With local Council elections taking place across the country, students at The Sixth Form College, Solihull got involved with a Politics Day at the Widney Manor Road campus this week.
Organised by Student Council, three local councillors attended to talk to students about what they do as councillors and what they believe in as members of their chosen parties. They stressed the importance of young people voting and answered students’ questions on a range of issues including homelessness, housing, street cleaning, public spending and how they can engage with young people using social media. Austerity was also discussed, but the conversation largely steered clear of Brexit!
The councillors in attendance were Councillor Katy Blunt from the Conservative Party, Councillor Ade Adeyem from the Liberal Democrat Party and Councillor Max McLoughlin from the Green Party. They gave students a useful insight into their inspiration behind getting involved in politics, as well as advice on how they can get involved, be it simply voting, volunteering to help a political party or even standing as a candidate for election as a councillor or MP.
Student Council Chair Amaan Ali, a former Hodge Hill College student studying Biology, Chemistry and Psychology at A level, commented:
“As Chair of the Student council I wanted to get more students involved in politics. I set this event up to help facilitate that and I’m grateful to the three councillors for coming in to College to talk to us.”
Amaan also set up a display about the different political parties in the Refectory to give students more information about their options when they case their vote.
3 May 2019