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Tom Steinberg on accountability

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Tom Steinberg's 5 sites for holding officials to account
by Tom Steinberg

There are a variety of different websites that can help you understand more about what your politicians do and how to influence them.

To get a basic flavour of what your MP is like, such as how they voted on major issues and whether they often rebel against their own party - take a look at

If you'd like to write to that MP, or any of your local, national or European politicians visit

If you want to know much more about how your MP votes, and even construct 'fantasy MPs' to see how your MP compares with your ideal, try run by Liverpool based civic activist Julian Todd.

Closer to home, if there's a problem like a pothole or a burned out car in your street, or near your workplace, you can report it quickly and easily on

Lastly if you'd like to ask any part of the government for some information that you can't get easily, make a Freedom of Information request via

Tom Steinberg is the founder and director of mySociety, a charitable body that runs many of the best-known democracy websites in the UK, from, to to the volunteer-founded to the No10 petitions website.

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.

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