Merton’s youth take on the politicians

Merton’s young politicians are carrying a host of activities as part of the council’s celebrations for Black History Month and Local Democracy Week – including taking part in a political speed-networking session with their local councillors.

The young politicians, aged between 11 and 18, will be giving up their weekend to enjoy a training day on Saturday 18 October. The young people will be debating issues affecting teenagers in the borough and discussing their concerns with Merton councillors. The youthful politicians will also be working on The Right Stuff – a play focusing on human rights issues.

Earlier this week the young people met at Wimbledon’s Odeon cinema on Monday 13 October to see ‘Bamako’, an African film set in Mali. Internationally hailed as a critical success, the film is a satirical and political portrait of Africa’s history.

Merton Council’s cabinet member for community safety and engagement Councillor Tariq Ahmad said: “It is extremely encouraging that the young people of Merton are so involved in the political and human rights issues affecting Merton and the wider world.

“It is vital we keep our young people interested and involved in politics and human rights so that in turn they can share their thoughts and their ideals with us. After all, it is only by listening to our young residents that we can make sure we are putting their needs first and offering them the best value services possible.”