I have published my interim report on my 2018 Big Conversation, my annual community consultation. The report is a summary of all the action I have taken on the issues raised with me by constituents during the three-week listening event.
The Big Conversation is a unique community consultation that I hold at the start of every Parliamentary year, which I launched shortly after my election in 2010. Last year’s Big Conversation ran from 14th September to 6th October 2018 and comprised forty events, held over sixty hours and involving 1375 constituents. The main themes were crime and policing, health and social care, Brexit and transport. The interim report focuses on my work to date on these issues, as well as social security, homelessness and rough sleeping and schools. A further final report will be published later this year.
I’m listening and responding to constituents all year round, but the Big Conversation allows me to get out and hear their views to set my priorities as their MP at the start of each Parliamentary year. Reporting back allows people who engaged with me at one of the forty events or through my survey to see how they have influenced my work and to hold me to account on it. I am now looking forward to the Big Conversation 2019 and would urge anyone with ideas for events with local groups to get in touch with my office.