Baroness Young encouraged students to get engaged with politics on a visit to Denbigh School today.
As part of the Lord Speaker’s Peers in Schools outreach programme, Baroness Young of Old Scone talked about the role that politics plays in society in a bid to inspire them to vote once they reach 18.
The Baroness’s presentation, which supports the student’s Citizenship studies, focused on the parliamentary process and life at Westminster.
She expressed her belief that people as young as 16 should be able to vote and recently argued for this in parliament in time for the EU referendum.
Although defeated, she said that she will keep trying, as she grew up in a time when apartheid was very much in the news and, at 16, she had strong political views.
Headteacher Andy Squires told the Citizen: “The visit to Denbigh by the Baroness gave our students a fantastic opportunity to interact with a working member of the House of Lords, who knows the parliamentary system inside out.
“Westminster life can sometimes seem far removed from young people’s daily lives, but the presentation by the Baroness, not only gave an insight into how important their vote is in terms of citizenship, but how it impacts and determines the work of politicians.”