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Nuneaton youngsters have ‘date’ with politics

Young people in Nuneaton will be going on a ‘date’ tonight. But it will be a date with a difference – not of the romantic kind, but with a political edge.

Because the youngsters will get the opportunity to quiz local politicians on the issues they feel strongly about, as well as get to know them better.

The traditional format of a ‘speed dating’ event has been hi-jacked to provide young people with the opportunity to sit and chat to their local councillor for a few minutes – before moving on to the next councillor!

It’s all part of this year’s Local Democracy Campaign in Warwickshire. The ‘political speed dating’ event, one of a series that are taking place around the county, will be held at the Hatters Space Community Centre in Nuneaton tonight (Monday 10th December) and has been organised by Warwickshire County Council and Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council.

The theme of this year’s campaign is ‘take part, take power’ and the aim is to get young people more interested in local politics.

The events proved to be very successful last year, but in a crucial difference this year the councillors are going out to the young people, meeting with them in local venues.

Local councillors taking part in the Nuneaton event include, from Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council, Leader of the Council, Cllr Dennis Harvey and Borough Councillors Julie Jackson (Wem Brook), Don Navarro (Exhall), Tom Wilson (St Nicholas), Sonja Wilson (Arbury), Jeff Hunt (Slough) and John Preedy (Arbury), and from Warwickshire County Council, County Councillors Richard Chattaway (Bede), John Haynes (Bedworth North), John Burton (Nuneaton St. Nicholas) and John Ross (Bulkington).

Warwickshire County Council, in partnership with the county’s borough and district councils, has also arranged a number of schools debates, a young journalist competition and regular weblogs on the Warwickshire County Council website, http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/localdemocracy, as part of this year’s Local Democracy Campaign.