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Elected representatives

6. Members of Parliament are elected to represent local people’s interests in the House of Commons. How can the internet and social media help with this?

Comment:
By making them more approachable and a modern more cost efficient method of communicating. Unfortunately my own MP seems reluctant to respond to emails I have sent.

7. Does social media enhance the local link for MPs, or undermine it by involving them in more national and international discussions?

Comment:
.Used right it can enhance their status and show they they actually care about their constituents and the country as a whole.

9. What will democracy look like in 15 – 20 years?

Comment:
Unless changes are made I feel sure it will decline.

Information about politics

11. How can online provision of information about elections be improved, including details of where to vote, how to vote and the results?

Comment:
Something along the lines of a mailing list enabled to select emails based on the users postcode submitted at the time of registering. This would allow for mailings for local elections as well as buk mailings for general elections.

Political campaigning

12. Can we expect continuous election campaigning through digital channels – what would citizens feel about that and would it undermine or strengthen representative democracy?

Comment:
Personally, anything that helps promote candidates and parties has to be a good thing. Based on our recent local election I was astounded that only one candidate actually took the time to door knock and introduce themselves and only 2 parties posted leaflets through. Without online information it was difficult to find information on who was standing.