Andrew Gwynne MP, whilst attending the annual Labour Party Conference, made time to meet up with Jack Biddle, one of nearly a hundred Scouts from across the UK at a special fringe “Scouts Speak Up” event on Brighton Pier last Sunday. These Scouts Speak Up events provide Scouts with a valuable opportunity to talk to their MPs about the issues that affect them both locally and nationally, allowing them to discuss how they can actively help positive change happen.
These events have proved to be a huge success in recent years in terms of empowering young people. This year, Scouts were given the opportunity to choose subjects of discussion and prepared questions to ask the MPs prior to the event. All the Scouts who attended showed that they are passionate about having a positive impact on today’s society.
Andrew Gwynne MP said,
“These events are always fantastic in building up a strong rapport between MPs and young people. I find it fascinating to hear how passionate young people are about their communities and the dynamic ideas that they have to enact social change, illustrating the modern relevance of Scouting.”
Jack Biddle, an Explorer Scout, aged 17, said
“I really enjoy how these events help young adults in Scouting to become more politically interested and help change for the better”.
Chief Scout Bear Grylls said,
“Events like this are really important for Scouts who are looking to make change happen. I want members to feel empowered to fulfil their dreams and ambitions, value the contribution they make to our communities and to feel proud of everything they do. For all those campaigning for young people to get their voice heard and be a positive force in society I say well done, keep at it and don’t give up. Together, we’re stronger.”