Celebrating Local Democracy Week

Published: 6 October 2017

Redbridge students will take the stage in Question Time style debates with local Councillors throughout the October in secondary schools across the Borough.

The debates are held to mark this year’s Local Democracy Week (Monday 9 October to Sunday 15 October) and aim to strengthen links between Councillors and the local community. 

Students from five secondary schools will quiz a panel of Councillors, one from each of the three main political parties, for one hour. Topics have been chosen by the students themselves and include relevant issues affecting their daily lives.

Through the debates students will find out about the views of their local Councillors on hot topics and will learn more about what it means to be a Councillor.  As well as empowering youths, the Council is reaching out to women who are currently underrepresented in politics at all levels in the UK.

In two events this October, one at Orchard Children’s Centre and the other at AWAAZ Group, a group of female Councillors will speak to an all-female audience about what got them into local government.

Councillors from across all three political groups will take part in the event, which will be an opportunity for women to meet some of Redbridge’s female councillors that are passionate, ambitious and already stand for what they believe in. 

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