Local MP and council leader questioned by students at Saint John Houghton CVA

Published on: Thursday, 2nd August 2018

Students from schools across Erewash quizzed MP Maggie Throup and council leader Carol Hart at Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy.

Mrs Throup and Mrs Hart were being questioned by members of Erewash Youth Forum, which included students from Saint John, Kirk Hallam Community Academy, Long Eaton School, Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy and Friesland School.

After Mrs Throup and Mrs Hart introduced themselves, they held a question and answer session during which students raised issues such as pressures on the NHS and local GPs, university fees, HS2, the voting age and global warming.

In response to a question about what is being done to alleviate pressure on the NHS, Mrs Hart responded: “The pressures now are enormous as we are all living a lot longer. When a person goes to hospital they need to be seen as quickly as possible, get the right treatment and get home as quickly as possible. We need to do a lot more preventative work.”

Responding to a question about the cost of going to university, Mrs Throup said: “I’m meeting more young people who are going down the apprenticeship route and I think it’s important to give young people a choice.”

Joan McCarthy, head teacher of Saint John Houghton CVA, in Kirk Hallam, said that all of the students involved were a credit to their schools.  She said: “It is so important that our young people engage with the world around them and are aware of issues that may affect them.  The questions they asked at the youth forum meeting were excellent and they had clearly done their research.  We are extremely proud of our own students who took part and all of the young people involved should feel very proud of themselves too.”

Erewash Youth Forum is a partnership between Erewash Borough Council, Derbyshire County Council and local schools.   Its aims include listening to and speaking for the young people of Erewash, promoting equality for young people and helping them to be more involved in decisions that affect their lives.


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