‘Ask Me Anything’ a huge success!


On Tuesday evening (4th June) I held my very first “Ask Me Anything” using my Twitter and Facebook pages.

As promised I did my best to answer as many questions from Northfield constituents as possible within the intended hour-long chat. In the end I stayed on for an extra 15 minutes and answered a total of 25 questions.

Topics that were discussed ranged widely. Local issues that were brought up included Longbridge redevelopment progress, saving community group Catch 22 and protecting leisure facilities in the constituency.

National and international issues also received notable interest. I was asked for my views on the impact that the Conservative- led Government’s divisive education policies are having on teachers, how the bedroom tax is unfairly hitting tenants as well as the looming threat of privatisation that the Royal Mail is facing.

I hope for those that took part on either social networking site found my responses useful – certainly from the feedback I have received so far I will be looking to host another one.

The questions and the feedback deepened my insight into the concerns that people have in Northfield. It all demonstrates the value of getting as many people as connected with the political process as possible.

It was fantastic to even see some that didn’t ask a question but showed interest by following the chat and helping to share/ like/ retweet what was said.

Thank you again to all who asked questions and I hope to see you all at my second Ask Me Anything, which I hope to announce soon. That’s as soon as I’ve got my breath back!

At my desk ready to take your questions!
At my desk ready to take your questions!

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Richard Burden

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I was Labour Member of Parliament for Birmingham Northfield between 1992 and 2019 and a former Shadow Transport Minister. I now chair Healthwatch in Birmingham and Solihull, and the West Midlands Board of Remembering Srebrenica. I also work as a public affairs consultant. I am an effective community advocate and stakeholder alliance builder with a passion for human rights. I am a trustee of the Balfour Project charity and of Citizens Advice Birmingham, and a former Chair of Medical Aid for Palestinians.

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