The authors of the 2016 Audit of Political Engagement present their findings and discuss how public attitudes towards politics, Parliament and MPs have changed over the past year with a panel of expert commentators.
- Joel Blackwell – Senior Researcher at the Hansard Society and co-author of the Audit of Political Engagement
- Dr Ruth Fox – Director and Head of Research at the Hansard Society and co-author of the Audit of Political Engagement
- Jess Philips MP – Member of Parliament for Birmingham Yardley
- Tim Loughton MP – Member of Parliament for East Worthing and Shoreham
Chair: Penny Young – Librarian and Director General of Information Services, House of Commons
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