The Youth Parliament in session

VIDEO: Youth Parliament meets at Christ Church

The politicians of the future may have been at Canterbury Christ Church University last month.

City MP Rosie Duffield joined school pupils as they took part in the Youth Parliament, an event which encourages youngsters to examine the political issues of the day.

More than 120 pupils took part and spoke on topics including LGBTQ stereotypes in society, mental health awareness, homelessness, the EU referendum and immigration.

Ms Duffield, who today celebrates the first anniversary of her historic election to Parliament as the city’s first Labour MP, said: “It was fantastic to see so many engaged young people with a view to making a difference.

“During my question and answer session it was evident that young people care about a variety of issues, ranging from public transport in the county, to global warming.

“Canterbury Youth Parliament gives young people the chance to participate in debates and explore practical solutions to their concerns.

“I really enjoyed hearing the student’s creative ideas to tackle the war on plastic. I’m excited to share these ideas with my Labour colleagues in Westminster.”

The Youth Parliament took place in Christ Church’s Powell Building.

The schools Canterbury which took part were: The Canterbury Academy, Spires Academy, St Anselm’s Catholic School and The Archbishop’s School.

Also attending were Brockhill Park School in Hythe, Astor College in Dover, The Malling School in West Malling and Hartsdown Academy in Margate.

Storm Herring, 14, a pupil at Astor College, said: “For our project of the day we learnt about waste in school and talked about how much one person made in an academic year. It was around 22k of waste and then we expanded it from nurseries through to college – from age two to 18.

“Everyone made valid points which could be used as potential solutions. There was positive reinforcement from Rosie Duffield and lecturers within the university.”

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