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Youth politics event hailed great success

Youth politics event hailed great success

28 February 2023
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Attendees of the Youth Politics Event

Wokingham Borough Council welcomed secondary school pupils from across the borough last week to its first Youth Politics Event, where they heard local councillors debate issues that affect their everyday lives.


The event, organised by the council and chaired by Wokingham Borough Youth MP Holly Mackinnon, took place in the Council Chambers at the civic offices and hosted representatives from local parties who were invited to discuss topics chosen by members of the youth council.


Liberal Democrats Cllr Stephen Conway, Labour Cllr Andy Croy, Conservative Cllr Pauline Jorgensen and Green Party Member David Chapman took part in the hearty debate, explaining the position of their parties on issues including lowering the voting age to 16, climate emergency, mental health support and the cost of living crisis.


The debate was followed by passionate speeches delivered by youth council members Eliza Bombonati and Zoraez Imran who spoke eloquently about child poverty and the education system. This was followed by an engaging speech from Anika Dixit about her positive experience of being a member of the Wokingham Borough Youth Council, encouraging attendees to join and get more involved in local issues that affect them.

Youth MP hopes to inspire others  

Wokingham Borough Youth MP Holly Mackinnon was inspired after attending the Youth Parliament’s annual debate in the House of Commons last year and wanted to work with the council to host something similar here in Wokingham Borough. Holly, who is also chair of the Wokingham Borough Youth Council, said: “It’s great to have this opportunity for young people in the borough to engage with local decision-makers, and learn more about the UK’s political system.


“We really enjoyed the opportunity to hear the different standpoints of the four parties in attendance and thank them all for giving up their time to share their views on subject that are important to us.”

Listening to the future generation of our borough

Leader of the council Clive Jones, who was also in attendance, said: “What a fantastic opportunity, not only for these students to find out more about politics, but also for local councillors like myself to hear what is important to the younger generation of Wokingham. 


“I hope this is the first of many events like this and encourage all secondary school students to sign up to the Wokingham Borough Youth Council to have your say in issues that are important to you.”


For further information about joining Wokingham Borough Youth Council email youthvoice@wokingham.gov.uk.


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