Thomas Bridge 02 December 2014

The return of #AskPickles

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MPs have called on the public to send in questions for communities secretary Eric Pickles on subjects including devolution, housing and council budgets.

Members of the public will once again be able to field questions for Pickles through Twitter by adding the hashtag #AskPickles to their tweets.

Queries will be selected by the Communities and Local Government Committee, with a number being put to the communities secretary at a meeting on 16 December.

Committee chair, Clive Betts, said use of #AskPickles last year had helped create a ‘very successful session’ and urged the public to pitch their questions before 11pm on Monday 8 December.

‘Over the five years which Eric Pickles has spent as Communities and Local Government Secretary, there is much to reflect on,’ Betts added.

‘We’re looking for short, punchy questions on local government to ask Eric Pickles. And remember the hashtag #AskPickles.’

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