Councillors reveal political inspirations

Council / 29 Jun 2018

Peterborough City councillors have revealed what inspired them to get into politics and what their roles involve as part of a week-long celebration of democracy.

National Democracy Week takes place from 2 - 8 July and is aimed at involving more people in the democratic process.

This year's celebration is especially poignant as 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote and the 90th anniversary of the 1928 Equal Franchise Act which gave women the same voting rights as men.

You can watch councillors John Holdich, Shaz Nawaz, Simon Barkham and Sam Smith answering questions about their roles via the following links:

When did you first become interested in politics? Watch video.

What is the average day in a life for a councillor? Watch video.

Is being a councillor hard work? Watch video.

How many meetings do you have to go to? Watch video.

Would you encourage your children to become councillors? Watch video.

Do you want to become Prime Minister? Watch video.

What is your proudest achievement as a councillor? Watch video

Can a local councillor really make a difference in Peterborough? Watch video.

As part of National Democracy Week, Peterborough City Council is also hosting 'Democracy in a Day' at Peterborough Town Hall on Tuesday 3 July, from 5pm to 8pm.

Members of the public, community groups and organisations are invited to come along to the event which will feature a series of workshops providing information about the electoral and democratic process including:

  • Why it is important to vote
  • Understanding the electoral process
  • How decisions are made
  • What the role of a councillor involves

Admission to Democracy In A Day is free and visitors can drop in at any time throughout the duration of the event.

Visitors will also get the chance to take a 'selfie' with the council's Mayor, win £30 worth of Queensgate shopping centre vouchers in a prize draw and receive a free goody bag.

For more information about National Democracy Week visit the website