Talk live online with the people who want your votes

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PUT your questions to the people hoping to shape Sunderland’s future.

The Echo will host live web chats with the four main political parties as the build-up to the city council elections continues.

In the coming days, readers will get the chance to quiz four senior Wearside politicians about their party’s plans for the city.

Voters will be able to ask directly about the issues that matter to them, the first opportunity of its kind for local elections in Sunderland.

Council Mel Speding will be representing Labour, Coun Robert Oliver the Conservatives, Coun Colin Wakefield the Independents and Coun Paul Dixon the Lib Dems.

Those wishing to put their questions to the councillors will have to log on to the Echo website and take part in the live chat.

Ross Robertson, Sunderland Echo digital editor, said: “This is a great opportunity for our readers to put their questions to the people who want their votes and we’re excited to be hosting it on our website.

“Whether it be about issues on a ward level or across the whole of Wearside, this will provide a link between the people of Sunderland and the political parties.

“It will also give the politicians the chance to put forward their vision for the city as well as explain why their party should get people’s votes.”

Each web chat will take place at noon.

The first is planned for Friday, with Coun Speding.

The next one will be on Monday, April 30, with Coun Dixon; then Tuesday, May 1, with Coun Wakefield; and Wednesday, May 2, with Coun Oliver.

The Echo has been building up to the elections by speaking to people in all 25 wards across Sunderland, about the issues that matter to them.

We will also be reporting live from the count on May 3, and providing comprehensive coverage in print and online.

•The first web chat will go live on Friday at 12pm at www.sunderlandecho.com/news/politics/local-election with Cllr Speding.

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