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Redbridge’s next generation of politicians grill councillors at annual youth debate

PUBLISHED: 10:41 22 November 2016 | UPDATED: 10:42 22 November 2016

Redbridge Town Hall

Redbridge Town Hall

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Donald Trump, Brexit and the borough’s mental health services for teenagers were just some of the items on the agenda at Redbridge’s annual youth debate last night.

At Redbridge Town Hall the borough’s youth council were joined by Cllr Ian Bond (LD, Roding), Cllr Emma Best (Con, Church End) and Cllr Elaine Norman (Lab, Newbury) as well as Pcs Daniel Scripps and Saxon North-Cornell, to discuss the biggest issues affecting young people today.

Among the items discussed in the crowded chamber were younger people’s experiences of racism in Redbridge, the potential impact of Donald Trump’s presidency on the UK’s economy and the long-term effects of Brexit.

After two hours of spirited discussion, Cllr Elaine Norman, cabinet member for children and young people, concluded the debate by congratulating the youth council on their continued hard work.

She said: “This is the third year I have been involved with the youth debate and I think you have gone from strength to strength.

“I am always amazed by how interested and engaged you are, and how knowledgeable, so thank you all for taking part.”

Redbridge Member of Youth Parliament Amishta Aubeelack chaired the meeting.

“It was quite nerve wracking,” the 17-year-old Woodford County High pupil told the Recorder after the debate. “But it’s a great thing to have done.

“It was my first time ever chairing a meeting and the thing I really struggled with was not being able to have as much input on the discussion, because you’re supposed to remain neutral, but I think it went really well.”

To read a full report on this year’s youth debate be sure to pick up a copy of this week’s Recorder, on sale from Thursday.


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