Aspiring politicians battle to stand for Norwich in UK Youth Parliament

Aspiring politicians made a bid to represent Norwich in the UK Youth Parliament by campaigning on poverty, education and the economy.

Seven youngsters debated the issues affecting the city's youth at The Forum in Norwich on Saturday afternoon.

The hustings were held to decide who would stand as Norfolk's next candidates for the parliament.

Norfolk County Council said it had a record number of applicants this year, with more than 50 young people coming forward.

Candidates Ryan Bedwell-Woods, Billie Bell, Kimberley Bradfield, Rebekah Dunning, Calum Hady, Gemma Hawes and Becky Shearing were all standing to represent the Norwich North constituency.


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Billie said he would campaign to make sure young people's voices were heard, while Kimberley said she would help people with disabilities.

Rebekah said: 'Parents are constantly having to work so they don't have time for their children.'

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Gemma told the hustings: 'This is our future and we are throwing it away.'

Those who are elected will spend two years in office.

Alison Thomas, cabinet member for Children's Services at Norfolk County Council, said: 'It is great to see so much interest in the Youth Parliament elections this year and highlights how keen Norfolk's young people are to have their voices heard.

'This is the first opportunity for many young people to get involved in the democratic process and ensure that the right person represents them on a national stage.'

Do you have an education story for the Evening News? Contact education reporter Victoria Leggett on 01603 772468 or email victoria.leggett@archant.co.uk

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