Budding politicians from Malvern St James visit the Council

A group of budding politicians from Malvern St James Girls' School paid a visit to the Council House last week to share their ideas for the future.

The 11 year nine students attended a full council meeting held on Tuesday 4 December where they met with councillors and presented their own political party manifestos.

The pupils Alexandra, Cecelia, Chloe, Cicely, Claire, Emma, Lana, Romilly, Rosemary, Sofia and Ysabel formed five groups called Future Gen, HELP (Health, Environment, Learning Party), Imperium, Audacious and We Can.

As well as presenting their own manifestos, the groups did a party political broadcast, a speech for their party leader and answered questions during a Q&A session.

Some of the ideas focused on climate change, the future of the NHS, education, prison rehabilitation, the benefit system, Brexit and more.

The visit follows their successful presentations at the 'EqualiTea' event on 29 June where more than 60 people from across Malvern joined together to celebrate 100 years of votes for women.

Organised by Malvern Hills District Council in partnership with Malvern St James, the national 'tea party' saw resident, students and councillors gather for an afternoon of tea, cake, talks and debate.

The event formed part of the council's community engagement action plan which aims to work with schools and partners to bring communities together, as well as to give young people a voice and develop skills.

Dr Rebecca Jones, Librarian and Head of Learning Enrichment, Malvern St James, said: "Our girls enjoyed the opportunity to present their own policies to Malvern Hills District Councillors. It was an excellent experience for them to be able to defend their ideas in the face of challenging questions from the floor."

Cllr Andrea Morgan, Chairman of Malvern Hills District Council, said: "It is great to see so many young women taking an interest in politics and coming up with ideas for a brighter future for us all. I want to thank Malvern St James for visiting and sharing their thoughts with us. Events like this are important for creating a dialogue with younger generations and developing essential skills."

Pictured: The students from Malvern St James with Cllr Andrea Morgan, Chairman of Malvern Hills District Council

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