Youth Politics - Speaking out to give youth a voice
On Tuesday 7th November, six members of the Sixth Form Politics Department attended the Youth Parliament debate at Wallasey Town Hall. Our elite debating team consisted of: E Harris, K Nutall, B Wentel, C Quinn, N Roberts and A Vernon. We were brave enough to forward a motion on the contentious issue of abortion rights, which was particularly challenging as we had to argue both sides of the debate, regardless of our own views. I am pleased to say that we were able to persuade the vast majority of our peers as well as the Wirral Councillors to pass our motion 41 votes to 1, with 8 abstentions.
The debate consisted of many key topics affecting the Wirral. Whilst we were there we got to put forward our opinions and introduce new ideas in a debate format. The topics centred around the key theme of mental health and how students, especially on the Wirral feel strongly that the new GCSEs are damaging their mental health. I thoroughly enjoyed the debate as it allowed me to apply not only the things that I’ve learnt in class but also gave me the opportunity to share my opinions and make a difference in my local area.
B Wentel, Yr12