Stride celebrates National Parliament Week in Harlow

SUZY Stride, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Harlow, visited Burnt Mill School and met with pupils as part of National Parliament week. She spent a day in the school discussing political engagement and young people.

Ms Stride met with students from across year eleven to discuss with them what changes would need to be made to help young people better engage in politics. The students also discussed how they would like to see Harlow change from homes and jobs to different education policy.

Ms Stride also visited Harlow College to speak with students there about political engagement. Students spoke about what kind of politician would inspire them as well as what currently puts them off politics. Ms Stride was interviewed by two students about youth unemployment as part of their media course,

Beatrice Omirin, a journalism student at Harlow College said: “It was great interviewing Suzy because just those 20 minutes speaking to her about politics and youth unemployment was enlightening.”

Ms Stride said “It is so important that we do more to engage people in politics. So many young people are political in that they care about seeing more homes built, having better schools and hospitals. We need to do a better job of showing people that politics is about bringing change to these areas.

suzy4It was great to hear young people speaking about the change they want to see and the kind of politicians they want to see. I think when young people meet their political representatives it helps to inspire them”

Parliament Week is an exciting new national initiative that allows anyone in the county to get involved with parliamentary democracy in the UK. It is about helping to engage inform and inspire people about politics and parliament.

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