People in Cambridgeshire have the chance to pose questions to local councillors as part of a ground breaking TV debate produced by young people.

The initiative, Question Cambridgeshire, a Question Time style TV programme, is thought to be a first for the county involving local politicians.

It involves media students, aged 16 - 18, from Cambridge Regional College teaming up with the award winning community website, ShapeYourPlace.org to produce the show.  The debate will be recorded live on 19 June and broadcast the next day via http://www.shapeyourplace.org/. The TV debate is part of a final project for the students.

Five county councillors representing each of the political groups at Cambridgeshire County Council will  take part - Steve Count (Conservative), John Hipkin (Independent), Peter Reeve (UKIP), Amanda Taylor (Liberal Democrat) and Ashley Walsh (Labour).

Local people can pose suggested questions via the ShapeYourPlace.org with the students choosing the final questions. To post a question go to http://www.shapeyourplace.org/. Alternatively, they can tweet their questions to @shapeyourplace or post them on the ShapeYourPlace Facebook page. The deadline for questions to be submitted is Wednesday 11 June.

ShapeYourPlace.org is a community website developed by Cambridgeshire County Council working with a whole range of partners. Its main aim is to help local people raise issues about where they live and have a conversation with councillors and local organisations, including the police, local councils and the fire service.

Addam Morley, aged 19, a Film and TV student at Cambridge Regional College, said: "It's a fantastic opportunity to produce a TV Show with a live debate involving real politicians. We're learning so many skills about how to produce a T.V. show, from set design, to producing and editing. We now need people to submit questions."

Sandy Willatt, Digital Engagement Manager at Cambridgeshire County Council, added: "It's wonderful to be working with the students - they have so much enthusiasm. This is also a great opportunity for people to see and hear about some of the big issues facing Cambridgeshire and from their local politicians. If it's a success we may look to do more TV debates in the future."

Anne Constantine, the Principal at Cambridge Regional College, said: "We are delighted to welcome the County Councillors to the college for this innovative event which will provide our students and the people of Cambridgeshire with a great opportunity to question their elected representatives. Our students will be working very closely with Shape YourPlace.org on the event and it will provide them with some excellent hands-on project experience."

 

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