Getting young people engaged with politics in Merton

Local Democracy Week kicks off in Merton next week on Monday 14 October with plenty of activities lined up to bring together elected politicians with the future generations of electors.

Merton primary schools will be given tours of the Civic Centre throughout the week, which will include a visit to the Council Chamber where key decisions on the borough are made throughout the year and an opportunity to meet the Mayor of Merton in her parlour.

Local MPs Siobhain McDonagh and Stephen Hammond will be offering lucky students from their constituencies a tour of the Houses of Parliament whilst Councillors Maxi Martin, Maurice Groves and Peter Southgate will be giving a talk to the Merton Children’s Council at their annual general meeting about the role of councillors, followed by a question and answer session.

Members of Merton Youth Parliament will also have the chance to debate political hot topics with councillors in the Council Chamber.

Cabinet member for children’s services, Councillor Maxi Martin said: “Our young people are the future of this borough and it is important to engage them in local democracy from an early age. I look forward to meeting some of them during the week and hope they enjoy all the activities available to them.”

For more information visit www.merton.gov.uk/localdemocracyweek