Students debate with councillors on crime and olympics
Date posted: 21-10-2012
THURROCK’S Council Chamber was the scene of two impassioned debates on Tuesday (16 October).
Twenty-six young people and councillors from across the political spectrum took part in Your Voice – Your Debate, as part of national Democracy Week.
The debates were entitled: Was the Olympics worth the money? and Should the Police be armed?
Both topics had been chosen by Thurrock Youth Cabinet members and both provoked passionate and informative debating.
The debates were chaired by Becky Kenyon a former Thurrock Youth Cabinet member and Member of Youth Parliament.
Young people came from across the borough to take part, including the Thurrock Youth Cabinet, Aveley Youth Forum and others who signed up for the night.
Current Member of Youth Parliament, Anne Marie-Ola, said: “Debating with the councillors on current affairs was a great way to participate in Democracy Week.
“Expressing our views, challenging each other and interacting with the councillors was a fun and insightful experience.”
And Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr John Kent, added: “The debates were interesting and thought-provoking. It gives one confidence in the future to know that young people are prepared to argue their case in a structured way.”