New Assembly Members get ready for first PQT
On Thursday 3 November, People’s Question Time comes to Brent. It’s the first PQT event for Mayor Sadiq Khan and a number of new Assembly Members who were elected in May.
We asked them what they were most looking forward to discussing on the night, and why events like PQT matter.
If you’d like to join them on the night and ask your question, visit: www.london.gov.uk/pqt
Navin Shah, Assembly Member for Brent and Harrow, is chairing the event:
“I’ve been on the Assembly since 2008, so it will be a pleasure to introduce and welcome the new Members. This is also Mayor Sadiq Khan’s first PQT. It’s fitting this special occasion will be on my patch, in Brent. I know the people who come along will have lots of questions to ask.”
Leonie Cooper AM, Labour:
“My first PQT falls during the Mayor’s latest consultation on how to improve London’s dirty air. Air quality is a concern that gets raised with me on a regular basis so I look forward to discussing it on 3 November.”
Sian Berry AM, Green:
“People’s Question Times are essential to give voice to Londoners and so we can be there in person to listen to their concerns and answer them. Our work will always reflect the issues Londoners bring to our attention. Being able to do this in an open and involved way is great.”
David Kurten AM, UKIP:
“I’m new to politics and it’s been a huge learning experience being on the Assembly. It’s always good to do public events. It’s good to hear people’s concerns about everyday issues as well as people’s ideas and visions for London as a whole, and to be able to put these to the Mayor.”
Caroline Russell AM, Green:
“It’s brilliant that the Assembly holds these sessions so Londoners can have direct contact with Assembly Members. This kind of active people-led democracy will help us do our best for London.”
Peter Whittle AM, UKIP:
“I’m very much looking forward to this event, a great opportunity for a proper conversation with Londoners, and the first of many, I hope.”
Unmesh Desai AM, Labour:
“My first PQT is in the borough where I first lived in London and where my parents still live. The rise in serious crime, particularly youth, the terrorist threat and radicalisation, hate crime and violence against women are issues know will concern those attending on the evening.”
Keith Prince AM, Conservative:
“This PQT is a fantastic opportunity to really engage with the people of Brent and hear their views on how to improve London. It’s a great way of ensuring we’re representing the views of all Londoners here at City Hall. I look forward to hearing what the audience has to say.”
Florence Eshalomi AM, Labour
“I can’t wait for my first PQT and coming back to Brent. I visited Willesden Junction recently to talk about the transport plans as part of the Old Oak Common development. Transport is a key issue for all Londoners. It’s important to ensure we get the connectivity across London right. “
New Assembly Members Shaun Bailey and Tony Devenish are unable to make this PQT.