Last week, a group of young people from Plymouth’s Mutley Greenbank Trust visited Parliament to have a question and answer session with their Member of Parliament, Luke Pollard who represents Plymouth Sutton and Devonport.
Before meeting up with Plymouth’s Labour MP to share their thoughts about politics, they went on a tour to learn the history behind the House of Commons, the House of Lords and the Palace of Westminster.
The youngsters, ranging from 13 to 19 asked Luke about his views on a number of political issues. Questions ranged from funding for schools and youth groups, to young people’s mental health and some of the older members asked what could be done for those struggling to find work after they left school. As well as answering questions, Luke asked them for their opinions on how to deal with the issues they raised and encouraged them to get active in politics and use their voices to make change.
Luke Pollard MP said:
“I am continuously impressed with how clued up Plymouth’s young people are when it comes to politics. The young people from Mutley Greenbank Trust asked some really probing questions around funding for schools, youth and mental health services.
“For too long young people have been given a poor deal and let down by Government. I want to see young people have their voices heard by politicians so they can’t be ignored. That is why I support lowering the voting age for 16 and 17 year olds as well as properly funding, schools, youth groups and young people’s mental health services.”
“It’s vital young people in Plymouth and around the UK feel empowered to stand up for themselves by voting in elections and getting involved in politics in their local communities. I was proud to meet such an engaged group of young people from Plymouth who are so passionate about improving things for young people in our city.”
One young person from the Mutley Youth Group said:
“It was good and insightful. He answered all our questions and points well, he gave us information about what he wants to do for the people in Plymouth in the future”
Another young person who attended said:
“It was an insightful meeting that can hopefully translate young people’s concerns to the PM.”
If any other youth groups want to visit Parliament please get in touch – email firstname.lastname@example.org