooding in Thames Gateway’.
To guarantee a place at People's Question Time people should book a ticket in advance by phoning 020 7983 4762, or alternatively emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and seating will be allocated on arrival. The event can also be watched live via webcast on www.london.gov.uk.
People booking tickets in advance are invited to specify their area of interest or submit a specific question for the Mayor or Assembly. Although it cannot be guaranteed that all questions submitted in advance will be put to the panel, they will be used to set the agenda and to ensure that the debate will be focused on the issues that count. Questions will also be taken from the floor on the night.
The Greater London Authority Act specifies that the Mayor and London Assembly must hold two People’s Question Time meetings each year.