Tower Hamlets students display their political prowess

13:53 13 October 2016

The Young Mayor candidates. Picture: Rehan Jamil

The Young Mayor candidates. Picture: Rehan Jamil

© Rehan Jamil

A complaint often lodged against young people is that they don’t take enough of an active interest in politics.

Local Democracy week runs from October 10 to 16. Picture: Rehan JamilLocal Democracy week runs from October 10 to 16. Picture: Rehan Jamil

Well students from Tower Hamlets have been proving that isn’t the case as they’ve been taking part in a series of debates and events as part of Local Democracy Week.

On Monday pupils from Stepney Green Secondary School and Mowlem Primary School learnt how to tackle the problem of bullying whilst on Tuesday 43 nominees for this year’s young mayor position debated the barriers women face in the workplace.

The mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, was pleased to see so many young people participating in Local Democracy Week events.

“It is fantastic that so many of our young people are getting involved in the local democratic process,” said the mayor.

“I am looking forward to their views on the council’s approach to safeguarding, and the ways we can use their ideas to shape our approach.”

On top of the other events, the youth council met yesterday to prepare a speech to be delivered to the mayor during next month’s cabinet meeting.

Tomorrow the speaker for the council, Cllr Khales Uddin Ahmed, will take pupils from Mowlem Primary School, in Mowlem Street, Cambridge heath, and Marion Richardson Primary School, in Senrab Street, Stepney, on a tour of the council chamber.

Local Democracy Week runs from October 10 to 16.

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