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Newspaper readers invited to grill Prime Minister

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has agreed to be quizzed by readers of a south-east weekly.

Kent on Sunday has arranged with the PM for him to receive questions for the next two weeks on all the big issues affecting their readers.

Assistant editor Jamie McGinnes said: “When Gordon Brown became Prime Minister last June I put a request in with the Downing Street press office to interview him about the big issues affecting people in Kent.

“It became clear that a one-on-one wasn’t going to happen so we discussed the idea of a readers’ Q&A. To our delight, they agreed.

“As a result, we did a splash this week inviting our readers to send in their questions. We’re going to forward on a selection to Downing Street in a few weeks and the Prime Minister will then answer them.”

He said that the paper had already been inundated with dozens of questions from readers covering all kinds of subjects, ranging from Europe and immigration to ID cards and MPs’ expenses.

It is not the first time Mr Brown has exclusively featured in Kent on Sunday.

He wrote a piece for the paper shortly after he became PM, as did Tony Blair a week before he stepped down.

Mr Brown told the paper: “I’m delighted to have this opportunity to answer questions from the readers of Kent on Sunday and to learn directly from them about the issues that they consider most important.

“I look forward to reading and responding to the points that are raised with great interest.”