LOCAL Democracy Week continues with debates and talks across Portsmouth.
Human rights, transport problems and phone-hacking are among the issues being discussed this week at a series of free events.
Debates about politics are taking place as part of the Europe-wide Local Democracy Week which runs until Sunday.
The events, co-ordinated by Portsmouth City Council, are aimed at encouraging people to talk about politics and get involved.
Local politicians, including both city MPs, are taking part and the Bulgarian ambassador to the UK, Lyubomir Kyuchukov, will also be visiting the city.
Communities engagement manager at the council James Sandy said: ‘This is a chance to get a real taste of big political issues making the news – especially human rights, which came up at the recent party conferences.
‘All the events are free. We hope they will inspire people to get involved in politics more and have their say.’
Today between midday and 3.15pm the Bulgarian ambassador was due to have a tour of the Conan Doyle archive and there will be a cultural event and dance display by Bulgarian students.
Then, this evening, Express FM will broadcast a Question Time-style debate from 7pm featuring guests including MP Mike Hancock and Conservative councillor Simon Bosher.
Tomorrow the University of Portsmouth will host a mock court session from 2.30pm to 4.30pm.
For more event information visit portsmouthlocal.blogspot.com.