LOCAL MP Karen Lumley held the latest in her series of Snack ‘n’ Chat events last Friday (May 20) to try and engage with prospective teenage voters in Redditch.
Mrs Lumley invited sixth form students from RSA Academy Arrow Vale to McDonald’s in Oakenshaw to the event.
The idea is to get teenagers talking about politics, and to encourage them to find out a bit more about what their Member of Parliament does – her roles and responsibilities – as well as what is involved in becoming an MP and what her daily routine is like. And at the same time the students get free food courtesy of McDonald’s.
“It is vitally important that we engage with those who will be able to vote in the next few years,” said Mrs Lumley.
“I am very aware that young voters have become disenfranchised with politics and politicians and I am anxious to do all I can to try and engage their interest.
“This is not a party political matter – it is all about getting information across to the young people, and they proved that they can be politically astute as we chatted about Syria and the upcoming EU referendum among other hot topics.”
Rob Holdcroft, franchisee at McDonald’s in Redditch, added: “I am very happy to host these events as I believe that to get young people engaged in politics is an admirable aim – and if it means offering free food to entice them along, that’s fine, while McDonald’s hopefully offers a friendly and familiar environment for the students.”
Students from Tudor Grange and St Augustine’s High Schools, as well as those from HoW College will be invited to subsequent events.