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BALLOT boxes are in place for Portsmouth residents to vote for their favourite political figure of all time.

The city’s libraries each have boxes for people to cast their votes, to find out who is rated as the country’s greatest politician.

From Gladstone and Disraeli to Churchill and Attlee, and taking in figures from outside the traditional political establishment such as suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, people can choose their favourites, and write to explain why he or she is an inspiration.

Portsmouth City Council’s communities engagement manager James Sandy said: ‘Some people might have a favourite person from history, someone who changed our way of life. Others might admire a major figure on the world stage today.

‘We want to hear why people’s choices are important to them and what qualities or attributes they admire. We want to build a picture of the city’s thinking.’

The election runs through September, in the run-up to Local Democracy Week, on October 10 to 16.