It was a real privilege to meet with Year 10 students from Hathershaw College in Oldham. The event was held as part of the ‘Equaliteas’ project (https://equaliteas.org.uk/) to promote democracy in the 100th anniversary of the vote for women.
We discussed the Votes at 16 Campaign and spoke about the importance of democracy and for politics to be able to address the real life issues facing people in our community. Debates in parliament can often feel far removed from everyday life.
Young people raised a number of really important issues including the increase in violent crime, access to jobs and the quality of environment.
The debate was great and young people inspiring. Well done to the organisers at the school and thank you for the invite!