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Caribbean Question Time to inspire voting in UK elections

POLITICAL PRESSURE: A visitor poses a question at a previous Caribbean Question Time

MEMBERS OF the UK’s Caribbean community will get an opportunity to challenge representatives of the three main political parties vying for their votes in the upcoming May 2015 elections when the popular Caribbean Question Time (CQT) forum returns later this month.

The forum, hosted by the Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS), for the fifth year on Friday, March 27, in Westminster, central London, has become a renowned public discussion in which the Caribbean community in the UK – which comprises approximately one million citizens, including first and second generation members – meet to discuss pertinent issues that affect them.

Paulette Simpson, senior manager for corporate affairs and public policy at the JNBS UK Representative Office, explained that CQT has also become a much anticipated prime-time event for the community and the political parties.

She said: “There are political representatives who recognise that Caribbean voters are integral in determining their political careers.

"And, the platform at Caribbean Question Time, provides them with the opportunity to share their policies and listen to the specific concerns of citizens as well as to indicate how they will address the needs of the community.”

The only discussion series of its kind being held in the UK, Caribbean Question Time has grown steadily over the years and has continued to maintain its appeal to the growing Diaspora community, resulting in the over-subscription of recent Caribbean Question Time events.

“The Caribbean community in the UK has grown; and while our voices and votes may not have been not regarded as being effective in the past currently, political representatives are recognising the importance of our votes,” Simpson added.

To be a part of this forum, guests must register online to request tickets at http://caribbeanquestiontime2015.eventbrite.co.uk

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