Caribbean Question Time to Inspire Voting in Upcoming UK Election
Members of the Caribbean Diaspora will determine which candidate in their constituency will get their votes in the upcoming May 2015 elections in the United Kingdom (UK), following the opportunity to engage their political representatives at the annual Caribbean Question Time (CQT) fora, on Friday, March 27.
The forum, being hosted by the Jamaica National Building Society’s (JNBS) Representative Office in London, for the fifth year, has become a renowned context in which Caribbean nationals in the Diaspora meet to discuss pertinent political issues affecting their constituencies, which comprises approximately 1 million citizens, including first and second generation members.
Miss 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 some political representatives.
“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 articulate their vision for the constituency; and, listen to the specific concerns of citizens; as well as, to indicate how they will address the needs of this minority population in their overall vision.”
The only discussion series of its kind being held in the United Kingdom, CQT has continued to maintain its appeal to the growing Diaspora community, resulting in the over subscription of recent Question Time events.
“The Caribbean Diaspora in the UK has grown; and while our voices and votes were not regarded as being effective in the past, due to the laidback approach we took when it came to political matters; currently, political representatives are recognising the value of votes coming from this group of the electorate,” Miss Simpson pointed out.
“And, conscious of the value of this and other platforms, Caribbean migrants are demonstrating the power that they have by holding politicians responsible for positive changes in their constituencies,” she stressed.
The March 27 forum, to be held in Westminster, London, is part of the JNBS UK Representative Office’s corporate social responsibility, which takes a holistic approach to addressing the needs of Jamaicans and other Caribbean migrants residing in the United Kingdom.