interviewing the new MP’s with Catch21
I spent a few days last month filming interviews with about 50 of the new batch of MP’s. Working
with Catch21, the idea behind ‘mpinions’ was to encourage political engagement by ‘humanising’ the new crop and asking them simple yet timely questions – such as ‘do you believe in proportional representation?’
All MP’s we’re asked the same 5 questions –
1) What is your main priority as a new MP?
2) What colour is the coalition government?
3) Are you in favour of electoral reform and if so which system?
4) What is your special talent and can you demonstrate it briefly to us on camera?
5) Where are you off to next?
Video’s are being posted here, on facebook and being linked to from all over the place. So far the interviews with Duncan Hames, John Glen, Liz Kendall, Ian Murray, Angie Bray, Kate Green, Simon Wright and Peter Aldous have been uploaded. MP’s still to come include Caroline Lucas, Zac Goldsmith and Julian Huppert.
The project was supported and promoted by the HansardSociety, Dod’s Parliamentary Communications (via e-politix), Operation Black Vote and The British Youth Council and of course the new MP’s themselves.