YouTube inquiry does not go far enough

Jo has welcomed a Parliamentary inquiry which will receive evidence from witnesses via YouTube, but said it is high time Parliament put its own clips on the site.

Witnesses to a Parliamentary inquiry will for the first time be allowed to submit evidence via YouTube, it was announced today. The Lords Information Committee inquiry, ‘People and Parliament’, is looking at how Parliament can make better use of online resources to communicate with the public. Members of the public will be invited to submit their views via a web forum and also via YouTube.

Jo has been campaigning to end the ban on putting clips of Parliamentary debates on YouTube.

Commenting, Jo said:

“I am pleased that this enquiry is finally taking place, as Parliament is a long way behind the rest of the country when it comes to using new media. We need to be utilising forms of communication which allow the public to interact and respond, rather than just passively consuming information.

I have been campaigning for more than a year to allow clips of Parliament to be put up on YouTube. This would help to engage a much wider audience in politics, but some fellow MPs have shown resistance over concerns about the rating and commenting features. The public has a right to engage in two-way conversation with elected representatives, and MPs shouldn’t be afraid of people talking back to them.”

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