Political editors speak to People and Parliament inquiry

06 May 2009

The House of Lords Information Committee, which is running the 'People and Parliament' inquiry into how the House of Lords can relate better to the public, takes evidence from political editors and correspondents from 10.45am.

Giving evidence to the Committee will be David Hencke, Chairman of the Parliamentary Press Gallery and Westminster Correspondent, The Guardian; Jason Beattie, Deputy Political Editor, The Mirror; John Hipwood, Political Editor, Wolverhampton Express and Star and Peter Riddell, Political Commentator and Assistant Editor, The Times.
The Committee will also hear from Lord Norton of Louth, former Chairman of the House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution and contributor to the Lords of the Blog, from 11.30am.
The 'People and Parliament' inquiry is investigating how the House of Lords could improve public understanding of its work and role, and how people would like to interact with the Lords and Parliament.
The Committee is also running an online forum to listen to the views of the public as part of its inquiry and has invited the public to submit their thoughts as video responses on UK Parliament's YouTube channel.

The Committee is hoping to hear new ideas for improving the way the House of Lords communicates with the public.

In the previous evidence session on 29 April, the Committee heard from Alison Williams and Trish McMeekin from Rethink, Lee Shelsher from Essex County Libraries and Chloe Stables From the National Council for Voluntary Organisations. In the second half of the session the Committee heard from 15 sixth-from students from schools in London and the North East.

In earlier evidence sessions the Committee took evidence from new media experts, the Hansard Society and from youth Parliament organisations.

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