On Friday a new charity designed to help engage young people in politics, Stand Up Speak Out, came to hold their first ever session with Sixth Form students from The Bushey Academy and across the MET.
A panel of three people held a Question Time-style event with the Sixth Formers and talked about how young people can engage more in politics and suggested the many ways that they could engage in politics in their communities.
The panel consisted of the following people:
Giles Kenningham – the former Head of Press at Number 10 Downing Street and spokesman to the Prime Minister. He was the Director of Communications for the Conservative Party’s general election win in 2015. Prior to this he was a special adviser/press secretary to the Secretary of State for Communities, Local Government and Housing.
Elliot Burton – Elliott is a former Special Adviser to Anna Soubry, the Small Business and Industry Cabinet Minister. During his time at the Department for Business, Burton dealt with major strategic communications challenges facing the government, including the prolonged crisis which hit the British steel industry and the collapse of BHS. He also helped ensure the successful passage of the Enterprise Act 2016 through Parliament.
Lee Davis – Lee was a Special Adviser to the former Education Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities, Nicky Morgan MP, from 2014 to 2016. Before this she was the head of education research at the Centre for Social Justice, a leading independent think-tank. She has previously worked in the private sector, including in one of London’s leading language school providers. Lee completed both her undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the London School of Economics, gaining First Class Honours and a Distinction in MSc Social Policy Planning. She currently works for the Women of the Future project which acts as a platform for the next generation of female leaders, as well as supporting Internews, an NGO fostering independent media around the world.
The students and staff learned a lot from the day and we very much look forward to working with them again.