Aspiring Politicians of the Future take part in the British Youth Council Debate at South Shields Town Hall

Young people, from across the region, sat in the council chamber where they debated issues and policies relating to health and well-being – the theme of this year’s campaign for the Youth Parliament of South Tyneside.

The potential next generation of politicians and councilors were joined by South Tyneside Mayor Cllr Pat Hay, who answered questions, joined in the debate and also led a tour of Town Hall.

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Councilor Hay said, “It was a privilege to host the event and bring budding politicians from across the region to visit our beautiful town hall.

“Our own Member of the Youth Parliament, Luke Hall, did a fantastic job presiding over the debate and the quality of the debate was exceptional.”

Young people listened to keynote speakers at the event and also learned strategies to develop their debating skills.

Laura Bush and Holly O’Neil from Youth Focus North East, with South Tyneside Youth MP Luke Hall, Mayor Councilor Pat Hay, and Elliot Connell and Rumpai McDonald.

Cllr Adam Ellison, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families, also participated, who added: ‘As a former Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) myself, I am delighted that South Tyneside was able to host regional MYPs and discuss these important youth issues.

“With workshops in the committee rooms and debate in the boardroom, it was a great opportunity to hone the debate skills of these budding politicians. I’m sure these youngsters will be ones to watch in the future. “

The British Youth Council was created to provide a platform for people under 25 to influence and inform decisions that affect their lives.