Tooting MP Sadiq Khan welcomed over one hundred young people to Parliament for a unique event which allowed students to speak candidly about the issues that matter to them.
Students from Ernest Bevin College, Burntwood, Chestnut Grove Academy, Graveney, Saint Francis Xavier, South Thames College and the Tooting Hub recently joined their MP, Sadiq Khan.
The students were invited to give their views on what politicians can do to engage young people in politics, and what changes they would like to see in important policy areas such as education, employment and whether the voting age should be lowered to 16.
They were joined by Sadiq’s parliamentary colleagues; Shadow Business Minister Stella Creasy MP, Shadow Women and Equalities Minister Gloria De Piero MP and Shadow Minister for Civil Society Lisa Nandy MP and had the opportunity to quiz them in a series of Q&As.
Sadiq Khan MP said:
"There are currently too many young people who are disengaged from politics; they aren’t voting at election time and as a result they aren’t having their say on the big decisions affecting them. This needs to change, and that was the motivation behind inviting so many young people in Tooting to Parliament. This is their Parliament and young people need to be involved.
“It was really useful to listen to their views on such a wide range of issues. Our local sixth forms and colleges should be very proud of the input of every single student who came to take part. They certainly didn’t shy away from having their voices heard.
“There were lots of great ideas put forward, and I will be taking these back to Ed Miliband and the Shadow Cabinet, so we can work together to re-inspire our young people and better represent their interests.”
Rizwan Wahhab, from Ernest Bevin College said:
"The event had inspired those gathered to really transmit our ideas to the local community. Thanks to Sadiq for the invite, and hopefully the youth in Wandsworth will be able to engage with our MP much more in the near future"