Have a voice on the concerns that matter to you.
Since June 2017, the Mayor of Greater Manchester has hosted Question Time events. Partnered with key regional media, the Mayor's Question Time aims to highlight and answer questions on local issues, posted by members of the public. This is your opportunity to have a voice on the concerns that matter to you.
Register to attend Mayor's Question Time
Date: Thursday 15th December
Time: The event opens at 7pm. You will need to be seated by 7:20pm as we will be starting promptly at 7:30pm.
Venue: Leigh Sports Villiage, Sale Way, Leigh, WN7 4JY
Questions need to be submitted by Monday 05 December.
The event will be held quarterly and will move around all Districts in Greater Manchester over time. So, we would encourage people from all Districts in Greater Manchester to register for the events.
You can ask about anything that falls under the Mayor’s control. Read more about the Mayor’s responsibilities.
When people register to attend, we ask them to submit a question. These questions are then shortlisted by an independent local journalist to make sure we have a broad range of topics covered on the night. There is also opportunity to ask questions on the night.
We can accept people arriving on the night if there is space however, we would always encourage you to book a ticket in advance to secure your place as there may be occasions that we limit numbers attending the event and would need to turn people away.
- Before the event
- Before the event, either online at home or whilst you are waiting to go through the search point, please familiarise yourself with the Admissions Policy for the Mayor’s Question Time event.
- As part of the health and safety arrangements, admission for all visitors is conditional upon agreeing to go through the search procedures and complying with all security arrangements and instructions as detailed below. The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) reserves the right to refuse admission.
- Wearing a face covering hasn’t been mandatory since 27 January 2022. However, if you would feel more comfortable wearing one, then you’re more than welcome to.
- All visitors wishing to enter the event, will be subject to a photo ID check and security search of any bags or carried items, including folding bicycles. Any prohibited items will be confiscated by the security team and handed in. The search aims to ensure that no prohibited items are either deliberately or accidentally brought into the building.
- At the discretion of the Security Officer, visitors found in possession of prohibited items may be refused entry to the building or will only be admitted if they are prepared to surrender the items to Security, for which a receipt will be issued. Any retained items can be collected, on production of the receipt on departure from the building, with the exception of certain prohibited items which are considered likely to pose safety risks to staff and the public which will be passed to the police.
- At the discretion of the Security Officer, visitors deliberately trying to conceal prohibited items or being obstructive may be refused entry and reported to the Police.
- Visitors to the event are respectfully requested to behave in a considerate and courteous manner at all times and comply with official instructions given by Security Officers and GMCA Staff. Anyone who is considered to be a threat to good order will not be admitted. Visitors must not disrupt or interfere with the activities that are taking place at the Mayor’s Question Time event.
- The intimidation of Security Officers or other members of GMCA Staff or public will not be tolerated and neither will: assault on staff; aggressive behaviour; offensive, threatening or abusive language or gestures.
- Anyone displaying these behaviours or not complying with official instructions will be required to leave Mayor’s Question Time immediately and may, at the discretion of the Security Officer, be refused from future entry.
- Visitors are advised not to make comments to security staff that could be interpreted as a potential threat; such actions could result in the police being called.
- Young people under the age of sixteen will not be permitted access to the building unless accompanied by an appropriate adult or by prior arrangement. Security staff may ask for proof of age if the visitor does not look sixteen years of age or over.
- The only animals permitted access to Mayor’s Question Time are assistance animals and (if ever needed) police search dogs.
- No photography or filming of security and reception areas is permitted.
- The use of camera or audio-video recording equipment in such a way so as to cause alarm, distress or harassment of staff or visitors, or using it in such a way that causes interference with their duties or visit is prohibited.
- No commercial photography or filming at the Mayor’s Question Time is permitted without prior written agreement from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.
- To help protect the safety and welfare of both visitors and staff, the following is a non-exhaustive list of items that are prohibited from being brought into a Mayor’s Question Time event:
- Bladed items, including: pen knives, fixed-bladed knives and scalpels
- Offensive weapons e.g. tasers, etc or component parts of weapons
- Imitation or toy weapons, including toy hand grenades and guns
- Items that could be readily converted into weapons. This includes scissors, tweezers or needles.
- Flares, fireworks or other pyrotechnics. This also includes candles with naked flames.
- Strobe lights, high intensity torches and lasers
- Hazardous materials e.g. radioactive items, CS gas, pepper spray, glue, acids & alkalis. This also includes spray paints or cans of paint. Illegal drugs or opened bottles or can of alcohol
- Mobile phone jamming devices
- Masks (other than those designed for COVID prevention)
- Items that could cause loud audible disruption e.g. whistles, megaphones, sirens, air horns, large radios / cd players / speakers
- Covert surveillance and recording equipment
- Tools e.g.. pliers, screwdrivers, wire cutters, padlocks, chains, saws, etc.
- Any items considered to be suspicious or unacceptable by security staff that the owner cannot provide a reasonable explanation for possessing
- Items likely to cause offence
THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING
Please follow this link for directions of how to reach the venue by Bus, Train/Tram, On Foot or by Car
We want this to be an enjoyable experience for everyone who comes and so there are a few things that we think are important:
- The journalist who is hosting the event is the Chairperson. This means that they manage the questions and makes sure the people asking questions get a comprehensive response. They may also choose to move the conversation on to a new topic.
- We cover a range of questions and subject areas – as everyone has different interests and wants to hear about different things.
- People are respectful and let other audience members talk and contribute, being mindful not to control the conversation.
To be able to do this, we ask that people –
- Ask only one question
- Stay on the topic that is being discussed at that particular time
- Keep questions concise and to the point
On the night of the event, we want to ensure that people get to ask their questions to the Mayor, but abusive behaviour, including towards the host, staff or other audience members will not be tolerated.
Due to the number of questions that are submitted and the time of the event, we are unlikely to be able to answer all questions but will try and cover a range of topics.
We only gather the minimum amount of information to ensure a smooth-running event. This includes your name, email and if you have any special access requirements that we need to be aware of in advance.
Please be advised that this event will be livestreamed on social media (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube etc.) and photos/videos are taken on the night and may also be shared after the event.
Watch Mayor's Question Time LIVE
The next Mayor's Question Time event will be shown live below on Thursday 29th September at 7:30pm. In the meantime, you can watch previous events on the Facebook Video Playlist or using the embedded YouTube playlist below.