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Bexley political debate targets youngsters

PUBLISHED: 14:07 26 November 2012

On the stage left to right: Teresa Pearce MP, Jonathan Rooks, Lisa Nandy MP and Ben Howlett

On the stage left to right: Teresa Pearce MP, Jonathan Rooks, Lisa Nandy MP and Ben Howlett

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Politicial figures took part in a debate at Bexleyheath Academy to try and encourage more young people to get engaged in politics.

The debate last Thursday (22) was organised by Erith and Thamesmead MP Teresa Pearce as part of Parliament Week.

She was joined by Labour’s Wigan MP Lisa Nandy, the national chair of Conservative Future Ben Howlett and Jonathan Rooks, who stood as a candidate for the Green Party in the London Assembly elections this year.

Ms Pearce said: “There were some great contributions from across the political spectrum. “I hope the debate has prompted some more local young people to get involved in politics and help shape the society they live in.”

Politics students from across the borough attended and panellists talked about a range of topics, including lowering the voting age to 16, university fees, the living wage and jobs for young people.

The debate was chaired by Jenni Tyler Maher, headteacher of Cleeve Park Secondary School in Bexley.

Afterwards there was a lively questions and answer session between the speakers and the audience.


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