MPs, money and websites: a good mix?

Come and join the New Statesman and New Media Awards crew in the rather plush surroundings of Middle Temple to discuss: “Will MPs use their Communications Allowance effectively?”

Members of Parliament have voted to give themselves £10,000 each a year to spend on things like websites to boost "public understanding" of Parliament; but how should this be spent and can MPs be trusted to spend this money wisely?

Quite a few bloggers like Iain Dale have had their doubts but some like Paul Evans are far more positive.

Kicking off our debate we have writer, thinker and trainer David Wilcox (who has explored the issue here and here), the director of mySociety Tom Steinberg (mySociety have made this suggestion of how the money could be used) and chair of the All Party Internet Group Derek Wyatt MP. I shall do my best as chair at keeping things in order and making sure everyone has a say: including you.

When: 17 May, 6-9pm
Where: La Grande Marque, Middle Temple Lane, London EC4Y 9BT (map)

The evening is FREE, but you must register, as places are limited.
To register please email Charlotte Eisenhart: charlotte@newstatesman.co.uk