Giving the young a political voice

A debate geared to get young people interested in politics is taking place tonight at Luton’s Hat Factory.

Part of the UpRising programme, young people from across Bedfordshire will get the opportunity to put forward the issues that matter to them and have them answered by an expert panel of politicians.

The panel for the debate are Richard Fuller Conservative MP for Bedford, Gavin Shuker, Luton South MP for the Labour Party, Linda Jack of the Liberal Democrats, Marc Schiemann of the Green Party and Jack Duffin of UKIP.

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Over the summer, UpRising has worked with a diverse group of talented young people in Bedfordshire and Luton as part of the My Voice My Vote programme. The programme gives young people from across the county the opportunity to gain an understanding of voting and politics, as well as the chance to run their own social action campaign. Tonight, participants will be showcasing their social action campaigns as well as hosting the political debate for young people.

A number of supporters of UpRising, including local businesses, youth workers, political figures and young people with a passion for politics will be in the audience to celebrate the success of this new programme.