MP to take part in public debate in Portsmouth

111988-203_MIKE_HANCOCK_SR_1/6/11'Mike Hancock MP, member for Portsmouth South, who has been at the heart of Portsmouth's political life for the past 40 years.''Picture:Steve Reid 111988-203
111988-203_MIKE_HANCOCK_SR_1/6/11'Mike Hancock MP, member for Portsmouth South, who has been at the heart of Portsmouth's political life for the past 40 years.''Picture:Steve Reid 111988-203
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MIKE Hancock will answer questions from the public at an event on Friday.

The Portsmouth South Lib Dem MP will take part in a Question Time-style debate at Portsmouth Central Library’s Menuhin Room, from 3.30pm to 5pm on September 30.

He will be joined on the panel by Councillor Simon Bosher, leader of Portsmouth City Council’s Tory group, Dr Paul McVeigh, European Studies lecturer at the University of Portsmouth, and George Brown from Portsmouth Red Cross.

The event will be free to attend, and open to all members of the public.

Attendees will be able to ask questions of the panel, on topics of their choice.

Mr Hancock is an outspoken critic of the national coalition government, while Cllr Bosher has taken over the Tory group after what many saw as a poor display in this year’s local elections.

Dr McVeigh’s area of expertise includes many of the developed world’s worst-hit casualties of the global economic crisis, while Mr Brown’s Red Cross works across the world to improve people’s lives in developing states.

The debate will be recorded and will be broadcast as part of Local Democracy Week, which will run from October 10 to October 16.

Events taking place in Local Democracy Week include a visit to Portsmouth on Tuesday, October 11 by the Bulgarian ambassador Lyuobmir Kyuchukov, and on Friday, October 14, an afternoon dedicated to how Parliament works, including sessions with Mike Hancock, and Portsmouth North Tory MP Penny Mordaunt.

To attend Friday’s debate, register online at local democracyquestiontime.eventbrite.com/