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Minister for the Constitution Chris Skidmore meets Politics students

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Minister for the Constitution, Chris Skidmore met Politics students from Long Road Sixth Form college to discuss how they can raise awareness of voter registration in the lead up to the election for the first mayor of Cambridge and Peterborough.

The session started with two presentations, the first one by Year One Politics students Saffron Hope, Connie Kimpton and Princess Tamou on getting young people to engage in politics, and the second by Year Two students Daniel Colthart and Torrin Wilkins on how to persuade young people to use their vote.

Students then engaged in lively discussion with the minister on what democracy means to young people living in the East of England.

Chris Skidmore said:

“I was impressed by the level of debate and interest shown by Cambridge’s college students today. This government is committed to a democracy that works for everyone and this means understanding the needs of young people, and other under-registered groups, on their own terms.

“Over the coming months, people in Cambridge will be canvassed by different parties in the lead up to the election for the first mayor of Cambridge and Peterborough. This is an exciting time in your local history and it’s crucial you register to vote so you can have your say. Whoever you are, whatever your background, wherever you live – your voice matters.”

Chris Sherwin, college principal, says: “We are delighted that Chris has chosen to visit Long Road Sixth Form College to hear about our initiatives to ensure that all our students register to vote.  We take our role in promoting democracy with our students very seriously, and our efforts begin on the first day that they join the college, when we show them how to register to vote and encourage them to do so at the same time.  Our students are also encouraged to become involved with the UK Youth Parliament, with the majority wanting the Youth Parliament to campaign on obtaining the right for 16 and 17 year olds to vote in all elections and referenda.”

The Cambridge News, BBC Look East and BBC Radio Cambridgeshire also attended the visit, and our students appeared on BBC Look East and BBC Radio Cambridgeshire Drivetime. See: Cambridge News

Main photograph, left to right: Daniel, Torrin, Saffron Hope, Connie and Princess