The People's Politician
Over on the Editors blog to introduce The People's Politician Tom Giles, executive producer, BBC Current Affairs, has written:
Today, the BBC is helping to launch an new experiment to try and re-invigorate the link between MPs and their constituents - using what's known as "direct democracy" to test how far politicians are willing to do what local people want.
Tom goes on to explain:
Two long-serving MPs - both standing down at the next election and from very different constituencies - have agreed to take part: Ann Widdecombe (Con - Maidstone and the Weald) and Richard Caborn (Lab - Sheffield Central). Ann starts today with an announcement in her constituency and a new website. Richard Caborn will do the same early in the new year.
For three weeks, they'll try to become as accessible as possible to their constituents - using online tools, social networks and text messaging. They'll aim to find out what issues their constituents want them to champion and turn into real action - whether in Parliament or elsewhere.
Paul Murphy is the Editor of the Internet blog.