HERE'S your chance to talk with your local MP, live at the House of Commons.
Hyndburn's residents will have a unique opportunity to quiz their MP Greg Pope from the comfort of their own homes on Wednesday 26 January, thanks to a new on-line initiative from the local community portal Hyndburnlife.co.uk.
Mr Pope has represented the people of Hyndburn since 1992, when he became one of the youngest Labour MPs.
And although he has an office in his constituency and holds regular advice surgeries, this will be the first time he has taken advantage of new technology, when he participates in a special one-off on-line surgery, direct from his office in the House of Commons.
Launched in October, Hyndburnlife.co.uk was specially created to be at the heart of the Hyndburn community.
The site is simple to use and provides browsers with relevant and useful information at their fingertips about the place where they live, work and play.
As well as up-to-date community information from organisations such as Hynd-burn Borough Council, Citizens Advice Bureaux, Lancashire Police and local sports clubs, charities and schools, users can join on-line community activities, like discussion groups on a wide variety of topics.
This is the first time that Hyndburn Life's users will be able to speak directly to their elected Member of Parliament.
The on-line surgery, which will start at 6pm and last about one hour, provides the chance for users to put their questions to Mr Pope on any topic.
His political interests include housing, education, foreign policy, trade and fighting poverty.
However, he also enjoys chess, music and watching football, supporting Blackburn Rovers, Accrington Stanley and Great Harwood Town.
The Hyndburn Life project is the flagship community initiative of the borough's e-strategy and is led by Hyndburn Council on behalf of other local partners.
Tony Garner, Portal Development Officer for Hyndburn Life and moderator for the on-line surgery, said: "I am delighted that Greg has agreed to participate in this initiative. It's a first for Hyndburn Life and I'm confident it will prove to be a useful source of communication all round."
Mr Pope added: "As the local representative for Hyndburn I welcome any initiative that encourages the flow of information.
"I am constantly striving to improve my constituents' access to information about their rights and their community, and I welcome any opportunity for them to provide me with feedback."
Mr Pope will endeavour to answer as many users' questions as possible in the allotted time and has given assurances that all questions received on the evening of the on-line forum will receive a response by 2 February.
If users want to pose a question that they would prefer to be handled on a one-to-one basis, they can e-mail Mr Pope in confidence, via his Hynd-burn Life e-mail address, Greg.Pope.MP@hyndburnlife.co.uk), which has been set up for the purpose of the on-line surgery.
To take part in the on-line surgery, users must register on the Hyndburn Life website. Registration is free and only takes a couple of seconds. Just visit www.hyndburnlife.co.uk and click on "register''.
However, if users are not able to participate on the night, they can simply e-mail their question to the surgery's moderator at firstname.lastname@example.org and a selection will be put to the MP.