On Thursday 29 January, Cllr Seyi Akiwowo will be hosting a question and answer session at which young people in Newham will be able to question some of the borough's key players.
The panel has been put together following feedback from students who attended the Stephen Timms Summer School last year. The group suggested it would be a good idea if young people had the chance to question local MPs, as well as members of the Council, the local constabulary and those involved with education provision in and around Newham.
The evening will mirror the BBC show Question Time. The confirmed list of panellists are:
- Stephen Timms, Member of Parliament for East Ham;
- Lyn Brown, Member of Parliament for West Ham;
- Kim Bromley-Derry, Chief Executive of Newham Council;
- Tricia King, Pro-Vice-Master at Birkbeck, University of London; and
- Det Supt Andrew Mortimer, Newham Constabulary.
Those who wish to attend should RSVP to to firstname.lastname@example.org and are encouraged to submit questions before the event using the hashtag #NewhamYQT.
Speaking about the event, Stephen Timms said: "I am very much looking forward to the evening. I meet a lot of young people who are excited and energised by politics. They take a keen interest in the going-ons in their area too. However, sometimes they feel that politics passes them by and that they have few opportunities to get their points across. I hope Newham Youth Question Time will help remedy this and become a regular event in the borough's calender!" .