The next generation meet local MP at Parliament

A new generation of would-be politicians came face to face with Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps last week (Tuesday 16 July) when the Youth Council met him for a hard-hitting Q&A session and a tour around the Houses of Parliament.

Youth Council trip

The five Youth Councillors questioned the MP on diverse topics such as: support for the LGBTQI+ community, the increase in knife crime, Brexit, young carers, plus the environment and the impact of global warming. The questions were based on the Youth Council's current priorities.

Youth Council Vice-Chair Laura, 15, who studies at Stanborough School, said: "The youth council were extremely privileged to go to the Houses of Parliament and we were lucky enough to have a tour and we learnt a lot about how politics has changed over time! When we met Grant Shapps, our local MP, he made us feel very welcome.

"Not only did he give us interesting answers, he also asked us for our opinion as well! This made us feel important and worthy. The trip really opened our minds to future careers. It was an amazing experience we'll never forget!"

Councillor Terry Mitchinson, Executive Member for Leisure, Culture and Communications, said: "This trip has become something of a tradition for our Youth Councillors and it's a great way for them to experience both local government and national government at work. They had a good rapport with Grant Shapps, and we thank him for his time. The visit has really fired them up to continue their great work in our community!"

Grant Shapps MP said of the visit: "I always enjoy meeting the Welwyn Hatfield Youth Councillors and it's always great to see some new young faces who are keen to put their questions forward. We had a really interesting discussion on some diverse topics which they clearly feel passionate about.

"I think their work in raising awareness of the struggles of local young carers and the push for equality in society shows their commitment to helping others and making a difference. I think I may have seen some politicians of the future."