Scouts Speak Up continues

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This weekend, Scouts took the debate to the Labour party conference in Manchester.

The Scouts Speak Up events give Scouts the chance to meet with MPs and discuss the issues that are important to young people.

On Sunday, Scouts from around the country gathered in the north west to grill politicians and MPs on the issues that affect them and their community, such as affordable housing, university choices and the challenges and benefits of volunteering.

The next generation

Toby Perkins, MP for Chesterfield commented on the event: 'It was fascinating to speak to the young people. They had some great questions but had also thought about some of the answers. We spoke about all the factors that matter to them in a mature way.'

Rob Fello MP for Stoke-on-Trent South , said: 'It's good to inform MPs about the work of The Scout Association and I would like to see the wider public to know more about what Scouting has to offer.'

Kelsey, a Group Scout Leader and student from Merseyside, highlighted the importance of the events: 'Scouts Speak Up gives young people the opportunity to highlight issues concerning them. It also gives MPs the opportunity to listen to the next generation of voting adults.'

The next Scout Speak Up event takes place on:

Sunday 7 October 2012 Conservative party conference, Birmingham.

If you'd like to find out more about events like this, or want help engaging your local representatives , please contact us at citizen@scouts.org.uk

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