Featured noticeboard: Politics In Brum scrutinises all things politics in BirminghamPosted: July 24, 2012
Pauline Geoghegan runs the Politics In Brum n0tice board. Politics In Brum aims to scrutinise Birmingham City Council, its elected Councillors, and all things political in Birmingham City. Karen Strunks found out more.
Why did you set up Politics in Brum?
I set up Politics In Brum to attempt to hold the city council, politicians and decision makers to account in Birmingham. Our local press is hard pressed to cover all municipal issues in detail. I attend full council meetings, planning and scrutiny, and I have also reported live election results from both the election count and the elected mayor referendum. I provide a social media ‘bridge’ between citizens and those who purport to represent them. I have developed good relationships will politicians of all spectrums local councillors and MPs.
What do you hope to achieve with your Politics in Brum n0tice board?
In an era where trust in political institutions has broken down, I am hoping to broker a new relationship. Having worked for an MP and been politically engaged through community politics, I know that those old ways of doing things aren’t fit for purpose in this digital age. Politics In Brum engages people online but also uses face to face events to reach out beyond those who are already digitally included. For example, during the elected mayor campaign I ran four neutral public debates in community settings; a library, a sixth form college and an arts centre.
I was immediately convinced that n0tice is the perfect platform for Politics In Brum since I can utilise it for writing reports, publicising events linking to twitter and through to other social media platforms. Being able to find events, photos news and reports relating to specific geographic locations ie to Birmingham, is very appealing.
Politics In Brum covers the Birmingham area – can you tell us the best things about the city?
Undoubtedly the best thing about Birmingham is its people; diverse, friendly and creative. This city is alive with energy and ideas. Right now the pressing need to create jobs for our young people. Opportunity and hope are the words on everyone’s lips.
* You can find Politics In Brum’s n0tice board here. You can follow them on twitter @politicsinbrum, and a new website is coming soon!
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